Formula E and the Governor of Japan reach an agreement to add the Tokyo E-Prix starting with Season 10 (2024).
Formula E will welcome Tokyo, Japan to its list of cities the Championship will be visiting. On October 4, 2022, Formula E reached an agreement by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike for the Japanese capital to host an E-Prix race for Season 10 in the spring of 2024. Formula E has not had an active Japanese driver since the 2014-15 season with both Takuma Sato and Sakon Yamamoto. Regardless, all parties appear to be ecstatic for Tokyo and Formula E to have finalized a multi-year deal.
Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s Managing Director, said,
“We are very enthusiastic about this announcement from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Formula E. As the first Japanese automaker participating in the championship, we would be delighted to have an E-Prix in Tokyo in 2024. In addition, from this season we will be competing as one team for the first time, following the acquisition of e.dams earlier this year, and we would love to have the opportunity to race with our own racing team in our home market.”
A Shared Vision
Formula E features several popular manufacturers that participate such as Jaguar, Mercedes, Porsche, and Nissan. Nissan is one of the first car manufacturers to mass-produce electric cars globally. With its headquarters located just 46 minutes south of Tokyo in Yokohama, Japan, this new E-Prix makes perfect sense. Bringing the series to Japan speaks to the country’s initiative for a Zero Emission Tokyo. The city plans for all new cars sold to be Hybrid or electric by the year 2030.
⚡ Formula E 🤝 Tokyo 🇯🇵
Today we signed an agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The goal: to race in Tokyo in 2024.
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) October 4, 2022
Formula E is still growing its popularity, compared to other motorsport racing series like NASCAR and Formula 1. It was a pioneer of electric racing when it debuted in 2014. Now as more car manufacturers and cities are gearing toward the use of electric vehicles, their interest in participating in the series is growing as well. As its popularity continues to grow the size and scope of the schedule are keeping pace. Season nine expects to hold 18 races in 13 different cities around the world. In addition to Japan, the series visits different cities all around the world and will welcome another new location next year – Hyderabad, India.