Formula E is planning to visit Hong Kong and Australia in season three of the all-electric championship, Motorsport.com can exclusively reveal.
Plans for both races are in their advanced stages, and agreements are believed to be close to confirming the events as part of the opening leg of the 2016/17 season.
Montreal is highly likely to host the season three opener, followed by an event in Hong Kong as part of an Asian/Australasian leg.
The Hong Kong race is likely to be October 2016, while an Australian date will follow in November.
Motorsport.com understands that Formula E Holdings Ltd, the promoter of the FIA Formula E Championship, has recently visited both Hong Kong and at least two sites for a potential Australian race. One of those sites is known to be Sydney.
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was open about the Hong Kong plans but would not go in to details on the Australian race, telling Motorsport.com: “Probably the first race in season three will be Montreal, and then we go to Asia where we have had very good conversations with Hong Kong, but nothing is announced yet.
"We are talking to two cities in Australia, which will bolt on to the Asian leg at the end of the year. Then we plan to go from Australia to South America.”
Looking further ahead at season four in 2017/18, Agag confirmed that races in Tokyo and New York were being worked on.
“We are having some conversations with New York. It is a good long-term prospect,” said Agag.
“I went to Tokyo where we did the demo last month and met with the governor of Tokyo and it was an excellent meeting.
"They are very keen and we are looking at going through the processes there, but it looks very good.”