Nissan confirms Formula E entry from 2018-2019
Nissan is set to become the first Japanese carmaker to compete in the FIA’s all-electric Formula E championship, when it joins the series in 2018.
The move to join the Formula E series gives Nissan a highly visible platform from which to show off its popular electric vehicles.
“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, the firm’s executive vice president of global marketing and sales for zero-emission vehicles. “Nissan will be the first Japanese brand to enter this growing championship, bringing our long history of motorsports success to the Formula E grid.”
The series’ founder, Alejandro Agag, was pleased to have another manufacturer join the championship. “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,” he said. “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.”
It is expected that Nissan’s group partner, Renault, which currently competes in Formula E as the e.dams team’s technical backer, will leave the series, enabling the French marque to focus on its works Formula 1 team. The FE entry is held by the e.dams team, so it looks likely that Nissan will simply replace Renault as the partner of the e.dams team.