In fact, Formula E was planning to return to Canada during the championship’s eighth season after a five-year absence. After the 2017 race in Montreal, a visit to the west coast of the North American country was on the agenda. In Vancouver, Formula E racing was set to be the headlining event of Canada’s E-Fest festival, a weekend focused on sustainability in the business world and particularly in the motorsport and automotive sectors. The festival was to be held in the same location that hosted several CART and Champ Car races between 1990 and 2004.
However, various local media are reporting that the Vancouver E-Prix was not given the proper permits. Organizer OSS Group therefore had to cancel the 2022 edition planned for July 2nd, but is fully committed to ensuring that the 2023 race can still take place. “After intensive discussions with the City of Vancouver, OSS Group has had to make the difficult decision to postpone Canada’s E-Fest to 2023,” the organizer said in a statement. “The City of Vancouver fully supports the move. Organizing a world-class event is very important to the organization.”
Due to the absence of Vancouver, there is now a big gap of six weeks in the calendar between the E-Prix in Jakarta (June 4) and the double meeting in New York (June 16 and 17). Whether Formula E is looking for a replacement race for the lost showdown in Vancouver, which aims to make its debut in the electric racing class in 2023, is not yet known. It has already been confirmed that the championship will also travel to Cape Town next year, and there are also plans to hold a race in Hyderabad, India.