The Vancouver E-Prix, which was due to take place on July 2nd, has been pushed back to 2023, a statement by organsiers OSS Group have confirmed.
What was supposed to be the 10th round of the current season, would have marked the series’ return to Canada for the first time since 2017, after the Montreal race was cancelled following a legal battle after a change in political parties running the city.
“After intensive review with the City of Vancouver, OSS Group has had to make the incredibly difficult to decision to postpone Canadian E-Fest until 2023,” read the statement.
The Canadian E-fest was set to be a massive event, hosting live music, e-sports and conferences with the E-Prix at the heart of the event. The 2.1km circuit was to be constructed around False Creek using most of the roads that once hosted IndyCar.
The reasoning behind the postponement seems to be the lack of a permit for the event. Paperwork for it was due to be submitted at the end of March and had another deadline on Thursday to secure health and safety plans and insurance for the event.
The Canadian E-fest, and the Vancouver E-Prix, will now take place on an unconfirmed date next Summer.
“The City of Vancouver fully supports the postponement. Delivery of a world class event is of the utmost importance to the organization.”
Formula E will be trying frantically to replace the round in Vancouver as the 16-race calendar for Season 8 originally meant the season would conclude in Seoul with the 100th race in Formula E history. However, with options to replace the race few and far between, the mile-stone race is now likely to be the opening race of the 2022-23 season, due to take place next January.