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Vancouver gets closer to Formula E race in 2022

Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport), Hydro-Quebec Montreal ePrix – Credit: LAT/Formula E

Canada will once again be allowed to host an E-Prix. This was approved by the Vancouver City Council.

The race on Canada’s west coast is to be organized by the “One Stop Strategy” group (OSS), which is led and advised by the promoters of the former Formula E events in Bern and Montreal, among others. Initial drafts envisage a race in the False Creek district.

The motion to the City Council read:

“Affirming support for a Formula E world championship event including a conference focusing on climate change and sustainability, musical and cultural event and the Canadian round of an electric vehicle race.”

“The City of Vancouver has been approached by OSS Group, a private Canadian promoter of the Formula E World Championship, to host a two-day Creative Business Conference focused on climate and sustainability, two music concerts, and a one-day electric vehicle race in False Creek in July 2022, that would generate significant economic benefit to the city and support recovery of the gutted tourism sector.”

Matthew Carter, chief executive officer of the OSS Group, said:

“We were approached by Formula E to look for a city to host a race in Canada. We decided Vancouver was the best fit. What we’re offering is much more than just a Formula E race. The three components with the business conference, the concerts, and the race is very unique.”

“It’s a unique concept even to Formula E, and it’s a model we hope to showcase in Vancouver and to prove that the concept works. And then maybe, I’m hoping that this will become the jewel, Formula E’s crown, and they’ll take this business model to other cities around the world. It’s very much a different proposition to a normal Formula E race.”

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