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The first Electric Marathon became the symbolic restoration of the traditions of Star Race rally Tallinn – Monte Carlo, which took place between 1930 and 1939. The idea of the modern marathon race for cars in public roads belongs to two Olympians, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Monaco Honorary Consul of Estonia, Jüri Tamm. As a result, the rally was reborn in a new format and became the race for battery electric vehicles (BEV).

The first start of the Electric Marathon was given in 2011 in Tallinn by Prince of Monaco. 12 electric cars started from Tallinn and drow to Monte Carlo, to hold the first electric car race in the world. The participants crossed Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and finished in Monaco.

Electric Marathon 2012

In 2012 it also started in Tallinn, the route covered Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, and Monaco.

 

Outside of EU

In 2013 marathon took another city to focus and started from St. Petersburg, crossed Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Monaco.

We skipped the 2014

In 2015 the official ceremony of the start of the Electric Marathon took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. The route covered Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France, and Monaco.

Lviv instead of Istanbul

In 2016 start was planned from Istanbul (Turkey), but with regard to the refugee crisis, Lviv became the start point of the rally. Why Lviv? In 1930 the city hosted its first ever “Lviv Triangle” auto rally. At the time, the course was rated as among the most complex and challenging in all Europe but this did nothing to deter enthusiasm for the event among Leopolitan auto racing fans and within a year the city’s embryonic racing scene had achieved international recognition. 2016 Electric marathon started from Lviv The route covered Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, and rally finished in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Tallsinki - Tallinn/Helsinki

In 2018 the official ceremony of the start of the Electric Marathon took place again in Tallinn. The event official name was Tallsinki – Monte-Carlo Electric Marathon 2018 and began from Tallsinki (capitals of Finland and Estonia combined) and ended in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The marathon passed through Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany, Luxemburg, France and finish as usual in Monaco – through Europe from North to the South, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. The Event was held between September 17- 29th.

The 2019 rally started from Monte Carlo.

Electric Marathon 2019 Rally is dedicated to Andrei Nagel Platonovich (2 March 1877, St. Petersburg — 10 November 1956, Paris) — Russian car racer, journalist, publisher and editor of Sport, Avtomobil, Dvigatel, Aero, and Aero and Avtomobilnaya Zhizn. Therefore the Andrei Nagel Cup Electric Marathon.

The route was a lot longer than usual and we drove a total of 5000 km from Monte Carlo – Moscow – St. Petersburg, going through 10 countries on our way to finish (Monaco, France, Italy, San Marino, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, and Russia).

The winner of the 2019  Electric Marathon was team SandFox driving converted all-electric Soviet-era car GAZ-M20 Pobeda (Pobeda is a victory in Russian).

In 2020 we have one marathon on the water and the second one on land. 2020 is remarkable for two reasons. First, we are going first time on to the water and second, we are now a Word rally, not just a Europe rally.

The Electric Water Marathon will take place in the spring. We will start from Tallinn with Challenge Regatta on Tallinn Bay to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the 1980 Moscow Olympics Regatta in Tallinn. From the opening event in Kakumäe marina, we shall continue to Helsinki and finish in St. Petersburg about a week later.

The Electric Marathon Star Race is starting in November of 2020 from Dubai EXPO. The race is the longest we have had until now, over 6500 km in total and it’s still going to be all-electric. Furthermore, as one of our goals is to be more sustainable every year, we are trying to also think about the support team combustion engine cars and how to reduce the footprint also on those. So far we have done a good job and the evolution is remarkable. Let’s see can we lose them this time altogether!

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