Not long after Audi and BMW revealed its factory commitments in Formula E, Mercedes-Benz joined the list of German car manufactures to enter the electric racing series in season six (2019/20).
Last year in Hong Kong, the Stuttgart-based firm already claimed an option agreement to join the championship in season five and now has extended this option for a further year. Mercedes-Benz also announced it will depart DTM at the end of 2018.
The reason to reposition its motorsports activities is that the car manufacturer acknowledges the changing automotive environment in which electric mobility plays an important role. It decided to jump into Formula E to promote its EQ label.
“This is a great day as we welcome Mercedes to the Formula E family – adding to the increasing number of manufacturers joining the electric revolution,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E.
“This shows how much the world is changing, not only in motorsport, but the whole automotive industry. We’re witnessing a transformation that will first change our cities, and then our roads. Formula E is the championship that embodies that change, and together with all our teams and manufacturers we’ll keep pushing for technologies, to have better and more affordable electric cars.”
“I’m very happy to see yet another manufacturer committing to the FIA Formula E Championship,” added FIA President Jean Todt.
“Mercedes-Benz has been competing in motorsport since the very beginning, and in joining this newest chapter of racing history – Formula E – it shows that the vision and concept of the championship is aligned with how manufacturers want to develop electric vehicle technologies, and bring these innovations to audiences around the world.”