Advertisement

Mercedes confirms Formula E entry for 2019/20 season

Mercedes-Benz confirms it will join the likes of Audi and BMW on the Formula E grid in a bid to promote its upcoming 'EQ' electric cars

Mercedes badge - Formula One

Mercedes has officially confirmed it will enter Formula E in 2019, ditching its activities in the DTM championship in Germany next year before its assault on the all-electric single seater racing series begins.

The announcement to join the Formula E grid for the 2019/20 isn’t all too surprising – the firm sounded out a potential entry last year, when it signed an ‘option agreement’ to potentially enter the sport from 2018 onwards.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Best electric cars on sale 2017

It means that alongside the manufacturer’s championship-winning Formula One outfit, it will use Formula E to develop new electric powertrain technology and market its upcoming range of EQ all-electric cars, the first of which is likely to appear when Mercedes goes racing in 2019. 

Dr Jens Thiemer, marketing president at Mercedes-Benz, said: “Formula E is a significant step in order to demonstrate the performance of our attractive battery powered electric vehicles, as well as giving an emotional spin to our EQ technology brand through motorsport and marketing.”

Following the release of the first Mercedes EQ car two years from now, we expect Mercedes to unleash an aggressive product offensive, launching ten new EVs by 2025.

Explaining the move from a motorsport perspective, Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes Motorsport, added: “I am pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way.”

Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “Today is a great day as we welcome Mercedes to the Formula E family - adding to the increasing number of manufacturers joining the electric revolution.” 

Mercedes’ announcement to join Formula E is the third in as many weeks from a German premium manufacturer – earlier this month both BMW and Audi revealed plans for Formula E entries of their own, and it means that all three big German premium carmakers will be in the sport by the end of 2019. They’ll join the likes of Jaguar, DS and Renault on the grid.

Is Formula E now more important for carmakers than Formula One? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

BMW and Mercedes pause autonomous car partnership
BMW and Mercedes
BMW

BMW and Mercedes pause autonomous car partnership

German firms had previously agreed to work together on Level 4 self-driving systems, plans that have been paused following a "mutual and amicable agre…
19 Jun 2020
New Mercedes-AMG eTurbo technology revealed
Mercedes

New Mercedes-AMG eTurbo technology revealed

Mercedes-AMG’s new electrically assisted turbocharger will help combat lag on the company’s upcoming, larger turbochargers
17 Jun 2020
New 2020 Mercedes-AMG One: specs, details and on-sale date
Mercedes

New 2020 Mercedes-AMG One: specs, details and on-sale date

Mercedes-AMG One teased in new video, as F1-engined hypercar takes to the track
21 Apr 2020
New 2022 Mercedes EQE: Tesla Model S rival spied for the first time
Mercedes EQE

New 2022 Mercedes EQE: Tesla Model S rival spied for the first time

Our spy photographers have caught the new all-electric Mercedes EQE testing ahead of its 2022 arrival.
10 Mar 2020

Most Popular

SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus
Family hatchbacks

SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon are all long established hatchbacks - we find out which is best among the latest crop
11 Jul 2020
New Skoda Octavia vRS 2020 ride review
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS 2020 ride review

We get our first taste of 242bhp Skoda Octavia vRS with Skoda tech development boss Christian Strube in the driver’s seat
10 Jul 2020
Suzuki Jimny axed from Europe over emissions regulations
Suzuki Jimny - off road
Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Jimny axed from Europe over emissions regulations

Tightening emissions rules mean the Suzuki Jimny will be pulled from the European market in the coming months
8 Jul 2020