A good number of carmakers have already pledged their support to Formula E, and Ford could be the next in line to join the electric-only race series. According to e-racing365, the Blue Oval could be involved by as early as the race series’ fifth season later this year.

The move could potentially replace its Ford GT programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship, once its current contracts with Chip Ganassi Racing and Multimatic Motorsports expire in mid-2019.

Ford’s entry into Formula E will most likely involve a satellite team, with Dragon Racing and Virgin Racing being likely candidates. Given Formula E’s ruling that limits the maximum number of teams to just 12, securing a spot is of utmost importance.

If the timeline is to be believed, will come ahead of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Both German carmakers have already confirmed they will join the grid in Formula E’s sixth season, being the 11th and 12th teams in the line-up.

Ford’s expected participation in Formula E should help with the marketing of their electric vehicle technology, where it had already announced plans to offer 40 hybrid or full EVs by 2022.