Formula E has confirmed it plans to continue making an all electric junior ladder, largely in line with the system Formula 1 has.
Formula E became a standalone series again in 2021, after the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy was cancelled due to the financial strain brought on by COVID-19. Formula E co-founder Alberto Longo has said there are plans for Formula E to construct a fully electric junior series.
“We obviously are planning to have a full ladder to Formula E. We need to electrify the whole ladder starting even from karting,” Longo said.
“We have very aggressive and very clear targets on that. Obviously, the COVID has been kind of hard stop into all these plans for obvious reasons. But we are still working on it and hopefully, in the very close future we will be starting to have different championships underneath Formula E.”
When asked if the Gen1 Formula E car could be used in a junior series, Longo said it was unlikely, as most cars are now in the hands of collectors, as they are a piece of history.
“Gen1 cars at the moment have been, more or less, not all but some of them, are being owned now by the collectors,” he said.
“They really wanted to have a piece of history, which is the Gen1 car. They’re expensive to maintain as well. We really have to go on a more efficient way. But why not? We don’t say no to anything. They are there. We have enough to launch a different championship.”
“It’s not the plan but using them or not is a different thing. But obviously doing a ladder to Formula E is on our target.”