Formula E Stories August 26

Nissan has announced that it’s the first Japanese automaker to join a United Nations-supported “Race to Zero” campaign, which is focused on accelerating electric vehicle implementation and reaching carbon neutrality. With the long-established LEAF on the market and an all-electric crossover on the way, Nissan said it aims to make all new-vehicle offerings fully electric… but not until “the early 2030s.”

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Formula E Stories August 18

Mercedes has announced that they will pull out of Formula E at the end of next season, the 2021-2022 race season.

The announcement comes just after the conclusion of this year’s Formula E season, which saw Mercedes win both the Teams’ and Drivers’ championship (via Nyck de Vries) last weekend.

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Formula E Stories August 13

Formula E’s season finale is coming up this weekend in Berlin with a doubleheader of races at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit. It’s another two-race weekend, but this one is a little different – for the second race, the cars will go the opposite direction around the track to shake things up a bit.

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Formula E Stories July 23

Formula E returns to London this weekend for another doubleheader, but at a new venue. This time, the race will be held in and around London’s ExCeL convention center in a unique track layout which Formula E says is the first indoor-outdoor race in motorsport history.

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Formula E Stories July 8

The Formula E season is starting to close down, with just three race weekends left in New York, London, and Berlin. This weekend, we return to the shadow of the Statue of Liberty for another doubleheader in Brooklyn.

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Formula E Stories June 17

After a few weeks off, Formula E is back with a doubleheader in Mexico. This time, we’ve moved from Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to nearby Puebla and the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed.

The race comes after a truly excellent Monaco ePrix, the first time Formula E has raced on the full historic Monaco circuit and one of the better races the track has ever produced.

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Formula E Stories May 7

Formula E returns to Monaco this weekend, but it’s different this time. Rather than racing on an abridged version of the track as they’ve done before, they will finally race on the full version of the most famous racetrack in the world.

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Formula E Stories April 22

Formula E will race in Spain for the first time ever this weekend at the Valencia ePrix, with races on both Saturday and Sunday.

We’ve also got some Formula E news that’s happened in the last couple of weeks, including a new electric GT race series, NIO’s long-term commitment to Formula E, and the plan to race in Monaco at the full historic circuit for the first time — instead of the shortened version that has been used before.

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Formula E Stories April 21

Think your Tesla Model 3 is charging fast at 250kW? The FIA’s GT series would like to have a word with you. The international motorsport body today introduced the specs of its GT race series that includes a crazy-fast but also crazy-necessary charging rate of 700kW(!!)…

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Formula E Stories April 8

After a six-week break, Formula E returns this weekend with another double header in Rome. Better yet, races are planned to continue every two weeks from now until at least through the start of June.

We’ve also got some Formula E news that’s happened in the last month, including long-term commitments to the series from Porsche and Nissan and the announcement of a new race-modified electric Mini safety car (perhaps a sign of things to come to the showroom floor?)

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Formula E Stories February 24

After last season was significantly rearranged in the middle of a global pandemic, Formula E, the top electric racing series, is back this weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The season’s first race weekend will consist of two races, one on Friday and another on Saturday.

The new season brings the same teams and few technology and rule changes, but includes several new tracks and drivers.

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Formula E Stories March 27, 2020

The season finale of the 2019-2020 all-electric Formula E Championship is scheduled to take place at a unique indoor/outdoor 2.4-kilometer circuit in London. But with several of this year’s venues postponed for at least two months ­— and the future of others uncertain — London’s ExCel center will instead be converted into a makeshift hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

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Formula E Stories December 12, 2019

ABB FIA Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi is a UN climate ambassador and electric mobility entrepreneur. He traveled to New Delhi, India, to learn more about the fight against air pollution. He then made a documentary about his experiences there, which Formula E debuted today.

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Formula E Stories November 20, 2019

The new season of Formula E, the world’s top electric car racing series, starts on Friday with a doubleheader in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Notably, two new teams are joining from brands with classic motorsport ties: Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

The last Formula E season was the most exciting one yet, so tune in this weekend to see if they can manage to top it. There will be two races this weekend, on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/4 p.m. UTC/7 p.m. local Diriyah time.

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Formula E Stories October 25, 2019

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton spoke about several environmental issues and revealed that he’s in the process of swapping out his internal combustion cars for electric ones, in a press conference ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix.

Hamilton also commented on recent rumors that he might switch to Formula E, stating that he has “no interest whatsoever” in joining the series.

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Formula E Stories July 10, 2019

Formula E has had a wild season this year, with unpredictable, close racing and tight championship battles for both drivers and teams.  It’s finally coming to an end this weekend in New York, with races on both Saturday and Sunday to finish out the season.  Jearn-Eric Vergne and Techeetah currently have a big lead for the drivers’ and teams’ championships respectively, but anything could still happen in these last two races.

The track is in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, located near the Brooklyn cruise terminal.  The track offers great views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  We’ll have Seth and Phil on-site at the ePrix this weekend, so if you want live updates from the track, check out our Instagram.

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Formula E Stories July 5, 2019

Extreme E, an upcoming racing series that will see all-electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world, gave us the first glimpse at its vehicles today with the unveiling of the Odyssey 21.

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Formula E Stories June 20, 2019

The Formula E championship is coming up on its last few races of the season, with only this and the upcoming doubleheader in New York left to round it out.  This weekend Formula E returns to Switzerland for only the second auto race in the country in more than half a century.

In 1955, Switzerland banned auto racing nationwide in response to the 1955 Le Mans disaster where hundreds of spectators were killed or injured by a horrific crash.  This ban remained in place for 60 years until the country repealed it in 2015 – but only for electric racing.  The move was made to attract Formula E to the country, and last year Zurich held the first race in Switzerland since the ban was implemented.  This year the race moves to a new track in the de facto Swiss capital city of Bern with an interesting feature near the exit of turn 4 – an actual bear pit.  Like, a pit.  With bears in it.

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Formula E Stories May 23, 2019

After a surprisingly exciting race at the often-processional Monaco circuit, Formula E continues this crazy season at the Berlin ePrix at Tempelhof airport this weekend.  Last year Audi swept their home race with a 1-2 finish, will they be able to repeat the feat and get back in the running for the teams’ championship this year?

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Formula E Stories May 8, 2019

The principality of Monaco, an enclave for the rich and famous which houses its fair share of exotic cars, has been a racing mecca for 90 years.  But it’s not just gas cars which find a home here – the famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit, site of the most prestigious race in the world, hosts Formula E for the third time this weekend.

Not only does Monaco host the ePrix, but in addition, the Prince of Monaco, Albert II, has been an electric car supporter for quite some time.  He even owns a Model S and drove it around the circuit for a parade lap before the Grand Prix a few years ago.

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Formula E Stories April 25, 2019

The exciting, close racing of this Formula E season continues this weekend in Paris.  Last race in Rome was the seventh race of the season and again we had a new winning driver and new winning team.

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Formula E Stories April 10, 2019

Formula E’s action continues to impress this season. In six races, we’ve had six different winners, leaving an incredibly close race for both the drivers’ and teams’ championship. This Saturday, the series returns to Rome after last year’s inaugural Rome ePrix, seeking to continue to produce exceptionally exciting races.

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Formula E Stories March 20, 2019

We’re back to China again after just two weeks, for a race on a brand-new track along the seaside in the resort city of Sanya, on the southernmost tip of the country.

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Formula E Stories March 7, 2019

The next Formula E race is this Sunday, along the Hong Kong waterline at the Hong Kong Central Harbourfront Circuit.

This is the first of two race weekends in China this year, the next being scheduled two weekends from now on March 23rd in Sanya, the southernmost point in the country.

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Formula E Stories February 14, 2019

The next Formula E race is this Saturday, at the classic racing circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the heart of Mexico City.

Before I spoil the results of the last Formula E race with our race recap, the race is available in full on Formula E’s YouTube page.  Head on over to watch it if you’re so inclined.

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Formula E Stories January 24, 2019

Formula E hits the track again this Saturday, January 26th in Santiago, Chile, just two weeks after the last race in a racing series historically more accustomed to month-long breaks between races.

Before we start talking about the last race, I’d encourage any who are interested to watch the full race over on Formula E’s YouTube channel.  It seems to be available for free in (all?) regions. Consensus is that it was an exceptionally good race, one of the best Formula E has produced yet.

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Formula E Stories January 10, 2019

Last month we got our first look at the new Formula E cars taking the track in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for the first race of the 2018-19 season. The season continues this Saturday in Morocco, at the third running of the Marrakesh ePrix.

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Formula E Stories December 12, 2018

Electric cars have been finding their way into racing success the last few years, and the biggest game in town is Formula E, the FIA’s all-electric open-wheel racing series.  The series’ 5th season starts this weekend with the Ad Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia.

The new season brings new tracks, new teams, new drivers, new rules, and most importantly: a new car which is capable of much more than last season’s.

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Formula E Stories September 19, 2018

As we reported a few months back, Schaeffler has built a crazy new all-electric vehicle by adding a battery pack and 4 Formula E electric motors to an Audi RS3 in order to create an 880 kW all-electric racing car.

They have now let German race driver Daniel Abt drive the machine and make ‘the hottest donut ever’. expand full story

Formula E Stories July 14, 2018

Thanks to Nissan’s race team who sponsored our trip to Brooklyn, we’re on site at the 4th year of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)’s Formula E event where there will be races both today at 3PM ET and tomorrow and carried on network television in the US for the first time.

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Formula E Stories May 31, 2018

Schaeffler has built a crazy new all-electric vehicle by adding a battery pack and 4 Formula E electric motors to an Audi RS3 in order to create a 880 kW all-electric racing car. expand full story

Formula E Stories April 18, 2018

Similar to how Formula One acted as a test bed and helped advance technologies for the automotive industry, Nissan now wants to leverage EV tech development in the Formula E racing championship for its electric cars. expand full story

Formula E Stories April 10, 2018

Several major automakers are set to enter the Formula E electric racing championship for the next season and now Porsche has officially been included as a manufacturer by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) today. expand full story

Formula E Stories February 26, 2018

Bernie Ecclestone is no stranger to controversial statements.  The 87-year-old former Formula One executive who ran the series for decades can’t go more than a few weeks without voicing an idea about the trajectory of the series which leaves people scratching their heads.  Once, he floated an idea to install sprinklers on tracks to simulate rain-affected races.  More recently, he’s had several complaints about engine noise – he thinks they need to be louder.

But Ecclestone’s most recent statement is the first we’ve found worthy of coverage on Electrek: he now thinks that F1 should go electric, by 2021.

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Formula E Stories January 30, 2018

Formula E, now known as ABB Formula E, says that “today marks the start of a new era of electric racing.”

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Formula E Stories December 1, 2017

After a few months on break and a few updates to the rules and teams, Formula E starts their fourth season this weekend with two races in Hong Kong – one on Saturday, one on Sunday.  Last year’s champion Lucas Di Grassi will see if he can defend his win from Sebastian Buemi, who was dominant all season but ended up in second place after missing two crucial races in New York City.  Buemi’s team, Renault e.dams, is back to defend their three-straight team titles – the only team to win a championship since the series began.

There are a few changes this year, but the technological changes are only slight, with max power output increasing from 170kW to 180kW.  The big shakeup will happen next year, as more manufacturers join the competition and the cars get a new chassis, new battery and 250kW of power.  Nevertheless, the racing should continue to be close and exciting as it has been since the sport’s inception in 2014.

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Formula E Stories October 25, 2017

Nissan becomes the latest automaker to announce that it will be joining the Formula E electric car racing championship with its own team.

They will join in the 2018-19 season when things will start to get more interesting with the new electric race car platform and as individual teams get more freedom. expand full story

Formula E Stories September 21, 2017

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team unveiled the latest version of their all-electric Formula E race car for the upcoming season of the racing championship today and confirmed that Mitch Evans and former Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will drive the vehicles. expand full story

Formula E Stories August 14, 2017

The season 3 of the Formula E all-electric championship just concluded and it marks further progress in the electric motorsport’s attempt to become mainstream and attract more fans.

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Formula E Stories July 25, 2017

The first few seasons of the all-electric Formula E championship have been more successful than most motorsport fans would have ever predicted.

Over the past few months, it managed to convince Audi and BMW to take spots for future seasons and this week, Mercedes-Benz has now announced that it will have its own team.

While all those premium automakers are joining the Formula E, Tesla has been surprisingly staying away from the all-electric championship despite being a leader in the development and commercialization of EVs. expand full story

Formula E Stories July 7, 2017

Audi has been showing a lot of interest in electric motorsports over the last year – going as far as quitting Le Mans to focus on all-electric Formula E.

They have been increasing their involvement with the ABT Sportsline team and today, they announced that they are officially taking over the team’s slot. expand full story

Formula E Stories March 21, 2017

The Formula E, an all-electric racing championship, has been gaining a lot of credibility over the last few year with several serious automotive companies, like Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, Jaguar, and Audi already involved in the championship, as well as a few newcomers like NextEV and Faraday Future.

BMW Motorsport has also been involved through its backing of the MS Amlin Andretti team, but now the German automaker is announcing its intention to enter the season 5 of the racing series with its own team now that it has been approved as a manufacturer. expand full story

Formula E Stories February 18, 2017

Roborace, an electric driverless car racing series which is currently still in development, had their first “real” “race” today, driving two DevBots on the same street circuit at the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix.

The two cars made their way around the track at a cautious yet respectable pace, with the “winner” reaching a top speed of 115 mph. Unfortunately, the losing car didn’t fare so well, getting itself into an accident and taking itself out of the race.

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Formula E Stories February 15, 2017

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The all-electric Formula E championship is off to a surprisingly good start since its launch in 2014 considering the level of difficulty associated with establishing a new racing championship.

It is still facing some technological problems, but most of them should be solved in the next generation of the race cars. We are now seeing the first pictures of the new concept. expand full story

Formula E Stories November 11, 2016

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While Formula E’s electric race car platform is still arguably in the experimental phase and not enough subsystems can be modified, the championship certainly appears to be moving in the right direction. We recently learned that McLaren will soon supply them with a new battery pack technology with the help of Lucid Motors and it should double the energy capacity of the vehicles, as well as help the overall performance.

Several serious automotive companies, like Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, Jaguar, Audi are already involved in the championship, as well as a few newcomers like NextEV and Faraday Future. The latter released today the specifications of their own Formula E electric race car. expand full story

Formula E Stories October 26, 2016

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Considered part of the “Triple Crown of Motorsport” alongside the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours race, started in 1923, is one of the oldest and most prestigious races in the world.  Teams are allowed three drivers and must race to complete the most laps over a 24 hour period, which means that winning cars must show exceptional performance, reliability and efficiency.

As a result of this, the race has been used as a proving ground for many technological advancements, most recently the appearance of hybrid electric vehicles which first raced in 2009 and have won the race every year since 2012.

Audi has absolutely dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans ever since they returned to the race 18 years ago.  With 13 wins in those 18 years, they have been the manufacturer to beat at the race. In particular, they are credited with heralding the “diesel era” of the race, leading to diesel-engined winners from ’06-’11, and diesel-electric hybrids from ’12-’14.

So today’s announcement that they would quit the World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans race comes as a bit of a shock. Or does it? expand full story

Formula E Stories October 4, 2016

In advance of Formula E’s 2017-2018 season start this Sunday in Hong Kong, news came today that Mercedes has signed an “option agreement” reserving their position as one of 12 teams for the 2018-2019 season, up from 10 teams this season.

Mercedes joins a growing list of manufacturers involved in Formula E – Renault, Citroen, Mahindra and NextEV are already team title sponsors, with Jaguar, Audi, and Faraday Future all joining this year, and McLaren recently beating out Porsche and current supplier Williams to supply batteries for the series in the future.

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Formula E Stories September 30, 2016

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Earlier this year, McLaren confirmed its development of new hybrid powertrains to be introduced in its vehicle lineup and that it was even considering building an all-electric version of the P1 or P1 GTR. Now McLaren will have a great opportunity to showcase its battery technology as it was announced that the British-based automaker won a contract to supply the battery pack for upcoming seasons of the Formula E championship. expand full story

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