The way forward for Excessive E had been doubtful amid talks of a transition to hydrogen energy, however the championship had stopped wanting explicitly stating that it could not proceed alongside Excessive H in 2025.
A column by managing director Ali Russell, posted to its web site earlier this week, talked about that internet hosting a primary occasion in the USA because the 2024 finale “will probably be a becoming method to spherical off Excessive E”.
Talking within the Enterprise Discussion board on the Autosport International Present on Thursday, Excessive E’s utilities supervisor Andy Welch confirmed that the championship which started in 2021 is ready to conclude on the finish of the season as work progresses on the brand new Spark Racing Applied sciences-built hydrogen prototype that accomplished a profitable first shakedown final month.
“In the event you’d requested that query two years in the past it could be doubtless that it could be each,” Welch replied to a query from Autosport on the way forward for Excessive E.
“The Excessive H prototype is testing now, the championship will probably be in ’25.
“Excessive E will come to an finish on the finish of ’24.
“It’s a unique automotive, totally different championship, identical format. And Excessive E as it’s, will cease.”
Former Formulation Ford crew boss Welch later defined that logistical challenges weren’t an element within the choice to deliver Excessive E’s four-year tenure to an in depth.
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“We’re not making any preparations for persevering with with Excessive E, though we might,” he advised Autosport.
“If the decision got here to do a sequence in Saudi or a sequence in Europe, it might occur.
“The business affect of working two championships on the identical venue, though engaging within the sense that you possibly can run two championships with one help, you don’t get twice the bang for the buck.
“You’re nonetheless solely working a race weekend. And our spectators, are they excited by whether or not it is an E or an H? Some received’t be, some will.
“The clear remit is H in ’25, E stops this 12 months, though there’ll nonetheless be the automobiles there and all of the infrastructure.”
Welch added that the hydrogen prototype is more likely to seem at an Excessive E occasion “in the direction of the tip of the calendar”.
“In some unspecified time in the future you’ve acquired to keep in mind that we’ve got to press the button on the automotive manufacturing and that should be in early to center of the 12 months,” he added.
“Then we’ll have 10 or 12 automobiles being produced and clearly provided to groups on the finish of this 12 months.”
Excessive E has introduced a calendar of 5 occasions in 2024, starting in Saudi Arabia on 17-18 February.
Following a yet-to-be confirmed second spherical, two double-header occasions in Sardinia will probably be held on consecutive weekends in September, earlier than concluding at Phoenix in November.