Mercedes-Benz has plans to enter the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2019-20 season. The Stuttgart, Germany based car manufacturer initially reserved an entry prior to the season-opener in Hong Kong last year, but Mercedes has chosen to extend the option for a further year and commit to race in Formula E for season six – joining the growing list of brands shifting focus to electric. The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series, competing on the streets against the backdrop of some of the most iconic cities – including Hong Kong, Marrakesh, Buenos Aires, Monaco, Paris, New York and Montreal.
“In motorsport, we want to be the benchmark in the premium segment and also explore innovative new projects. With Formula 1 and Formula E, we have achieved exactly this balance. Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture – it offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies. Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience – and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
Lauding the initiative of Mercedes-Benz, Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO, Formula E said that more manufacturers are joining the electric revolution.
“This shows how much the world is changing, not only in motorsport, but the whole automotive industry. We are witnessing a transformation that will first change our cities, and then our roads. Formula E is the championship that embodies that change, and together with all our teams and manufacturers we will keep pushing for technologies, to have better and more affordable electric cars,” he added.