Nissan have pledged their long-term commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, until the end of Season 12 in 2025-26.
The Gen3 era is scheduled to get underway in Season 9 in 2022-23, with faster cars and the introduction of pitstop recharging.
The Japanese manufacturer joined the series in Season 5, achieving second in the Teams’ Championship in their second season in Formula E last year.
“Nissan’s commitment to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship shows the strength of the all-electric racing series and its pursuit of success in the next phase.
“The new Gen3 cars will be faster and more powerful, and this constant evolution of racing performance that we continue to see in Formula E is great for the fans and the sport,” said Olivier and Gregory Driot, team principals of Nissan e.dams.
Currently, the team are eighth in the Teams’ Championship, on 14 points, after the double-header in Diriyah last month.
Oliver Rowland is seventh in the drivers’ standings with his sixth and seventh place finishes. His teammate Sébastien Buemi is in 19th, after failing to score on both occasions.
This move is a part of the company’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and life cycle of its products by 2050. By the early 2030s, Nissan intends electrify all-new vehicles available.
“For Nissan, Formula E helps us bring excitement, energy and the environment to the forefront as we deliver this vision of the future to an ever-growing, new, young and diverse audience,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer.
Phase One of Nissan’s road-to-track technical objectives took experience from their most recognisable road-going EV, the LEAF, to develop the performance of their race car.
Phase Two will see Nissan use Formula E to showcase features to encourage more consumers to switch to its EVs, as the series looks towards the Gen3 era and the introduction of 350kw powered cars.
“We’ve achieved great results during our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s global motorsport director.
He added: “We entered the sport with a “road-to-track” technical transfer approach, and by extending our racing program through the Gen3 era, we have the opportunity to close the circle with “track-to-road” technical transfer.
“We believe that, as one of the most global manufacturers involved in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, this sport is the perfect platform to promote our expertise in electrification and demonstrate our commitment to more sustainable mobility solutions.”
With their long-term future confirmed, Nissan e.dams’ thoughts now turn to the Rome ePrix in just over two weeks, and they will be hoping to build on their fifth and sixth place finishes from 2019.
Rome returns to the calendar after a year-long absence due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Round 3 of the ABB Formula E World Championship gets underway in Italy, on April 10.