Los Angeles to host Formula E Racing in 2014
L.A. – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has officially welcomed the FIA Formula E Championship to Los Angeles, becoming one of 10 global cities to host the world’s first fully-electric Formula E race, starting in 2014.
L.A. was selected to host one of the races by Championship promoters Formula E Holdings as it already has an electric vehicle infrastructure, notably the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Electric Vehicle Program.
L.A. has made many preparations to encourage the wider use of electric vehicles, such as upgrading or installing 121 public electric vehicle charging stations, streamlined processes necessary to upgrade electrical panels in homes and businesses, and issuing rebates for in-home electric charger equipment and installation fees as part of their ‘Charge Up LA’ program.
Mayor Villaraigosa: “By hosting Formula E Championship races here, we ensure our place as a leader in the charge to generate awareness for electric vehicles and their benefits. By selecting Los Angeles as the site of their Championship races, Formula E Holdings brings international attention to our City’s electric vehicle infrastructure programs and increased tourism revenue to our City.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings: “We are very thankful to the Mayor and the authorities for the enthusiastic welcome they have given our Championship and are honoured to have Los Angeles on board to host Formula E and share our passion for promoting sustainable motoring. “Los Angeles’ iconic landmarks provide a perfect backdrop to bring to life the excitement of Formula E racing, while at the same time, inspiring people to believe in the electric vehicle for their own personal use. The LA race is also going to have a real positive impact on the City by creating many new job opportunities together with considerable amounts in visitor spending and of course a great sense of community pride.”
The Los Angeles Formula E race is planned to take place on city streets in downtown LA although a number of routes are still being considered.
Ron Nichols, LADWP General Manager: “Los Angeles is the car capital of the world, and it’s fast becoming the EV capital of the world. We are very excited to have the Formula E Championship here and to showcase the city’s achievements in expanding EV charging infrastructure and promoting EV use among our customers.”
Crowds were treated to a display along Hope Street of a Formula E car in an American flag and driven by ex-Formula 1 racer and official Formula E test driver Lucas di Grassi.