Formula E to create manufacturers' working group

Formula E boss Alejandro Agag is working on the formation of a manufacturers' working group to discuss the future of the championship.

"We have recently put something together and we will announce more detail soon," said Agag. "We have a few manufacturers that have already signed up to it and the names of those manufacturers will be made public in one go soon."

Citroen, via its DS brand, will announce a major partnership with Virgin Racing on Saturday, and other major OEM's are seriously evaluating programs in the Championship for season three in 2016/17 to showcase their electric drivetrain and battery technology.

"The manufacturers are very curious on the evolution of the championship," Agag told Motorsport.com.

"They want to give their opinion on what they would like and also what we should focus on; whether it is cost, autonomy, development of the batteries, etc.

"All of these things will be discussed within this group."

Further details on the group and its members could be revealed next month.

World Championship status

Formula E could become a fully-fledged World Championship in the coming years should major automotive manufacturers come in to the series.

"I think that (World Championship status) will come as a consequence of when and how many OEM's come in to the championship," Agag told Motorsport.com.

"The actual cost of becoming a World Championship is quite high. I can understand that for OEM's it is important and if they want us to do it, then we will do it.

"However, this is not a short-term objective of mine or the championship; it will happen as a natural progression if we maintain a good rate of progress as we are doing now."

Motorsport.com understands that an FIA Championship can only gain world title status if a minimum of three major manufacturers are involved.

 

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