The first Electric Marathon became the symbolic restoration of the traditions of Star Race rally Tallinn – Monte Carlo, that took place between 1930 and 1939. The idea of the modern marathon race for cars in public roads belongs to Prince Albert II of Monaco and Honorary Consul of Estonia Juri Tamm. As a result, the rally was reborn in new format and became the race for battery electric vehicles (BEV).
The start of the first Electric Marathon was given in 2011 in Tallinn by Prince of Monaco. The participants crossed Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Monaco.
In 2012 it also started in Tallinn, the route covered Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France and Monaco
In 2013 marathon started in St. Petersburg, crossed Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Monaco
In 2015 the official ceremony of the start of Electric Marathon took place in Kyiv. The route covered Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France and Monaco.
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. Lviv’s first internationally recognised grand prix was held in June 1931. Initially the plan was to name the event the Polsh Grand Prix (at the time Lviv was part of inter-war Poland).
In 2016 Electric marathon started from Lviv and intermediate finishes was held in Novoyavorivsk (Ukraine), in Rzeszow and Wieliczka (Poland), in Ostrava and Brno (Czech Republic), in Samorin (Slovakia), in Wiener-Neustadt, Vorchdorf and Bad Schallerbach (Austria), in Munich, Ulm, Baden-Baden and Freiburg (Germany), in Beckenried and Bellinzona (Switzerland), in Parma, Bologna, Larderello, Pisa and Alassio (Italy), in Menton (France). Electric Marathon rally finished in Monte Carlo (Monaco).
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