BMW has been involved with Formula E since its first season, when it included an i8 plug-in hybrid as the circuit's safety car. Formula E also uses a BMW i3 electric vehicle as its medical car. FIA's approval clears BMW to participate in Formula E's fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. BMW will join OEMs such as Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, and Penske Autosport.
Last October, Mercedes-Benz signed an "option agreement" to also join the circuit during its fifth season. Audi made a similar announcement last September, committing to enter a factory-built car in the circuit. Jaguar also made its announcement to enter Formula E last September.
Last summer, Formula E, said it would allow teams to tweak their cars to make them lighter. Additionally, Formula E will force the drivers to use the same car for the entire race, the cars will be boosted to 220 kW next season and to 250 kW for Season 5 (up from 200 kW), and the series will update the cars' look by adding a two-tier front wing.