e-miglia day 1 summary

e-miglia 2010 has started: in four days emission-free across the Alps 25 teams at the start / 25-year old achieves record time Munich/Fuessen, August 3rd, 2010. The e-miglia 2010, the first true international electric rally, has started. At ...

e-miglia 2010 has started: in four days emission-free across the Alps

25 teams at the start / 25-year old achieves record time

Munich/Fuessen, August 3rd, 2010. The e-miglia 2010, the first true international electric rally, has started. At exactly 9 am, the President of Germany's Automobile Club (AvD), Rudolf Graf von der Schulenburg, and Richard Schalber, the sportive manager of the e-miglia, sent the first vehicle on its way from the premises of the Technical Control Board South (TUV Sud) in Munich. A total of 560 demanding kilometers lay ahead of the emission-free competitive armada, that consists of 25 vehicles. The throng will cross the Alps in four daily stages and then cross the finish-line in Rovereto, Italy on August 6th.

The destination of the first day was Fuessen. En route to the town of the royal castles, they had to manage a 3.4 kilometer long special stage from Hohenpeissenberg up the Monte Rigi in exactly five minutes, or as close to that as possible. The focus of the e-miglia isn't speed, but constancy and reliability. This was proven by the team SFC-Hiendlmayer's Mega Multitruck Van, which was originally intended for the operation on large factory premises: shortly before Weilheim the boxy vehice literally ran out of juice. Just as planned, the service vehicle was on the scene immediately however -- with a newly charged battery on board, which was replaced with a crane. A pit stopp which drew the attention of a lot of passers-by.

Juice for the batteries of the fellow teammates was available on the mountain top of the Monte Rigi. There,which was the 40 participants were presented with a hearty light meal in 1000 meters altitude, while the vehicles recharged their batteries at the mobile charging stations which were especially set up for the e-miglia.

When the finish-line was crossed in Fuessen in the afternoon, most of the applause of the interested spectators was bestowed on the daily winner, Tim Ruhoff from Munich, who with 25 years of age, is the youngest participant of the e-miglia 2010, and his co-driver Steven Hoffmann (20). They managed the daily stage of approximate 120 kilometers with their Tesla Roadster Sport in eight hours and 0.8 seconds. "This was my very first rally. I'm completely electrified", Ruhoff happily said at the finish. With a mere lag of 0.8 seconds, he almost precisely met the five minutes allotted for the special stage. None of the participants received penalties due to exceeding or undercutting the individual time frames.

Following in place two and three were Patrick Zankl/Professor Gerhard Reichert (8:00:00,96) and Carlo Bermes/Wulf Biebinger (8:00:01,16) -- also in Tesla-E-Sportsters.

The organizer Christian Herles was very pleased with the prelude of the e-miglia 2010: "The cars and charging stations worked flawlessly, the particpants are having fun. So we can go into the second stage with a smile." Dr. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the TUV SUD AG, who is supporting the e-miglia 2010 as the technical partner, was impressed with the performance of his own quiet sportster: "I am thrilled how pleasant the driving with the Karabag 500e is, the awesome atmosphere during this rally, as well as the cooperation of the teams. I should really do this more often."

Surprising visit from Hungary

There was a particularly warm welcome on the premises of the Technical Control Board South (TUV Sud) on Tuesday morning: Dr. Andras Bednar, attorney, economist and enthusiastic e-mobility fan got to know about the e-miglia on short notice via his only sponsor, an Austrian businessman. He spontaneously packed his trailer and reached the Bavarian capital -- just in time for the start of the e-miglia 2010, though without an officila registration. The organizers welcomed the 57-year old and his ELMA 2, a Suzuki Swift powered by an asynchronous 3-phase motor, with open arms. Bednar will particpate in the rally outside of evaluation.

"Strong message how powerful electric vehicles are"

The e-miglia 2010 was already heralded with the team and driver presentation on Monday. "Not only does the e-miglia carry forward the cult competition of the legendary 'Mille Miglia' into the 21st century, but it also sends out a strong message about how competitive and powerful electric vehicles are today. I am convinced that such an exciting and spectacular event, as a street rally can make an important contribution to arousing enthusiasm in people about the possibilities and prospects of electric mobility", the Minister of State Siegfried Schneider, Director of the Bavarian State Chancellery, said in his welcoming speech.

Tomorrow's second stage will lead from Fuessen to Innsbruck, and the next special stage will take place right after the start.

-source: e-miglia.com

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