It is good to see BMW join the Automotive OEM teams of Renault, Citroen, ABT/Audi, Jaguar Land Rover & Mahindra in season 5 of Formula E.
Formula E has a special place in my affections. I was involved in the race series before its launch in 2014, and I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural race in Beijing in September 2014.
BMW has also been involved in Formula E from the beginning, providing electric safety cars, medical cars and other track-side vehicles. Their electric cars have been using the Halo wireless charging system developed by Qualcomm's R&D labs in California, through a programme that I started when I worked there.
By joining the race series, BMW now has the opportunity to showcase its capabilities in the electric vehicle space.
I look forward to seeing Formula E continue to go from strength to strength.
BMW announces plans to enter the all-electric Formula E in season 5 The Formula E, an all-electric racing championship, has been gaining a lot of credibility over the last few year with several serious automotive companies, like Renault, Citroen, Mahindra, Jaguar, and Audi already involved in the championship, as well as a few newcomers like NextEV and Faraday Future. While Formula E teams were forced to use the same vehicles in the first seasons, they are now allowed to modify the electric motors, inverter, and transmission. Approved manufacturers with teams in the 2018-2019 season will be able to tweak their vehicles and it will not be only about the drivers and race management anymore. The Formula has announced 9 approved manufacturers: ABT Formel E BMW AG DS Automobiles Jaguar Land Rover Mahindra Racing NextEV NIO Penske Autosport Renault Venturi Automobiles