Formula E electric car race could pass Beijing Bird’s Nest

Beijing has officially welcomed the electric answer to Formula 1’s thrilling races – by suggesting the races could pass by the ‘Bird’s Nest’. The distinctive venue which was designed to […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Beijing has officially welcomed the electric answer to Formula 1’s thrilling races – by suggesting the races could pass by the ‘Bird’s Nest’.

The distinctive venue which was designed to host the 2008 Olympics could overlook the route (artist’s impression, pictured) of the new FIA Formula E Championships which begin next year.

Over the weekend, the Vice Mayor of China’s capital city Ms Cheng Hong signed an agreement to host the new fully-electric racing series with Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings.

Ms Cheng Hong said: “Beijing is one of the leading cities in the world to promote electric cars and we would like to take this opportunity to showcase this to the world.”

She added: “The city of Beijing plans to have 50,000 electric cars on the streets by 2015, while across China the government has set a target of producing and selling 500,000 energy-efficient and alternative-energy vehicles per year by 2015 and five million vehicles by 2020.”

The Chinese capital is one of ten cities including London, Los Angeles and Bangkok playing host to the EV race series, with the last host city to be revealed shortly.