In the framework of the Third Annual Monaco Energy Security Forum held in Monte Carlo on the 1st of June 2018, a new format was introduced for the electric car rally “Electric Marathon Tallsinki – Monte Carlo 2018”. The Nissan Leaf EV was presented as the official car for the competition. Also introduced were the members selected for the International University of Monaco rally team, Mahdieh Maleki and Maurine Uhtio.
Present at the introduction were the Patron of Rally, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the University General Director, Dr Jean-Phillipe Muller and representatives of the student association.
The Electric Marathon 2018 commences on the 17th of September in Helsinki and on the 18th September in Tallinn. The competition takes place in two categories: university teams from six nations driving the Nissan Leaf EV, the world’s most popular electric car, and an “open” classification, where other makes of electric cars are permitted. The Electric Marathon passes through 10 countries with intermediate stops in 27 cities. The rally finishes in Monaco on the 29th of September, in front of the Prince’s Palace.
In addition to this unique competition on the roads and highways of Europe, in accord with all local traffic regulations, the competition directs attention to the realization of United Nations accepted goals for “Sustainable Energy 2030” and the development of environment-friendly transport with cooperation across national borders.
Maurine Uhtio: “First of all, I would like to thank HSH Prince Albert II and Mr Jüri Tamm, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Estonia. for the opportunity to represent my university and my native country in this international race. My expectations and indeed my goals for this race are mainly to spread the innovative concept of the electric car and to promote new technologies. I am sincerely excited and enthusiastic to learn a lot from the competing universities about their creative ideas. I am proud to be part of this cohesion between universities and countries.”
Margus Mikk, Nissan Nordic Europe Country Manager Baltics: “As the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer, Nissan is committed to helping consumers and businesses to create a more sustainable future for society. Through the three pillars of our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, we are transforming the way our customers live, move and change their sustainability footprint on our planet.”
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