Tallinn the start and finish of Electric Marathon
On 28 August at 9.00, fifteen teams will set off from the centre of Tallinn for the electric vehicle marathon round Estonia, on the route Tallinn-Pärnu-Tartu-Tallinn.As well as promoting environmental awareness and innovation, this year's event commemorates Jüri Tamm (1957-2021), who was a two-time olympic bronze medalist in the hammer throw, and chief organizer of the Electric Marathon Tallinn – Monte Carlo, which started in 2011, and the honorary consul of the Principality of Monaco in Estonia.
Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart said supporting the race is important in growing the popularity of environmentally-friendly travel. "The competition starting in Tallinn will, with the rest of Estonia, set us as an example to other countries that e-cars can be used in racing competition – just as Jüri Tamm, who founded the race, was an example to many and represented the country," said Kõlvart.
This year's participants will be the two-time winner of the Tallinn – Monte Carlo Rally Toomas Arike in a Tesla, a Pobeda, converted into an electric car, a Volvo C40 (Info-Auto), a Kia EV6 (Viking Motors), an Audi e-tron GT (Reval Auto Esindused), a Mercedes EQS (Veho), a Škoda Enyaq Coupe iV RS (Auto 100), a Volkswagen ID.5. (Moller Auto), a Hyundai IONIQ5 and a Cupra Born (Topauto), a Seres 3 (Nordauto), a Hyundai IONIQ5 (Alexela team), a Peugeot 2008 Electric (Auto Forte), a Renault Megane E-Tech and a Polestar (City Motors).
Competition chief organizer Marko Välja said: "Jüri Tamm was a true visionary and someone ahead of his time. He wanted to demonstrate that driving through Europe in an electric car is achievable, meanwhile aiming to popularize electric cars. In the course of this competition, we will highlight environmentally sustainable innovation in vehicle development. At the same time, the competition allows manufacturers to demonstrate their newest electric vehicles, and put them to the test against competitors."
The Tallinn - Monte Carlo Rally is a historic event that began in 1930 and ended in 1939 with the Second World War. The race was revived in 2011 by the honorary consul of Monaco, Jüri Tamm, and Prince Albert II of Monaco, with a modern twist, where electric vehicles compete on long-distance distances while respecting traffic rules. The first modern electric vehicle race from Tallinn to Monte Carlo took place in June 2011, sent off by the Prince Albert II of Monaco and Edgar Savisaar, then Mayor of Tallinn. The electric cars traditionally started the race from the Estonian National Opera.
The Electric Vehicle Marathon is a unique sporting event that concentrates on accuracy rather than speed. Competitors must follow pace car's speed and naturally, since the competition takes place on public roads, follow traffic regulations. The team whose time is closest to the pace car is the winner. The team that arrives later at the finish than the pace car, or in particular arrives ahead of it, is given penalties.
This year's sponsors and partners of the Electric Vehicle Marathon are the City of Tallinn, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Eleport, Estonian National Opera, Nissan Nordic Europe, Avex, Tiki Treiler, Radisson Blue Hotel, Scult and Alexela.
Estimated timeline 28 August 2022
8.40: Pace car starts
9.00: competitors start, from the Estonian National Opera House, at a signal given by Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev.
11:00: Finish of stage one, Iseseisvuse väljak, Pärnu.
13:00: Start of stage two, same location.
15:30: Finish of stage two, Raekoja plats, Tartu.
17:30: Start of stage three, same location.
20:00: Finish, Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square), Tallinn.
21.00: Closing ceremony, Mayor Kõlvart presents awards to winners.
* Start times are subject to change
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