A plan to host the first ever Dutch E-Prix in the Eindhoven metropolitan area has been outlined by a team of entrepreneurs this week.
Peter-Paul Laumans, Berry van Nes and Ed Winters are spearheading the plans to bring the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to the Netherlands’ fifth largest city.
As reported by e-racing365 last month, plans for a race in Eindhoven through its Helmond region are being made with organizers, saying that it is talking to the local authorities to secure an event.
A letter of intent from the city council has been sent to Formula E Holdings Ltd. which will decide if it conducts an official feasibility study.
If approved, a race could take place in the summer of 2021.
The plan for an official bid has received the support from the city council and several significant companies and organizations in the region.
Formula E race winner Robin Frijns, pictured above after winning the Paris E-Prix, told e-racing365 last month that he would back “the serious” plans to bring an E-Prix to his home country.
“Formula E is the racing class of the future,” said internet entrepreneur Peter-Paul Laumans, one of the driving forces behind the plans.
“Formula E is the embodiment of technology, innovation and sustainability. Values that correspond 100 percent with Eindhoven which is Europe’s leading innovative top technology region”.
“The connection with Helmond as a region for smart mobility is also unique. In short, there is no such perfect fit anywhere in Europe.
“In particular in the area of attracting talented technological employees, we see that the business community in the region has a challenge that is becoming increasingly difficult.
“With bringing an E-Prix to Eindhoven we see a huge number of opportunities to profile the Metropolitan Region of Eindhoven globally and attractively.
“Around the race we will organize a wide range of activities to let the world know that you have to be here for the top in technology and mobility.
“Many leading organizations such as VDL Groep, High Tech Campus, Holmatro, Jumbo, TU/e, Marks Wachters Notaries, Rabobank region Eindhoven, Province of Brabant etc. have now supported our initiative.”
Several key companies gave their backing to the plans for an Eindhoven E-Prix, while the director of the city’s marketing organization Eindhoven365, who has been involved in the initiative from the start, also outlined the proposal.
“What really appeals to city marketing Eindhoven is the total experience that Formula E creates in the city and region, impressive interaction with the public that far exceeds a regular racing event,” said Peter Kentie.
“So if we can get Eindhoven on the racing calendar in a list of world cities like Paris and New York, we will embrace this challenge. ”