Formula E is aiming for a Tokyo E-Prix in 2024 after signing an agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Formula E CEO Jamie Reigel met with Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
The intention is to host the first all electric race in Japan in Spring 2024, during the second season of Formula E’s Gen 3 era. It will be held around Japan’s largest international exhibition centre, Tokyo Big Sight.
“I am excited and honoured to stand alongside Governor Koike and announce the collaborative partnership between Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Formula E,” said Reigle.
“Together we will work to bring a Formula E race to the city in 2024 in support of the Zero Emission Tokyo commitment.
“Tokyo is an iconic world city, recognised as an innovator in consumer technology, a leader in the automotive industry and a global cultural trendsetter. Formula E is delighted to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Government to establish the city as a reference in zero emissions initiatives.”
Zero Emission Tokyo refers to the city’s goal of reducing its CO2 emissions to zero. Part of the strategy to achieve this is promoting the use of Zero Emission Vehicles.
As with the new Hyderabad E-Prix, the Tokyo has a home team supporting its efforts to host Formula E.
Nissan, which has raced in the championship since taking over from sister manufacturer Renault, expressed excitement at the plans.
“We are very enthusiastic about this announcement from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Formula E,” said Nissan managing director Tommaso Volpe.
“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.”