RAC to support the first ever electric vehicle rally in England


The very words “London to Brighton” instantly conjure up images of beautiful vintage cars driving each year from the capital to the south coast seaside resort as part of the famous veteran car race.

But if the event, organized by the Royal Automobile Club, is still a staple of the automotive calendar every November, a new rally between the two cities has been created to highlight innovation in electric powertrains and cars. clean energy.

Set to take place on Sunday 18 July, the London to Brighton EV Rally (L2BEVR) will be the first fully electric vehicle rally to take place in England.

The event, which is hosted by Brighton-based bus company The Big Lemon and proudly sponsored by EDF, Britain’s largest zero-carbon electricity producer, will kick off on the banks of the River Thames and cover over 58 miles, passing through beautiful Sussex and Surrey Countryside before ending at Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront.

As the number one for EV breakdowns, the RAC partnered with this year’s event as an official troubleshooting and recovery partner with their expert patrols on-site to rescue any struggling competitor.

Among the 27 entries received so far are a Sinclair C5, Jaguar i-Pace and Renault Twizy, as well as solar-powered cars and several self-built vehicles, including one built from an old coup of chicken.

Electric vehicle drivers, bikers, cyclists and auto-construction aficionados are invited to register for the event.

Starting at just £ 60 to participate, categories for the rally include: e-bikes, e-motorcycles, town cars, sedans, SUVs, vans, self-builds, minibuses, buses, trucks and public transport. All vehicles must be approved for the road.

RAC EV spokesperson Simon Williams said: “We are delighted to be the official breakdown partner for the very first rally from London to Brighton EV, especially as our expert patrols are already doing well. known for helping out with the Royal Automobile Club Veteran Car Run. As the number one in EV breakdowns, we are ideally placed to help any competitor in difficulty.

“Our teams will be there to give competitors complete peace of mind in the event of the unforeseen, whether it is a puncture or a loss of load.

“Any competitor unlucky enough to go ‘flat’ will be able to benefit from our market-leading EV Boost technology, which we install on our vans to provide an emergency charge to get drivers home or to the most charging point. close.

“Our vans are also equipped with our unique All Wheels Up recovery system which allows patrols to tow electric vehicles with all four wheels above the ground, and saves time waiting for a separate recovery vehicle. It’s like having a platform in the back of our vans. “

L2BEVR co-founder Tom Druitt said: “We are very excited about the rally’s first race and hope it will become an annual event showcasing the rapid development of electric vehicles and renewable energy.

“We are very pleased to have the support of such prestigious companies such as RAC, which is clearly leading the way in meeting the troubleshooting needs of electric vehicle owners.

The event ends with an awards ceremony at the Grand Hotel Brighton with prizes for participants with the lowest energy consumption and overall performance in all categories.

There’s also an e-village with a range of EV displays, entertainment, food and drink.

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