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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 are trying a new way of Electric Marathon – all-electric (yachts included) on the water!

Celebrating the 40 years since the 1980 Summer Olympics regatta we are traveling at the end of May with electric boats and yacht from Tallinn to St. Petersburg trough Helsinki and finish the race on Neva  River along with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) cultural and sports program.

See you on the sea or at the finish in St. Petersburg!

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