Helsinki to kick off electric car marathon race

The 2018 edition of Electric Marathon, a race for electric cars held 17–29 September, will start from Helsinki and follow the route of the Tallinn–Monte Carlo Rally of 1930. The goal of the race, entitled Tallsinki–Monte Carlo Electric Marathon, is to raise awareness of electric cars as an environmentally friendly alternative for mobility and to emphasize that electric cars are well suited for long journeys.

The marathon race will be kicked off at Helsinki’s Senate Square at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, 17 September 2018. The day will see the first two stages of the marathon, from Helsinki to Kotka and back. From Helsinki, the teams will be ferried to Tallinn, where they will participate in a major event expected to attract up to 100 electric cars.

The Helsinki kick-off of the Tallsinki¬–Monte Carlo Electric Marathon underscores the close economic ties of Helsinki and Tallinn, which have given rise to the Tallsinki twin cities concept.

The marathon route will pass through 10 countries and 37 cities. The race will be driven on public roads within speed limits and in compliance with traffic laws and road safety regulations.

The race is divided into several stages. Teams can join the entire marathon or one or more stages. Teams are ranked by their ability to reach the finish exactly on time. The grand finish will be at Monaco’s Place du Palais, which teams are to reach at 12:00 noon on September 29.

The marathon is held in two categories. The first category is restricted to university teams; they comprise the teams of Aalto University of the Helsinki metropolitan area, TTK University of Applied Sciences of Estonia, Keio University of Japan, The International University of Monaco (IUM), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University of Kaliningrad, Russia, and Kaliningrad State Technical University. The other category is open to all other contestants including corporate teams.

The Electric Marathon has been held since 2011. The main organizer of the event isJüri Tamm, the Honorary Consul of Estonia in Monaco. The patron of the event isPrince Albert IIof Monaco.
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