Vancouver is now one step closer to seeing Formula E electric cars race in False Creek next summer.
City councillors Sarah Kirby-Yung and Michael Wiebe proposed a zero-emission race, The 2022 Vancouver E-Prix, as part of a business conference focused on climate and sustainability.
Their motion was approved by a majority vote in council Wednesday (April 28).
Hosted by a Canadian promoter of the Formula E World Championship, OSS Group, the E-Prix is projected to generate 3,000 jobs and $80 million in revenue.
The conference will also see music concerts grace stages in False Creek – for which operators at tourism hubs including BC Place, Rogers Arena and Science World have already pledged support.
The approval comes nearly two decades after Vancouver saw its last Molson Indy held on the same very same grounds.
Much like the annual Champ Car race, viewing grandstands with a capacity for tens of thousands of people will be erected along the circuit.
OSS Group plans to cover the cost of hosting the E-Prix, as well as any traffic or management totals incurred by the city as a result.
The group will also install permanent electric vehicle charging stations for the public and provide transportation for at-risk youth to attend.
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