Formula E is the all-electric open wheel racing series you sort of pay attention to. Make no mistake it is a big deal even if it hasn’t hit the mainstream yet. Manufactures are flocking to Formula E faster than any other series. Big players like Volvo, Renault, Jaguar, BMW and Audi have already confirmed factory programs.
Smaller companies like Venturi Automobiles and NextEV have also confirmed programs. Next EV is the same company that made the EV that nearly whistled its way to the overall Nurburgring lap record. All told there are 9 manufactures who have received homologation through the 2021 season.
This is exactly what the FIA wanted when they created Formula E. They wanted the big, established manufactures mixing it up with brand new, up and coming EV companies.The big brands bring with them the financial might to move EV technology forward. While the little guys have the creative out of the box thinking that will achieve the same thing. If I worked for the FIA I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of Formula E.
As far as I see it, the only things holding Formula E back is the need for two cars per driver for each race, and the overall pace of the cars. Formula E has been smart with both. The battery tech has caught up so fortunately drivers will only require 1 car starting in Season 5. As far as the pace is concerned, I am confident the technology will continue to grow and the cars will get faster and faster.
Formula E is coming, make no mistake about it. There is way too much manufacture interest for it to go anywhere. Way too much interest in the future of EVs for it not to be technically relevant. While it may not be on your radar right now, it should be, because it is on the rise in a big way.