They say all good ideas start on the back of a napkin. The first laptop, the original Mini and, as of the evening of March 3, 2011, the idea for an all-electric street racing series all started out as nothing more than scribbles on a napkin.
Written in just a few words in a restaurant in Paris were the beginnings of what would become the world’s first all-electric international single-seater championship. The beginnings of Formula E. Authored by FIA President Jean Todt and Spanish businessman Alejandro Agag, together the two developed the series as a means to demonstrate the potential of sustainable mobility to help create a better, cleaner world.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship – a new era of the all-electric racing
In January 2018, Formula E welcomed global technology and robotics giant ABB as title partner of the Championship, sparking a new era of all-electric street racing aided by one of the biggest names in electrification. With a total of nine manufacturers on board – the likes of Jaguar, Nissan, BMW, Audi, DS, and Mahindra – Formula E serves as a competitive platform for global car manufacturers and mobility providers to test and develop road relevant technologies. By racing on the streets, the series acts as a catalyst, helping to refine the design of electric vehicles and improve the driving experience for everyday road car users all over the world.
VISION AND OBJECTIVES
At Formula E, we aspire to accelerate change towards an electric future, one race and one city at a time. Through the championship, we aim to raise awareness and inspire change in sustainable practises, contributing to reducing global carbon emissions and urban air pollution. As a business with a higher purpose, we’re committed to doing better and preventing the causes of climate change.
Using the spectacle of sport, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is sending a powerful and meaningful message to help alter perceptions and speed-up the switch to electric mobility. We also operate as a testbed to push the development of new technologies needed for an electric, low-carbon future. Working in close collaboration with our host cities to leave a lasting legacy wherever we race, Formula E is racing for a cleaner future, faster.