Nissan announced today it is set to become the first Japanese automotive brand to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship, joining the electric street racing series in season five.

Formula E is billed as a competitive platform in which to test and develop road-relevant technologies. Given Nissan’s history with EVs, it makes sense for the brand to have a presence in Formula E.

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, is quite pleased to have Nissan on board, calling it a “momentous day for the series.” Formula E has seen its ranks grow by leaps and bounds in recent months. Porsche has stated its intention to enter the series, adding to BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Audi, among others, as manufacturers that will compete in Formula E.

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In its announcement, Nissan mentions it is set to replace one of the existing manufacturer registrations in the 2018/2019 season. Deductive reasoning points to the displaced brand being Renault, Nissan’s longtime strategic partner.

Renault has enjoyed great success in Formula E, winning both team championships since the series started permitting manufacturer competition. Technically, they also won the inaugural season, as the winning team was partnered with Renault even if the French marque didn’t appear on the car that year. Installing Nissan as the company brand in Formula E could allow Renault to redouble its efforts in Formula 1.

Formula E is a relatively young sport, hitting the track just three years ago in 2014. Major manufacturers have latched onto the sport, many of whom view it as an excellent platform to promote EV technology. Bucks-deluxe companies such as Porsche and Audi have either scaled back their presence in other racing series or quit them altogether to invest in Formula E.

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The 2018/2019 season in Formula E will see a big change in the way races are run. Currently, drivers swap cars mid-race, switching out of a car whose battery is exhausted and belting into a fully charged machine. In Nissan’s first season, manufacturers’ EV powertrains will need to last the entire race.

The upcoming 2017/2018 race season kicks off in 37 days with a two-day event in Hong Kong. Sébastien Buemi is the previous winner.