The third season of the FIA Formula E Championship could feature a race in Canada’s Montreal, the Montreal Gazette reports. Mayor Denis Coderre tries to build international relationships and ability to promote the city as a global metropolis and the all-electric racing series is one of his projects.
Coderre announced that talks with FIA President Jean Todt are advancing well and that he has an agreement in principle. The race should take place in the 2016/2017 season and according to Coderre it would cement the region’s reputation as a world leader in electrification technology.
“It consolidates the role Quebec and Montreal play in electrification,” he said. “Yes, we can do it, in utilitarian terms, with our public transit (through the use of electric buses) and electric taxis, but we can also do it in an event-based manner, drawing in huge numbers of businesses.”
Montreal recently signed a 10-year-deal to continue to host Formula 1 at a cost of roughly $18 million annually, most of it paid by Ottawa and Quebec. Formula E events have much lower startup costs and for now, the organisers offering the events for free in exchange for a prepared race course and additional services.
A Montreal Formula E ePrix won’t be without chance. It possibly meets certain terms like it is a city with status, sustainability input and perhaps economic scale. Having three events in North America would reduce the series’ transport costs. However, New York and Vancouver are among the cities that have expressed interest too.