Renault is leaving, Nissan is joining Formula E
Renault-Nissan Alliance announces big news today for the future of the FIA Formula E Championship. Renault e.dams team, which took all three FE Teams’ titles in previous three season, will leave the series at the end of Season 4 (2017/2018). Their Japanese partner will enter the world’s leading electric racing championship instead.
“We had an incredible championship run during our first three years in Formula E and look forward to a competitive fourth season with the benefit of a very stable environment at Renault e.dams. As a pioneer in EV, we have learned a tremendous amount about high-performance electric vehicles and energy management that directly benefits our EV customers. After Season 4 we will focus resources on our aggressive goals for Formula 1 and we look forward to continuing to gain benefits from motorsport racing across the Alliance with Nissan,” said Thierry Koskas, Groupe Renault EVP sales & marketing.
Ahead of Nissan’s entrance into Formula E, Renault and Nissan will work together to ensure a smooth transition, leveraging the expertise and development already available.
Nissan accelerated its electrification these days, presenting new concept vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show and announcing the entry into Formula E in Season 5 (2018/2019).
“As the ultimate expression of the thrill of instant acceleration and agile handling that’s at the heart of Nissan zero-emission driving, Nissan is going to electrify the Formula E championship,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of global marketing and sales, EV business.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, is excited to welcome Nissan and said, “To have a name like Nissan coming on board is a momentous day for the series. Not only is it great to welcome a new manufacturer to the Formula E family – it’s great to see our first Japanese manufacturer entering the frame, showing truly how global the electric revolution is. Japan is a country at the forefront of new technologies with one of the biggest followings of Formula E. The shift towards sustainable mobility is in motion and it’s unstoppable. I look forward to seeing the Nissan logo adorned on the new-look cars for season five.”