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Formula E Races to Raise Interest in Electric Cars

Rupert Murdoch's Fox will broadcast Formula E's 10 race series in the United States and more than 80 other territories.

Published: 14-Nov-2013

A new series of high-speed electric car races in city centres around the world will aim to boost the market for battery-powered vehicles and advance the technology behind them, its backers said on Tuesday.

Formula E, which has the blessing of motor sport's FIA governing body, plans to stage its first race in Beijing next September and has signed up commercial partners including French car manufacturer Renault SA and tyre maker Michelin .

Formula E Chief Executive Alejandro Agag said the excitement of cars racing at speeds of 220 kph (135 mph) through the heart of cities including London, Miami and Los Angeles should help electric vehicles to shrug off an image problem and fine-tune their technologies.

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