Formula E approaches the starting grid

Electric vehicles in the motor-racing spotlight

By Janice Blondeau

Janice Blondeau

The inaugural season of the world's first fully-electric racing series, Formula E, will run from September 2014 to June 2015.

The Formula E series gives the opportunity to showcase electrical vehicle innovations in a racing environment.

Ten teams, ten cities

For the first season, 10 teams with two drivers each will compete in 10 cities across the world. Races are planned for Bejing, China; Putrajaya, Malaysia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Los Angeles and Miami, USA; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Berlin, Germany and London, UK.

One car for 2014

The Spark-Renault SRT-01E is the first car to be homologated by the FIA. For the 2014-2015 season, each team will run four Spark-Renault SRT-01E Formula E cars, two per driver. The cars and teams will be based at a purpose-built central workshop in the UK. From season two, Formula E will become an open championship with teams designing and developing their own cars, in accordance to the technical specifications set out by the FIA.


The traction battery is a RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System), supplying electric energy to the power circuit and so to the traction motor. The maximum weight of the Battery Cells and/or Capacitor of the RESS must not be more than 200 kg. The amount of energy that can be delivered to the MGU (Motor Generator Unit) by the RESS is limited to 30 kWh. This will be permanently monitored by the FIA.

Cars will accelerate from 0 kph to 100 kph in an estimated time of 3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 220 kph.  Maximum power will be available during practice and qualifying sessions while during races, power-saving mode will apply. A 'Push-to-Pass' system will temporarily allow maximum power for a limited time during a race.

Innovation showcase

The Formula E series will provide car manufacturers and constructors with the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations in a racing environment. Organizers hope that this multi-make series will foster research and development around the electric vehicle and push the boundaries of current technology.

A long-term aim of Formula E is to accelerate the market penetration of electric vehicles by appealing to new audiences.

Formula_E_logo2 The Formula E series gives the opportunity to showcase electrical vehicle innovations in a racing environment.
22826115_spark_renault_SRT-01E (image_credit_formula_e) The Spark-Renault SRT-01E will be used by all teams in the first season. (Photo: Formula E)
Depositphotos_33466001_l Formula E hopes to accelerate the market penetration of EVs by appealing to new audiences worldwide.