An E-Prix will return to London in July 2020 with a race at the ExCeL Arena in the east of the UK capital after the announcement of a multi-year deal on Tuesday.
As first reported by e-racing365, the race will be scheduled for the final weekend of July 2020 with a double-header event to conclude the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The event, subject to official ratification, will take place on a 23 corner, 1.5-mile circuit and will feature the pit area within the arena’s halls.
The track itself will be split between both internal and external aspects of the ExCeL facility with a section that will run close to the Royal Victoria Dock alongside the River Thames.
Initial plans for such an event were made in 2013 as Formula E planned its inaugural season in 2014-15 when a tentatively planned similar event at ExCeL was proposed.
This was before the Battersea Park race was formally confirmed in 2014.
A return to London has been one of Formula E’s key priorities since Battersea Park hosted the last E-Prix in the UK in summer 2016.
“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and electric racing back to the UK,” said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag.
“Every motorsport series would love to host an event in London – this has been our desire for quite some time now and we’re delighted to have found a new home in the Royal Docks at ExCeL London.
“We have a growing base of knowledgeable and passionate fans in the UK, and this race adds to a fantastic summer of sport as a world-class event we hope Londoners can be proud of.
“Formula E coming back to the UK extends beyond pure racing excitement, it’s also a strong message for London to tackle inner-city air pollution by promoting clean technologies and electric sustainable mobility.”
Jeremy Rees, CEO of ExCeL London, said: “It’s an honor to welcome the world’s first ever indoor and outdoor race to ExCeL London and the Royal Docks.
“Events at ExCeL are thriving and London provides the perfect backdrop to host global entertainment brands, such as Formula E.