Formula E is set to race in Sanya in China next season, marking the return of the electric street racing series to the mainland China on March 23 for round six of the championship.
Nissan will make its debut in the FIA ABB Formula E Championship in season five – starting in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in December this year.
Sanya is a popular tourist destination on the southern tip of Hainan. Formula E has previously raced in mainland China, with Beijing hosting the first-ever E-Prix around the grounds of the Olympic Park in 2014 – as well as the opening round of season two.
“Bringing the ABB FIA Formula E Championship back to mainland China is an important step in a key territory for the series and a market that’s instrumental to the continued development and uptake of electric vehicles globally,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E.
“Sanya is an idyllic setting for a Formula E race – not just with the stunning views on the shores of the South China Sea – but for the ongoing efforts of Hainan in the field of electric mobility, which has led to Sanya boasting the best air quality of any city in China.”
Nissan, the maker of the world’s best-selling electric car – the Nissan LEAF – is using the electric racing championship to showcase its Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy.
Electrification is a key pillar of the strategy, which seeks to change how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. The company aims to sell one million electrified vehicles a year by fiscal year 2022, including pure electric vehicles and e-POWER models.