The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Drivers, start your batteries: Electric cars to race in 'Formula E'


NEW YORK (AFP) - Motor racing is set for an electric makeover that will see a new generation of green cars speeding at 220 kmh around urban racetracks - at least until their batteries run out.

Mr Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings, says the global championship, which has been authorised by motorsport's governing body the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, will help finally make electric cars popular.

"That is one of our main objectives: to change perceptions of people about electric cars if we manage to have a championship that is sexy, that people like, that they see people racing without breaking down," he said.

Formula E is planned to start in 2014 with 10 races staged worldwide between about May and November.