The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to Diriyah this weekend, with two night races around the historic UNESCO World Heritage site.
Both races will highlight ABB’s place at the forefront of the e-mobility revolution in Saudi Arabia, having delivered the first nationwide charging network in the Kingdom, through the installation of EV chargers at 100 strategic locations.
ABB also helped realize the installation of the Middle East’s first Terra 360 charger, partnering with Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Co. (EVIQ) in Riyadh.The collaboration between EVIQ and ABB aligns with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, which embodies a shared goal for a more sustainable future by promoting widespread electric vehicle adoption, reducing carbon emissions, and creating a cleaner future for the Kingdom.
Jahangir Khan, Country Holding Officer, ABB Saudi Arabia said: “We have a long history of implementing technology to drive sustainable change in Saudi Arabia, including within the transportation sector. Therefore, it’s great to once again be returning to the Kingdom with the world’s first fully electric racing series.”
ABB has been implementing technology solutions in Saudi Arabia for more than 70 years. It has more than 400 employees, is headquartered in Riyadh and has factories, workshops and offices in Jeddah and Dammam. In Dammam, ABB has inaugurated a new facility for the manufacturing and assembly of Process Automation products, systems and services. This has created more jobs in the region, encouraging the transfer of knowledge and development of local expertise.
ABB has also joined the Kingdom’s Regional Headquarters Program, enabling it to continue to contribute to the development of national talent and reinforcing its commitment to the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
ABB’s technology will be further showcased in Diriyah as part of the FIA Girls on Track program, which offers girls aged 12 to 18 the opportunity to explore the different aspects of the motorsport industry through a set of activities and workshops. As Official Charging Partner, ABB is running a workshop with its Terra AC to teach the program attendees about its charging technology used in the series and on the road.
During the race weekend drivers will battle on the 21-turn, 2.49 km, LED-lit Diriyah track. Featuring a technical first sector leading into a series of fast changes in quick succession and ending with a long straight to close out the lap, it is a test of energy management and strategy.
Following the races in Diriyah, the Championship heads to São Paulo, Brazil, for a race on March 16th. The season calendar comprises 16 races in 10 global locations, including new venues Shanghai, Misano and Tokyo.
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About Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship:
As the world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship and the only sport certified net zero carbon since inception, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation. The Formula E network of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters, and host cities are united by a passion for the sport and belief in its potential to accelerate sustainable human progress and create a better future for people and planet. www.FIAFormulaE.com