Vancouver in Canada will host the annual ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in July 2022. The international racing series for fully electric single-seater race cars takes place annually at different city-street tracks around the globe. The selection of Vancouver recognises its status as one of the most sustainability-conscious cities in the world.
Formula E cars will be taking to the streets of Vancouver during Canadian E-Fest. Organised by the OSS Group, the event aims to bring awareness of environmental leadership to the world. The event is expected to top $80 million in economic value and create approximately 3,000 jobs.
Comprising 4 pillars, the Canadian E-Fest will include the E-Prix, an electric single-seater car race as part of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship; E-Live, a 2-night concert series; E-Volve, a 2-day conference staged by C2 International; and E-Sports, a tournament gathering virtual gamers across Canada.
Éric Deschênes, Country Managing Director and Head of Electrification Business for ABB in Canada, said, “The return of Formula E to Canada, this time in our country’s greenest city, is a testament to the progress being made towards a more sustainable world for Canadians. The metropolitan setting of Vancouver offers the ideal platform to highlight ABB’s technologies for e-mobility, smart cities, sustainability, and energy solutions, amplified by the appeal of the championship. It is an opportunity for technological development and represents ABB and Formula E’s shared vision for the future of a cleaner, more sustainable world for all.”
ABB’s partnership with Formula E began in January 2018, bringing together the global technology leader with the world’s first fully electric international motorsport series. For ABB, the championship serves as a competitive platform to test and develop e-mobility-relevant electrification and digitalisation technologies, helping refine the design and functionality of electric vehicle components and accelerate the transition and uptake of e-mobility on a global scale. The return of the series to Canada complements ABB Canada’s work for more than a century, innovating and investing to provide leading electrification and automation technologies to Canadian industry.
To further reinforce ABB’s commitment to driving e-mobility progress forwards in Canada, ABB Canada will be donating up to a total of $50,000 in electrical chargers to the city of Vancouver, and will work closely with the city to determine which chargers are supplied based on Vancouver’s current needs.