Briton Sam Bird won the opening Formula E-Prix of the season as new teams Porsche and Mercedes both made the podium and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne was forced to retire with a steering issue.
Envision Virgin's Bird took over the lead late in the first race, at Diriyah in Saudi Arabia, shortly before the safety car was deployed when Audi’s Daniel Abt hit a wall with six minutes to go.
Alexander Sims of Britain started on pole for BMW Andretti but finished eighth after losing the lead to Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished third for Mercedes. Porsche’s Andre Lotterer was second.
The win was also Bird's ninth in Formula E and he has won at least one race in each of the six seasons of the electric-car format.
"We've done, quite frankly, an amazing job in the off-season,” he said afterwards. “I went through a little bit of a transformation. Physically, I'm fitter than ever before, massive weight loss," he added.
The second race of the season – also at Diriyah, comes on Saturday.