Over the years, vehicles have become faster, more dependable, and more efficient, with added driver and passenger comforts.

But did you know that many vehicle technology advancements often receive their first test drive in racing cars? Electric vehicles (EVs) are no exception. In fact, next-generation EV technologies have undergone grueling tests on the track, translating to greater endurance and reliability in electric cars you may see on the highway.

EVs have been on the current racing circuit for the past decade.

Electric car racing began with the launch of the LeMans Racing Series in 2010. This racing series has grown over time into what we know today as the IMSA, a unique and prestigious racing circuit that features a variety of vehicles and fuels competing against their own class type.  The competition includes a range of vehicles including EVs that hold their own against race cars powered by ethanol, gasoline, and hydrogen. 

Formula-E, officially the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is a motorsport championship for all electric cars. It made its debut in 2014, with a championship race on the grounds of the Olympic Park in Beijing. In the years since, Formula E has grown to attain FIA world championship status by racing electric formula race cars through the streets of some the most iconic cities in the world.

Advanced EV technologies are making their way into the consumer market - and will soon be available across the country. Learn more about buying fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles.