The FIA Formula E Championship -- the world's first electric race series -- will hold round seven of its inaugural season on the streets of Long Beach next year as part of an effort to boost the popularity of electric cars, it was announced today.
The Long Beach ePrix is set to take place April 4, featuring 20 drivers, including F1 stars Lucas di Grassi and Jaime Alguersuari.
"These cars are fast. These cars are sexy and these cars are very quiet," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "Long Beach is a city that is passionate about sustainable transportation."
Long Beach was selected to host one of the 10 international races by championship promoters Formula E Holdings, according to Alejandro Agag, Formula E's CEO.
"I have every confidence that the people of Long Beach and Southern California are going to experience a revolutionary, and of course very exciting, new racing event come April 2015," Agag said. "The goal of Formula E is to showcase the true potential of electric vehicles and to inspire people to believe in these cars for their own personal use."
Long Beach already has been hosting a street circuit since 1975.
The race will last a maximum of one hour on a 1.5-mile circuit on the existing Long Beach Grand Prix circuit. Drivers will use two different cars in the race since the batteries, when running at racing speed, only last about 25 minutes.
Di Grasi said he is looking forward to the race.
"Long Beach is one of the most iconic city tracks in the world," Di Grasi said. "This is the perfect place for Formula E to showcase innovation and sustainability."
--City News Service