Formula E racing event postponed in Vancouver

An ABB FIA Formula E World Championship event that was scheduled for the July long weekend in Vancouver has been postponed.

One Stop Strategy Group Inc., the organizer of the single-seat electric vehicle motorsport championship, has “chosen to exercise its rights” under Vancouver’s hosting agreement and postpone the event to a future date. undetermined, the city said in a statement.

Last summer, city councilors voted unanimously to host a multi-day Formula E event in Vancouver, as well as a conference on climate change and sustainability.

Neither the city nor the OSS group provided a reason to postpone the event.

Asked to comment, OSS Group told CTV News the “incredibly difficult decision” to report was made following “thorough consideration” with the city.

“Delivering a world-class event is of the utmost importance to the organization. We will communicate with ticket holders through ATPI, our ticketing partner, to advise their options,” the company said in an email. mail.

The City of Vancouver said it will continue to work with OSS Group in hopes of announcing a replacement date soon.

Organizers previously boasted that the Formula E race would bring $80 million in economic value and thousands of jobs to the city.

The last time a Formula E World Championship event came to Canada was the Montreal ePrix in 2017. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante subsequently canceled Formula E events scheduled for 2018 and 2019, citing cost overruns and sponsorship issues.