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2014-10-01 08:00

MORE SUPPORT NEEDED: Driver Lucas di Grassi poses with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E in Las Vegas, Nevada. Renault is currently the only automaker in the series. Three or four more are needed for a full championship.Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Formula E, the world's first electric-car racing series, is hoping to attract three or four more automakers to the sport in 2015 with the ultimate aim of becoming a full-fledged global championship.

The inaugural season, which started in Beijing, China, in September 2014 has a one-make format but Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag said on Tuesday (Sept 30) that the regulations would in 2015 allow competition between manufacturers.

Agag said told the official website: "I hope we will have three or four makes of cars and electric motors and batteries in the championship for year two."
MORE COMPANIES NEEDED

Batteries for the series, which groups 10 teams of two drivers each competing in 10 city-centre events around the world, are in 2014 being provided by a company owned by the Williams Formula 1 team.

McLaren supplies the electric powertrain and electronics; the cars are assembled by Spark Racing Technology and overseen by Renault.

Agag said that under the rules of the governing International Automobile Federation four manufacturers were needed before a series could become a full World championship.

Agag added: "We hope to attract manufacturers, meet the conditions and, I hope, the federation will grant us world championship status."
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