The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first racing series for high-performance electric cars. The series is the electric equivalent of Formula 1 and holds races around the globe, mainly on city street circuits. The aim is to bring competition and technology to the city centres – where the numbers of people and the traffic problems are at their greatest. From the very beginning, the goal of Formula E was to hold races on the streets of the world’s most famous towns and cities with the best racers and teams. This approach is intended to highlight the possibilities of sustainable mobility and bring electric vehicles to the forefront of public awareness, thereby helping to make the world a cleaner and better place.
The first Formula E championship race was held in 2014 on the site of the Olympic Park in Beijing, and was won by the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi. The series stopped off in 14 different cities in its debut season, and has so far made two visits to Switzerland – Zurich in 2018 and Bern in 2019. Today, Formula E is an established part of international motorsport, having become an exciting event with 12 teams and 24 riders. Spectators and fans can influence the race by voting for their favourite. The driver with the most votes during the race receives an additional “Fanboost”, which is often decisive when it comes to determining the winner. Many major car manufacturers are involved in this innovative project, and also use the racing series as a development platform and an opportunity to showcase their latest achievements. The electric cars serve as technology carriers for gaining knowledge that can then be integrated in series production.