Formula E, the international electric car racing series, looks set to stage a race in India for the first time after signing a letter of intent with the city of Hyderabad.

The agreement will see Formula E work with city and state officials to examine the viability of hosting a future E-Prix.

Greenko, the Indian renewable energy company, would also partner with the series to deliver the event.

If successful, Hyderabad will be added to Formula E’s calendar for season nine next year.

The series said more than 20 cities are currently vying to be part of the ninth season, which will be the first year of its new Gen3 era.

Since its debut season seven years ago, Formula E has completed 84 races in major cities around the world including New York City, Monaco, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, London, and Buenos Aires.

Indian team Mahindra Racing has competed in every round of Formula E and is one of the founding teams of the all-electric street racing series.

Alberto Longo, Formula E co-founder and chief championship officer, said: “We welcome Hyderabad and the state of Telangana’s interest in hosting a round of the Formula E World Championship. With this letter of intent we can further explore the exciting potential of returning elite motorsport to India.”

Season eight gets underway in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on January 28, the first of 16 races for the upcoming campaign.