Jakarta. The government of Jakarta, together with Formula E, has announced the entry of the Jakarta E-Prix circuit into the ABB Formula E Championship series for the 2019/2020 season. On June 6, 2020, this championship which features single-seater electric vehicles will be held in the heart of the Indonesian Capital, at the National Monument Circuit (Monas). This temporary circuit will be built especially for the race and in accordance with the global Formula E concept in which contests take place in the middle of the city. This plan was announced in person by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Formula E Co-Founder Alberto Longo at a Jakarta E-Prix 2020 press conference at Monas today.
BMW i, which is the global "Official Vehicle Partner" of the ABB Formula E Championship, showed off a number of its vehicles which have been officially sold in Indonesia, boosting its support for the inauguration of the Jakarta E-Prix 2020. Leading up to the press conference, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan traveled from the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) area to Monas in a BMW i8 Roadster which serves as the "Safety Car" in ABB Formula E Championship events. Meanwhile, Formula E Co-Founder Alberto Longo drove a BMW i8 Coupé which serves as the "Safety Car 2" in the ABB Formula E Championship. At the same occasion, Jodie O’tania, Director of Communications of BMW Group Indonesia, joined a convoy using the "Race Director" from the ABB Formula E Championship – the BMW i3s.
“As an Official Automotive Partner at the global level, BMW Group Indonesia is proud to participate in the ABB Formula E Championship event to be held at the Jakarta E-Prix Circuit on June 6, 2020. BMW i and Formula E are both synonymous with innovation. As the pioneering brand that launched the first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and Electric Vehicle (EV) in Indonesia, BMW Group Indonesia is hugely appreciative of the Jakarta Government's initiative of bringing this world championship to Indonesia. We hope that by educating people about electric vehicles through Formula E, we will encourage interest in these vehicles and serve as a means of communication about their great benefits, in line with government programs,” said Jodie O’tania.