On August 2nd, the 2011 e-miglia electric vehicle rally will depart Munich, Germany on a course to St. Moritz, Swtizerland, a distance of 800 kilometers (497 miles). With 32 electric vehicles registered for the rally, a packed field it will no doubt be.
This time 'round, the reigning champ, the Tesla Roadster, will likely face fierce competition from an eRUF Roadster and Coupe that will be among the vehicles on the starting grid. Besides those pricey four-wheelers, the event will feature some reasonably priced electrics, including the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Citroen C-Zero, Smart Fortwo ED, Mini E and Peugeot iON.
Walking away from the 2010 e-miglia rally with a check for €10,000 ($14,168 U.S. at today's exchange rate) was Team Energiebau. Tim Ruhoff and co-driver Steven Hoffmann managed to win two of three special stages outright in a Tesla Roadster Sport. Team JuWI, also in a Roadster, claimed second place while Team Move About Bosch took third in a Think City.
Last year's field of 25 vehicle contained many of the usual electric vehicle suspects as well as less familiar rides including a Twike, a Tazzari Zero, a Mega Multitruck Van and an assortment of converted vehicles. This year's e-miglia is sure to be a dazzler with a field full of electric vehicles of all sorts.
The protagonists: C-Zero, eMini, eRuf, i-miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, Pedelec, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
Constancy rally through four Alpine countries: D-AUT-I-CH from August 1st – 5th, 2011
Energy revolution: 800 km from Munich to St. Moritz with equal-zero-emission
On August 2nd, the e-miglia is setting out from Munich with 32 e-vehicles, suitable for daily use, and heading towards Grossglockner in the Alps. A new era of mobility begins and demands pioneering spirit, in particular from the participants. The heroes of the future are the various e-vehicles which have undergone a big development in comparison to 2010. Depending on the model, the range is between 120 and 400 km. A quick recharge can be accomplished in as little as 30 minutes, at a regular outlet it takes up to 7 hours to fully recharge the batteries. The maximum speed of about 120 km/h is also considered suitabe for daily use. The athletes amongst the e-mobiles can even go over 200 km/h, with an acceleration from 0 to 100 in a proud 3.7 seconds. That makes a man's heart beat faster. If it's power you're after, you'll have to pay a whopping € 100.000 for the 185 kw. The compact cars for everyday use on the other hand, are available starting at € 30.000. The energy costs for 100 km are a joy, with no more than € 4. Depending on the driving style and the type of car, this can even be undercut.
The fast Tesla, known for its sportiness and far ranges, is faced with fierce competition at the e-miglia 2011. For the first time, the eRUF Roadster and the Coupe will be mixing up the starting field. Those, who still associate e-mobility with slow and purposeful vehicles, lacking any and all fun, will be surprised.
Besides the pricey high-voltage four-wheelers, the e-miglia is presenting the first series-production e-vehicles in the small car segment by the classic automobile manufacturers this year. Participating are: Mitsubishi i-miev, Citroen C-Zero, Smart City, e-Mini and the newly introduced Peugeot iON. All of them convincing and lively models with ingenious sytsems.
On to a new mobility, this is what the e-labels Jetcar, Think, Tazzari, German E-Cars and Mega have already stand for. They already participated in the premiere of the e-miglia in 2010 and mastered the great challenges.
If you assumed, the Twikers had enough with the 560 km during the e-miglia 2010, you were mistaken. Even two in the category 3-wheels will be stepping up to the starting line this year and will be briskly pedalling the 800 km. Up to now, the Pedelec can be sure to garner the category's victory when he crosses the finish-line in St. Moritz, since he's the only participant on two wheels who's rising to the challenge of making his way from Munich, over the Grossglockner, to Bolzano and finally into and across the Engadin to the finish in St. Moritz.
And that's the good thing about the e-miglia. Everyone can participate and everyone can win; the power of the motors isn't crucial for the victory in the equal-zero-emission constancy rally.