Formula E: A Formula for the future?

I've heard of Formula 3, 2 and 1. What's with the 'E'?

Much to the horror of purists, the 'E' suffixed to the Formula tag stands for 'electric'. Yep, this is the FIA's latest, one-of-a-kind all-electric racing series involving full-blown race cars which are fueled by battery power only. A bit like Scalextric, except you can't control the cars with a joystick. Unless you're Ferrari. "Fernando is faster than you, can you confirm you understood the message?", anyone?

But why would the FIA do this? Formula Electric? Like, seriously?

Yes, like, very seriously. Jean Todt, FIA President, has been pushing the idea for years now, and with some help from politico-turned-businessman Alejandro Agag, now Formula E CEO, we'll see the event take off in about three weeks from now.