London has been chosen as one of the first host cities when the so-called ‘Formula E’ makes its debut next year, bbc.co.uk reports.
The new racing marque will see fully-electric vehicles race around ten of the world’s most celebrated cities, including Rome, Miami, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro. So far, eight hosts have been announced, with two set to follow in the coming months.
The inclusion provides positive news for London, with the decision affirming the capital’s role as a promoter of green technology. It could even see big players in the electric vehicle manufacturing industry descend on London’s function venues in future when it comes to looking for markets into which they can expand.
No circuits have been officially confirmed by the organisers, but it is thought that an initial plan to host the race outside Buckingham Palace could come to fruition. It has been said all the routes will take place centrally across the host cities, with all locations easily accessible via public transport in a bid to continue with the green-energy theme.
Speaking after the bid was declared a success, London mayor Boris Johnson told londonlovesbusiness.com: “Zero emission world class motor racing is a scintillating concept and I am hugely keen that London be involved in the birth of Formula E.
“It has the potential to highlight the impressive strides being made in the manufacture of electric vehicles and hosting a street race could also be of considerable economic benefit to our city.”