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    St. Moritz, August 16th, 2012 (Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    FINALE, Day 5 / e-miglia 2012:
    With fun and about € 20,- operating costs electrically through four Alpine countries
    Day 3 / e-miglia 2012: Royal weather during the Queen’s stage•    Total: 817 km with about 20 € operating costs  

    •    Total: 817 km with about 20 € operating costs
    •    In the Engadin: final stage over 146 kilometers, 69 kilometers of these uphill
    •    Final stage destination: energy city St. Moritz
    •    The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, TWIKE Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    •    Constancy rally through four Alpine countries in 817 km: D-AUT-I-CH

    St. Moritz isn’t just known as a sophisticated holiday resort, but since August 16th, 2012 it is also allowed to call itself e-miglia Town! For the second time in the history of the rally for electric vehicles, the center of the Engadin is the destination of the e-miglia. This will remain a particularly fond memory for Hans Haslreiter and Wolfgang Schöner, since the two from Team LG Solar are the new champions of the silent rally through four Alpine countries.“We’re thrilled, but also a bit exhausted. The last couple of days were more taxing than we initially assumed“, an obviously relieved Wolfgang Schöner said. “We had wanted to simply get one or two good placements and now were here as the winners, it’s unbelievable“, he continued.In answer to the question about their recipe for success, Hans Haslreiter answers: “With the Tesla Roadster we have an excellent car for which the demands of the e-miglia aren’t a problem. We’ll participate again next year, now we want to defend the title of course“.

    TÜV SÜD with two teams on the podium

    The TÜV SÜD II Team of Volker Blandow and Stefan Rentsch followed in 2nd place in a Mercedes Benz A-class E-Cell. Afte the good results of the prior days, the two of them are simply relieved: “After we set out on the final stage, we suddenly realized that we actually had something to lose. That actually piled on the pressure quite a bit. We started with the goal, not to make any more mistakes and now we’re just happy about the result“, Volker Blandow summarizes the day.The second team completes the success of TÜV SÜD. Werner Kraus and Ralph Urbanek defended the third place in the final stage. “The e-miglia was a challenge for drivers and cars. We went to our performance limit. Our BMW Mini-E, just like the other vehicles, proved its aptitude and showed that such extreme demands aren’t a problem for electric vehicles. The car did it with ease, never showed any sign of overheating or a loss of power“, Ralph Urbanek explains.

     Efficiency prize of St. Moritz – with a converted 4,7 l consumption for 800 km

     The efficiency prize for the lowest energy consumption during the rally went, not quite unexpectedly, to a TWIKE-Team, after all the motor of their three-wheeled e-mobiles can be supported by human power via the pedals. The prize of SF 2000,- founded by the energy city St. Moritz, was presented to the brothers Alex and Toni Westermann from Team TWIKE young engineers on the final evening. “When we realized that we didn’t have a chance of winning, we concentrated on the efficiency assessment. That that worked out in the end is absolutely great“ Alex Westermann glows.

    E-vehicles are real alternatives when it comes to mobility

    Thomas Endriß from Team M+P E-Mobility/Greenmotors is of the same opinion: “The demands were hard, but my Peugeot I-ON stood the test. Already today the vehicles are a real alternative when it comes to mobility. The reduced operating costs will also secure their future.“The rally also served the purpose to gain experience and insight that will benefit the development of e-mobility. This was the declared goal of the e-miglia partner TÜV SÜD AG. The knowledge will be incorporated in future safety tests and test procedures for the benefit of the industry and private customers. The results will have an effect on various vehicle concepts.

    Consumption

    If the gas prices these days make you feel like crying, then you should know that there are other options out there. Since the power consumption is included in the evaluation of the e-miglia, there are numbers available. On average, the electric vehicles used 100 kw/h for the 800 km long rally of which 485 km led uphill into the Alps. This equals about € 20,- for an exciting and zero-emission drive. The corresponding gas prices for 800 km, well, everyone can do the math themselves.

     All types of vehicles have a chance of winning

     What could you see during the e-miglia 2012? 2-, 3-, and 4-wheelers. From 1- manpower to 600 PS, partially supported by muscular strength. Maximum speeds of 120 km/h to 220 km/h and ranges from 100 km to 350 km. Rally Director Richard Schalber was able to put together an event again that creates equal opportunity.

    Highest demands again on the final day

     The final day in the Engadin begins with rain. The material is put to the test again, a total of over 146 kilometers (69 km of these alone uphill) across the Albula-, the Maloja- and the over 2200 meter high Julier Pass. The sun is out again by the time the finish line is crossed in the center of St. Moritz. The energy city of St. Moritz relies on the environmental consciousness with Clean Energy; consequently, the re-charging is done with the self-produced green solar energy SME SOL.

    The conclusion

     E-mobility will come – in this politicians as well as the industry are in agreement and are investing billions worldwide. Manuel Atzler from REBEL Media, the organizers of the e-miglia 2012, draws a positive conclusion again: “Since its premiere in 2010, the e-migliaisti have impressively demonstrated the efficiency of e-vehicles and the fun driving with zero-emission is. We were able to once again show how competitive and powerful, how dynamic and appealing electric mobility is. We’re already looking forward to the e-miglia 2013!“

    Numbers of the e-miglia:

    • Difference in altitude uphill: 11.000 m
    • Difference in altitude downhill: 10.048 m
    • Total length 817 km
    •  485 km of which uphill
    •  Highest point: Edelweißspitze, 2500m
    • 4 countries – 4 daily stages
    • Consumption: approx.. 100 kw/h on 800 km = 20,-

     

    More information, the entire list of participants and images on: www.e-miglia.com
    Media contact person:

    Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

    Michael Grüser, Tel.: +179 47 69 380, media@e-miglia.com

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    St. Moritz, August 15th, 2012 (Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    Day 4 / e-miglia 2012: the destination is in – the excitement is growing!

    • From Bolzano into the Engadin to St. Moritz
    • Special stage in the National Park Stilfserjoch
    • Once more up onto 1500 meters above zero
    • The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, TWIKE Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    • Constancy rally through four Alpine countries in 800 km: D-AUT-I-CH

    The e-miglia 2012 is entering the homestretch and the excitement is increasing! Who will secure the overall victory? Though there are still several kilometers to cover, one team is quickly becoming a favorite to win: Hans Haslreiter and his co-driver Wolfgang Schöner with their orange colored Tesla Roadster. Even though they’re participating for the first time, they’re clearly showing their competitors how to win an electric rally: “We have the best car, the best team and the worst preparation“, says Haslreiter with a broad grin and not quite in earnest.

    Their easy-going attitude is supplemented by driving skills, good team play, as well as an unusual vehicle: “This rally isn’t a problem for our Tesla, even though the routes have been very demanding up to now. The stretch to Boston was wicked! There was an incredible amount of traffic, so we had to do several passing maneuvers, but that’s loads of fun in a Tesla!“

    The places 2 and 3 of the current overall standing are taken by a Mercedes E-Cell and a BMW Mini E however and that proves, that other electric cars are also powerful.   Volker Blandow sits behind the steering wheel, supported by his co-driver Richard Goebelt/Team TÜV SÜD. “We’re very pleased wih the 2nd place, we’re driving a great car, but the Tesla is superior in its battery performance of course. We can only balance this fact with faultless driving as best possible. For that reason, we have to be really concentrated and we can’t allow ourselves to make mistakes“, Blandow exlains.

    Another team from the TÜV SÜD, Andreas Bauer and Stefan Resch (currently 3rd place) share this opinion. The special thing about them is that they don’t have a steady driver. They take turns when it comes to the assignment of tasks. With regards to the additional challenges, Andreas Bauer says “First off, we’ll try to hang on to the 3rd place, but we’re so ambitious, that we keep watching the teams ahead of us. Naturally one doesn’t wish for them to make mistakes, but should they, we’ll be right there“.

    The only motorcyclist in the field, Stefan Arnold, has fallen back in the overall standing to 8th place. He received a time penalty in Bolzano, which cost him second place. He still hasn’t lost his delight in the e-miglia though. During the special stage at the Stilfzerjoch, where one had to overcome a difference in altitude of 750 meters in 11 minutes, he really gave everything on his Zero DS 2012: “The mountain road was closed for us especially, we had no oncoming traffic, so that I enjoyed every curve on the 7,3 kilometer long stretch. That was definitely my highlight of the e-miglia to date“.

    The arrival in St. Moritz marks the final leg of the rally on August 16th, 2012 in the Engadin across beautiful passes, through picturesque nature, which isn’t polluted by the quiet and clean rally troupe. This is where the decision, of who will be standing on the podium, is made. The excitement is increasing!

    The overall standing on 15.8.2012 / Tag 3:

    1. 1.    Haslreiter Hans / Schöner Wolfgang (Tesla Roadster)  – Starting No. 13
    2. 2.    Blandow Volker / Goebelt Richard (Mercedes Benz E-Cell) – Starting No. 19
    3. 3.    Bauer Andreas / Resch Stefan (BMW Mini E) – Starting No. 18
    4. 4.    Tim Ruhoff / Anna Baumeister (Tesla Roadster) – Starting No. 1
    5. 5.    Reiner Mauch (Tesla Roadster) – Starting No. 4

    More information, the entire list of participants and images on: www.e-miglia.com

    Media contact person:

    Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

    Michael Grüser, Tel.: +179 47 69 380, media@e-miglia.com

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    August 14th, 2012(Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    Day 3 / e-miglia 2012: Royal weather during the  Queen’s stage

    • Special stage on the Großglockner High Alpine Road
    • From Bruck to Bolzano over 239 kilometer
    • Highest and longest stage of the e-miglia 2012
    • Auffahrt zur 2571 Meter hohen Edelweißspitze
    • The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, TWIKE Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    • Constancy rally through four Alpine countries in 800 km: D-AUT-I-CH

    The initial assessments are over and the e-miglia is already coming up with the first surprises! The Team M+P E-Mobility II with driver Michael Kohlbrecher and co-driver Christian Gautsch heads into the 2nd stage in 1st position in the overall standing. The big favorite and titleholder Tim Ruhoff however landed in 7th position, after he lost a lot of valuable time in traffic in Salzburg shortly before the finish line, and landed himself a time penalty right at the start of the electric rally. But nothing is settled until the destination is reached and it’s still 500 km until then.

    “We’re actually a bit surprised that we’re in the lead in the overall standing right now.“ Kohlbrecher comments. “But we managed to get through the inner city of Salzburg rather well inspite of the volume of traffic and, in addition, we were able to achieve a substantial headstart in the beginning and could therefor adhere to the target time at the destination at the Congress Center“.

    Another surprise was Stefan Arnold (Team M+P E-Mobility I). The only motorcyclist in the field has unexpectedly taken the third place. “It’s my first year and I must say I’m a bit proud of the result. It shows that a motorcycle can keep up at the e-miglia. It wasn’t easy riding without a road book, but I prepare myself very well before every leg“, Arnold sums up.

    Manuel Atzler – Project Manager of the e-miglia – is happy about the sportive diversity: “Everyone has a chance to win this rally. The results of the first few days have made that perfectly clear. Especially the new participants are performing really well and with great commitment“.

    The 2nd stage is a difficult test for human and machine and at the same time it’s the Queen’s stage! The route runs across the Großglockner High Alpine road, from Bruck to Bolzano; right through the beautiful holiday region National Park Hohe Tauern. A total of 239 kilometers have to be mastered. Highest point, in the truest sense of the word, is the Edelweißspitze of the Großglockner High Alpine road with an altitude of over 2571 meters above zero.

    Unfortunately the Team Solar Conze didn’t make it to the charging station in Heinzfeld (Austria). During the extreme climb to the Großglockner at the start of the stage, they lost too much energy. The comfortable four-seater appears loaded down with too much weight, so that driver Florian Conze with co-driver and father Hermann Conze had to be towed in their Nissan Leaf for the final few meters.

    Hans Haslreiter and Wolfgang Schöner from Team Haslreiter/LG Solar were much happier. “It was a great route through a picturesque countryside. “, co-driver Wolfgang Schöner and ads: “All in all the e-miglia is a fantastic experience“.

    More information, the entire list of participants and images on: www.e-miglia.com

    Media contact person:

    Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

    Michael Grüser, Tel.: +179 47 69 380, media@e-miglia.com

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    Bruck, August 13th, 2012(Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    Day 2: The e-miglia really cuts loose

    • Starting signal to the 1st stage from Rosenheim to Bruck
    • Efficiency assessment begins
    • The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, TWIKE Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    • Constancy rally through four Alpine countries in 800 km: D-AUT-I-CH
    • Stopover in Salzburg and special stage in Bruck

    Monday, August 13th, 8 am in Rosenheim: The drivers of the e-miglia 2012 are waiting full of excitement in the starting blocks, finall they really get to cut loose! Destination of the first stage is the festival city Salzburg, where the Deputy Major Dipl. Ing. Harald Preuner greets the e-miglia participants. The recharging here is done with the solar energy from the PV facility of the  Salzburg Congress Centers.

    The efficiency assessment begins with the start on the Ludwigsplatz in Roenheim. What does that mean? From now on the power consumption on route counts, those drivers who are most economic, have the advantage.

    Last year’s winner Tim Ruhoff hits the nail on the head: “Yesterday was a fun day for us, today the efficiency assessment starts and we’re off into the mountains. These are two factors which make our rally really exciting. I’m looking forward to this challenge!

    During the night, the TWIKE Team creative already mastered a challenge of a different kind. Their vehicle broke down on the highway yesterday, even though they had managed a distance of 360 kilometers without any problems the day before. The motor had overheated on the sprint leg. Team leader  Martin Möscheid: “That’s an important factor for the e-miglia. We receive valuable information about the vehicles, which we can implement in future developments

    Actually there’s an unusual spirit in the TWIKE Team. It’s not about winning, there’s a strong connection amongst the drivers. Even though Alf Borrmann from the TWIKE Team bit & byte is very pleased with his performance at the prologue, he immediately added: “Of course this was a successful opening, but unfortunately another TWIKE Team got stranded, that certainly colored our mood.“

    It has to be clearly pointed out though, that the driver, Silvia Brutschin, and her co-driver Enno Düllberg were in no danger at any point. Volker Blandow confirms this – E-mobility Manager at the TÜV SÜD AG. A state of the art battery testing laboratory is being operated in Garching near Munich. In an especially designed testing bunker, batteries are tested and misuse tests performed. Which results could be achieved from this? “If you compare the battery in an electric car with the approximately 80 liters in a gasoline engine, then the first is much less dangerous“, Blandow sums up the exensive tests.

    More information, the entire list of participants and images on: www.e-miglia.com

    Media contact person:

    Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

    Michael Grüser, Tel.: +179 47 69 380, media@e-miglia.com

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    Rosenheim, August 12th, 2012(Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    e-miglia 2012: Kick-off event and start on August 12th in Munich

    • The starting signal sounded on August 12th in Munich at 6 pm
    • The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, Twike Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    • Constancy rally through four Alpine countries in 800 km: D-AUT-I-CH
    • 1st day with press conference, presentation of he vehicles and prologue

    Brilliantly blue skies, 25 degrees and happy faces wherever one looked: the kick-off for the third e-miglia couldn’t have gone any better. The official part of the electric event started at 11 am with the public paddock at the traffic center of the Deutsches Museum next to the Bavariapark in Munich. Everyone could experience e-mobility live and get to know more about the topic from drivers, co-drivers, and experts. Ranges, charging possibilities, consumption, power sources, recuperation technique, insurance coverage, automobile roadway repair service were only some of the topics discussed.

    Beforehand, the drivers had arrived almost silently, in order to obtain the technical “GO“ for the upcoming challenges from the Technical Control Board South (TÜV SÜD): 800 km, 11.823 difference in altitude uphill, four countries in four daily stages.

    At 2 pm, the press conference followed with organizer Richard Schalber, Hans-Josef Fell (Member of the Bundestag and energy policy spokesperson), Horst Schneider (Member of the Executive Board of TÜV SÜD), René Bänzinger (Consul of the Swiss embassy), Hans Urban (CEO of the company Schletter), Dr. Johannes Hörl (Sole Director of the Grossglockner Hochalpenstraße AG), Kurt Sigl (President of the Federation eMobilität), Dirk Vincken (German Automobil Club, short AvD) and, last but not least, Tim Ruhoff, the unbeaten Champion to-date of the e-miglia from the years 2010 and 2011.

    He also received the honor of starting into the prologue to Rosenheim as the first together with his co-driver Anna Baumeister. At exactly 6 pm, Hans-Josef Fell gave the starting signal per flag. Almost soundless – only the rolling motion of the wheels of the Tesla Roadster Sport were audible – but with an extreme acceleration the defending champion set out on the journey. The numerous fans of the rally followed the sports car with enthusiasm.

    All other vehicles set out afterwards in order to reach their destination St. Moritz in Switzerland on Thursday evening, receive the victory crown, but also in order to show the world how appealing and effective e-mobility has become.

    This was also what Thomas Bugl, The city Rosenheim’s Head of the Economic Department emphasized: “You just have to take a ride in an electric car once in order to experience and value the advantages of this new technology. We’re very excited to have the e-miglia stop here in Rosenheim. It’s an ideal occasion to heighten every traffic participant’s awareness for this topic. Unfortunately some prejudices still exist, but they can usually be put aside quickly after the practical experience.“

    The city of Rosenheim has launched the “Project 2025“ – an integrated climate, energy and environment concept, with the goal to be a carbon neutral city by 2025. The e-miglia 2012 is a part of this project: “We’re very happy to be part of the e-miglia this year. This is the perfect event for Rosenheim“ Thoms Bugl adds.

    After a 72 kilometer long prologue, the first daily stage sets out from the  Ludwigsplatz in Rosenheim. The entire train heads into the direction of Salzburg, where the vehicles are recharged after 120 kilometers. The day’s destination is Bruck and will be reached in the evening, at which point the community is inviting to a feast.

    More information, the entire list of participants and images on: www.e-miglia.com

    Media contact person:

    Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

    Michael Grüser, Tel.: +179 47 69 380, media@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, August 3rd, 2012 (Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    e-miglia 2012: Kick-off event and start on August 12th in Munich

    • Public kick-off event at the traffic center of the Deutsche Museum
    • The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Elma 02, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, Twike Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    • Constancy rally for e-mobiles through four Alpine counties for 800 km: D-AUT-I-CH

    Come – look – marvel – inform yourself. On Sunday, August 12th the moment has finally arrived. The vehicles and participants of the e-miglia 2012 will gather from noon on. Everyone is welcome to take a look at the various two- to four-wheeled vehicles powered purely electrically, setting out on the 800 km rally route silently and with zero-emission. The location is the lot at the traffic center of the Deutsche Museum, Am Bavariapark near the Theresienwiese.

    What can the visitors expect in the time from noon until the kick-off of the rally at 5:30 pm?  The rally drivers will appear for the registration and the technical approval. As partner of the e-miglia 2012, the Technical Control Board South (TUEV SUED) will check the roadworthiness of all the vehicles. Once again, Constantin Beims, an experienced TV host, will be presenting the  e-miglia’s vehicles and their crews. Everyone is invited to inform themselves about the mobility technology of the future free of cost. Back to the future? If you’d also like to take a look into the past, you might enjoy visiting the traffic center (Verkehrszentrum) during the general opening hours. Aside from the technological aspects, the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of traffic will also be addresses and reflected.

    The history of traffic, which didn’t always develop the way anticipated, is arranged in three halls. There are various reactions to the Federal Chancellor, Mrs. Merkel’s goal  to have 1 million electric cars on German streets in 2020.  At this point we’d like to quote Gottlieb Daimler  in 1901: ‘The worldwide demand for automobiles won’t exceed one million – the shortage of available chauffeurs being only one reason.’

    Back to the museum, where the original first electric mobiles, such as the Electric Baker, 1908, USA, the Slaby-Behringer electric mobile, 1920, Germany (see photo), and the Poehlmann EL 1986, Germany are all displayed. You can marvel at the electric mobile by Gottfried Hagen from 1906. The special exhibit ‘Charged! – Electric mobility between desire and reality’ will open mid December 2012.

    After such extensive impressions, everyone has the chance to get to know more about the topic of e-mobility from drivers, co-drivers and experts. More about ranges, charging possibilities, consumption, power sources, recuperation technique, insurance coverage, automobile roadway repair service and more. Or one just hangs out at the adjacent beer garden before the teams are sent off on the interesting and challenging route from Munich, over the Grossglockner to Bolzano and through the Engadin to St. Moritz by the patron Hans-Josef Fell (Author of “Global Cooling“) on Sunday evening at 5:30 pm.

    Media contact person: Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, August 3rd, 2012 (Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    e-miglia 2012: New appealing and electrifying starting field

    • The starting signal will sound on August 12th at 5:30 pm in Munich
    • The protagonists: BMW Mini E, Elma 02, Fisker Karma, Lampo3, Mercedes E-Cell, Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iON, Tesla Roadster, Twike Active, Zerotracer, Zero Motorcycle
    • New rally category: EV extended range
    • Constancy rally through four alpine countries in 800 km: D-AUT-I-CH

    When the starting signal sounds at the traffic center of the Deutsches Museum in Munich on August 12th, a colorfully mixed group of participants will set off on the 800 km long electric rally. Tim Ruhoff from Munich will be taking part with his Tesla Roadster for the third time. Who will constitute competition this year for the two-time winner of the e-miglia is still uncertain, since there are lots of new faces and models. With a top speed of 220 km/h and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, the 420 kilowatt respectively 550 PS Swiss Lampo3 is likely to be a real Tesla chaser. The Swiss Alessandro  De Guglielmo from Rivo will be behind the wheel. Power and torque aren’t the decisive criteria for the constancy rally though, the energy consumption is also incorporated in the evaluation. Dr. Andras Bednar from Hungary will be driving an Elma 02. For the premiere in 2010, he had only participated with his reconstructed plug-in car which has served him loyally for years as an escort vehicle and the journey to the starting line in Munich was already an adventure.

    A special category will be presented for the first time at the e-miglia 2012. Four Fisker Karma will be competing against one another for the victory in the new category „EV extended range“. The e-miglia organizers are viewing this as a demonstration competition, in order to assess how the group of participants will be composed and, in particular, how they can be compared.  One of the partners of the e-miglia, the Technical Control Board South (TÜV SÜD), will also be entering a Fisker.

    Four Twikers will be competing in the three-wheel category. The visually unusual vehicle has gained lots of followers in the past years and has achieved cult status. 200 km range and pedal actuation are convincing. For the Twike pilot Francois Loeb (former Swiss National Councilor) e-mobility is a prospect: “I’ve been an avid TWIKE rider since 1998 and I’m still on my first Twike! In my point of view, the light-weight build has to be the prerequisite for exhausting the energy saving potential. “

    The reward
    Naturally the joy in equal-zero-emission driving and the beautiful mountain environment  surrounding the chosen route are the biggest rewards at the e-miglia. There’s still a prize money totaling € 10.000 for the participants however.

    Experience e-mobility up close
    Before the teams set out on the approximately 800 kilometer long stretch from Munich over the Grossglockner to Bolzano and through the Engadin to St. Moritz on Sunday evening, the e-miglia is inviting everyone to the public paddock in the traffic center of the Deutsches Museum at the Bavariapark in Munich on August 12th, 2012. Everyone can experience e-mobility live there from noon on. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know more about the topic of e-mobility from drivers, co-drivers and experts. Ranges, charging possibilities, electricity sources, recuperation techniques, insurance coverage and roadway repair service are the FAQ of e-mobility.

    Media contact person: Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, June 25th, 2012 (Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    e-miglia 2012: the path is the goal

    • August 12th: Start in Munich at the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum
    • August 13th: Queen stage across the Grossglockner high alpine road
    • August 14th: Bolzano
    • August 16th: Finale in the energy city der St. Moritz

    The mobility of the future. Exclamation mark and question mark. The experts agree that the mobility behavior will change a lot. Even though no one wants to be nailed down as to how and with what one will be getting from point A to point B in 2050, it is beyond question that electric mobility will play a crucial role. In 2012, the e-miglia will be showing what electro mobiles are capable of for the third year in a row. In four daily stages the e-miglia participants will master 800 km electrically. And between A and B there’s a lot of challenges, clearly a lot more than the mobile day-to-day demands.

    The starting signal will sound at exactly 5:30 pm on August 12th at the German Museum Traffic Center (Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum) near the Bavaria Park and not far away from the Oktoberfest Wiesn. The prologue leads to Rosenheim. The next morning, the rounder’s set out towards Austria. The first stop around noon on August 13th is Salzburg. Here, the energy from the photovoltaic facility of the Salzburg Congress Center will be used to fill up. In the evening, the day’s destination, kilometer 0 of the Grossglockner high alpine road in Bruck in the holiday region of the National Park Hohe Tauern will be reached. High, higher and awesome the participants continue on August 14th to the Grossglockner for the Queen’s stage of the e-miglia 2012. The drive to the Edelweiss summit is a synonym for overcoming Europe’s highest alpine road and the highest point of the e-miglia. Reducing the fees for electric vehicles is only one way the Grossglockner high alpine road shows support for the preservation of nature and the efforts towards sustainability. Only after mastering 280 km the day’s destination Bolzano is reached. The night is spent at the Bolzano fair, which has been dedicated to the topic of sustainability in a particular way by hosting the yearly occurring expositions Klimahouse, Klimaenergy and, since 2011, also the Klimamobility. The e-migliaisti get to St. Moritz, the final destination of the electric rally, through Schlanders and the National Park Stilfserjoch. The Engadin lives of its impressive nature. To conserve it is the first priority for the community. St. Moritz is Switzerland’s 101st energy city, where the sun shows its friendly face particularly often. The participants of the e-miglia will actually profit from that by filling up with the solar energy of St. Moritz at the final destination. The zero-emission vehicles will make their way into the village center on the afternoon of August 16th where the townsfolk, tourists and spectators can celebrate the winners and marvel at the vehicles of the present future.

    Media contact person: Claudia Rickmann, Tel.: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, March 9th, 2012 (Download press handout: doc / pdf)

    e-miglia 2012: Already almost a classic
    Third year of the international rally for electric vehicles

    • Dates: August 12th – 16th, 2012
    • Route: From Munich to St. Moritz – approximately 800 km zero-emission rally
    • Participation registration: From March 1st , 2012 on

    For the third year already, the e-miglia is starting on a tour through four Alpine countries with purely electrically powered vehicles. What started as a big adventure for the participants, partners and organizers in 2010, has established itself today and is a constant in the still young world of new mobility. With the e-miglia, e-mobility could and can demonstrate that the different vehicle types master big challenges without difficulty. The proof of the suitability for everyday use of those vehicles available on the market, is beyond question, since the average 43 km which a German covers per day, is mastered by the electric vehicles with ease no matter how steep the incline.

    Traditionally the registration for the e-miglia 2012 opens on March 1st on www.e-miglia.com. There are a total of 30 starting positions available. Until June 15th everyone with a valid driver’s license and a purely electrical vehicle can register for the constancy rally. In four daily stages the route leads from Munich through Austria to Italy and ends in the Swiss holiday domicile St. Moritz. The entire route of the e-miglia marks one big accomplishment assessment for the participants. Up to 280 km a day are covered, including the highest passes of the Alpine region. The score is settled at the destination, because it remains exciting until the last moment. Decisive for the victory are the special stages and the evaluation of the electric power consumption which became part of the Regulations in 2011.

    The variety of different vehicle types at the e-miglia already becomes evident when looking at the three best placed cars from last year.

    Through meticulous preparation and precise training, Tim Ruhoff in the sportscar Tesla Roadster, was able to win the overall standing in 2011, after he had already secured the title in 2010. Christian Wenger-Rosenau in a Jetcar, especially  designed and built for this event placed second. The city car Think City, which was driven by the rally experienced Walter ‘Fuzzy’ Kofler, secured the third place on the podium. In that way, the top placements from 2011 create a mixed image of the vehicles, as well as of the participants and that again proves that everyone has a fair chance at the e-miglia.

    Registration now on www.e-miglia.com

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    St. Moritz, August 5th, 2011

    FINALE Day 4 of the e-miglia 2011: Engadin – St. Moritz: Silent walk-over by titleholder Tim Ruhoff


    • Ruhoff wins the e-miglia for the second time, category and overall winner
    • Rally for electric vehicles with various vehicle concepts: C-Zero, Electric RaceAbout, eMini, E-M3, eRuf, i-Miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, Nissan Leaf, Raleigh Dover, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
    • Equal-zero emission: 800 km from Munich, over the Grossglockner and Bolzano to St. Moritz

    Winner of the e-miglia

    Friday, August 5th in St. Moritz. When winners are established, then there’s usually also losers. The participants of the e-miglia think differently. They’re all winners, because they were able to reach the goals they had set for themselves, as well as the final destination.  Experiences and insights were gained, that will benefit the further development of e-mobility. That also was the goal of the e-miglia partners Allianz Versicherungs-AG and TÜV SÜD AG. Both companies entered participating vehicles to gather knowledge. Already the Allianz insures a good portion of the registered vehicles today and the TÜV SÜD performs various safety tests, and develops additional testing procedures for the industry, as well as the privat customers.

    Ranking

    Deserving and not unexpected winner of the e-miglia 2011 is Tim Ruhoff, Team Energiebau in the Tesla with the starting number 1. He mastered every stage as the best and so gained the victory and the prize money of  € 5.000,00. He participated twice and won twice. Both times in a Tesla. Tim Ruhoff loves and lives the topic  e-mobility. Privatly he’s never owned a car and prefers to move around town on his e-bike. He realizes his vision of mobility on business: “We turn e-mobility into a marketing push for companies – that way we bring the energy turnaround to the streets.”

    Beaming second are Lars Krueger and co-pilot/inventor Christian Wenger-Rosenau. They never expected this success. Until now, the Jetcar was only sold in a limited edition of 5 exemplars, with its price of € 84.000 not really a vehicle for the masses.

    The Think, who would have thought so, made the third place with Walter Fuzzy Kofler alongside his daughter Claudia in the model Think City. A more than positive result, if you consider the big difference in performance, as well as costs amongst the vehicles entered.

    Different vehicle concepts

    Maximum speeds between 120 kmh and 220 kmh. Ranges of 100 km to 350 km. 2-, 3- and 4-wheels. From 1 man power to 600 horse power. Partially supported by muscle power. Richard Schalber, the Rally Director, has been successful in creating an event which sets up a certain equal opportunity. You realize this in looking at the results in the top 3: Tesla, Jetcar, Think. It was also noticeable in the many first-time participants, that it was no problem to accomplish the e-miglia, provided one prepared according to the regulations. Both of the eRUF vehicles, one had had high hopes in, didn’t adhere to the regulations though, which was primarily problematic in the charging process, since they weren’t familiar with the charging technology provided by the organizer. In addition, neither team had trained or any rally experience.

    The day in the Engadin

    The final day began with rain, which the photographers were actually happy about. It’s good for dramatic pictures. By the time the finish-line in the centre of St. Moritz was crossed, the Engadin sun was once again beaming though. Maybe she needed a break since her energy had flowed into the 31 vehicles the night before. The energy city St. Moritz is committed to environmental consciousness and Clean Energy, because that is its most precious asset. The route began in St. Moritz Bad and first led across the natural Albula Pass. The upcoming accomplishment test required the participants to keep an average speed of 63 km/h. They had to manage 8.4 km uphill, through narrow serpentines in 8 minutes. Some participants were faced with obstacles of the natural kind and lost valuable seconds: cows. Then the Julier Pass followed ahead of the charging station. In the afternoon, the third pass, the Benina, was conquered.

    The future

    E-mobility will come. In this, politicians, as well as the industry agree and invest millions worldwide. For now the future of the e-miglia is looking frosty. This coming winter will see the first e-miglia “snow”. E-mobility in extremely cold conditions. A new endurance test. The summer e-miglia will become even more sportive in 2012 and the regulations will be firmer. Richard Schalber might consider adding a time assessment, which some participants are asking for. All in all the e-miglia 2011 was a huge success and another milestone for electric mobility.

     

    The final results on 5.8.2011 / Day 4:

    1. Tim Ruhoff, Stephan Willemsen – Team Energiebau/NextGM – Tesla
    2. Lars Krüger, Christian Wenger-Rosenau – Team Jetcar – Jetcar
    3. Fuzzy Walter Kofler, Claudia Kofler – Team Autotest Motorsport – Think City

    4. Reiner Mauch – Team Mauch – Tesla
    5. Eric Comas, Peter Podhorsky – Team Green Cars Challenge – Tesla

    The rally facts

    4 days, 4 countries, about 780 km, 31 participants, 4 passes and the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.

    More information, the entire list of results and extensive TV, as well as image material at: www.e-miglia.com

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    St. Moritz, August 4th, 2011

    Day 3 of the e-miglia 2011: Bolzano – St. Moritz: Precision driving by Tim Ruhoff in the Safety Park

    • Rally for electric vehicles August 1st – 5th, 2011
    • The finish is within reach
    • The 31 protagonists: C-Zero, Electric RaceAbout, eMini, E-M3, eRuf, i-Miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, Nissan Leaf, Raleigh Dover, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
    • Constancy rally through four alpine countries: D-AUT-I-CH
    • Equal-zero emission: 800 km from Munich, over the Grossglockner and Bolzano to St. Moritz

    Freshly re-charged into the circuit

    Thursday, August 4th in Bolzano. After a long and difficult stage across the Grossglockner, the e-migliaisti left for the Safety Park in the morning. The constancy test on the driving safety premises is coming up. All participants become acquainted with the circuit. Afterwards everyone does two additional rounds individually.  The first round determines the time, which the driver has to exactly repeat in the second round. For Kurt Sigl from Team Bundesverband eMobilität (Starting no. 31) this test is the highlight of the rally. “The circuit is really fun. I’ve already driven some rallies, but never a constancy rally. It’s difficult to discipline yourself. Sigl’s credo is, remain calm and drive with a stop watch. His son supports him as his co-driver, presses down and tells the time. As the President of BEM, he wishes to unveil the topic e-mobility, which is also the reason why he’s participating today. He wasn’t able to hold on to the second place, but he’s still well positioned in third. Jetcar (Starting no. 14) has gotten better. Last year, they were unfortunately eliminated due to “water damage”. This year, Lars Krueger and Christian Wenger-Rosenau moved into second position on the third day of the e-miglia 2011. They missed their circuit time by only two hundredth. A bit of luck played a part here, because this test was new to the Jetcar Team, so they had never practiced before. The orange vehicle which visually reminds one of a glider, has definitely improved. A range up to 250 km and a maximum speed of 180 kmh offer the driver a lot of driving fun at zero-emission!

    Walkover?

    Unchanged, titleholder Tim Ruhoff, Team Energiebau/NextGM is in the lead. Precise driving, good preparation and lots of training together with the co-pilot pay off. In the Safety Park he hit his self-determined time precisely, so that the professional time keepers of the AvD gave respectful kudos. Ruhoff: “My co-pilot Stephan Willemsen does 95% here, he keeps me on track, I just follow his readings. Of course I am hoping to drive poised and very economical on the final day, so that we win, but we’re not safe yet.” Close on his heels is Eric Comas, who has driven himself from 12th into 5th place. Will the former Formula 1 driver become dangerous to Ruhoff on the last day?

    “The biker is degrading us all”

    These words were said with joy and respect by Walter Fuzzy Kofler, Team Autotest Motorsport from South Tyrol. He doesn’t have to take cover either with his current excellent 4th place. The biker, none other than Michael Buse, has recovered from yesterday’s strains and managed the route across the Ofen Pass to St. Moritz.

    In der last round, the route leads into the Engadin across beautiful passes and gorgeous nature, which won’t be polluted by the quiet and clean rally troop.

    The results on 4.8.2011 / Day 3:

    1. Tim Ruhoff, Team Energiebau/NextGM, Tesla – the titleholder

    2. Lars Krüger, Team Jetcar, Jetcar

    3. Kurt Sigl, Team Bundesverband eMobilität, Tesla

    4. Fuzzy Walter Kofler, Team Autotest Motorsport, Think City

    5. Eric Comas, Team Green Cars Challenge, Tesla

    Upcoming: Engadin – St. Moritz on August 5th, the final day of the e-miglia 2011.

    More information, the entire list of results and extensive TV, as well as image material at: www.e-miglia.com

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    Bolzano, August 3rd, 2011

    Day 2 of the e-miglia 2011: Grossglockner – Bolzano: E-summiteers or relaxed in tortoise mode

     

    • Rally for electric vehicles from August 1st – 5th, 2011
    • Highest challenge: Grossglockner High Alpine Road on August 3rd starting at 8:30 am
    • The protagonists: C-Zero, Electric RaceAbout, eMini, E-M3, eRuf, i-Miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, Nissan Leaf, Raleigh Dover, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
    • Constancy rally through four alpine countries: D-AUT-I-CH
    • Equal-zero emission: 800 km from Munich, over the Grossglockner and Bolzano to St. Moritz

    Half-full full throttle

    Wednesday, August 3rd in Mittersill, 7 am. The view from the window is very promising. Dark blue sky, clear mountains, not one cloud. The day’s schedule: 267 km e-miglia route via the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, that’s 1700 meters difference in altitude and back down again to Bolzano. Until now the e-mobiles are still plugged in. The hub of the world, no, the cable of the charging station. 31 teams are on their way to the Parc Ferme full of hope. But then … 13 got hit.

    7:45 am the Rally Manager Richard Schalber announces a new briefing: “The local power supply system with our provisional power lines couldn’t withstand the drain of the current peaks. This led to an outage during the night and 13 vehicles couldn’t be re-charged according to the regulations, so that they have only reached part of their charging capacity even after the specified charging time. For fairness reasons, the rally management has decided not to call any assessment stages, but to count today as a transfer stage.” Silence, amazement, incomprehension, horror.

    The royal stage is being omitted? NO. Most of the vehicles still embark on the planned route towards the Grossglockner. “We’ll manage to get up there and down we’ll always be able to go.” It’s up to the participants to chose the route to Bolzano and utilize other charging possibilities on the way, if necessary.

    The special stage at the foot of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is kicked-off. 12.7 km uphill have to be driven in 15 minutes, destination is the Edelweissspitze at 2571 meters. No easy task, since this picture-book day is attracting a lot of visitors, who get in the way of the rally pilots. Ralf Schollenberger, Team Allianz Autowelt: “I had to really put the throttle to the metal to keep within the specified time. Even though it won’t be counted, I just had to know for myself.” Sportive ambition also drove the Team Jetcar. Their vehicle approached the mountain with  89% of their capacity, but since its total range is 250 km it was doable. The Jetcar is fast, but even the inventor and co-pilot Christian Wenger-Rosenau says: “With today’s traffic – we sometimes had a bus ahead of us – the given time could only be complied with by stepping on it. Our time was good and we’re really pleased with our current 4th place. This way we can at least hold on to that until tomorrow.”

    On the Edelweissspitze it was clear, the day was a winner. The view from the peak across the peaks, the feeling of having done it and the great mood, let everyone quickly forget the morning scare.

    Tortoise mode until Heinsfels

    Downhill and to the next charging column it’s 84 km, not too shabby. The Peugeot iON only had 11 km left in its battery pack and it wasn’t the only one at the limit. The Swiss Hosch in the IMiev only managed to reach the charging station “with God’s help”. Downhill the batteries were able to be re-charged, so that they were almost on full, but it didn’t always go downhill. The last kilometers to the much desired P-Charge dragged on. With the last reserves, right before zero and a speed of around 30 kmh – the so called tortoise mode – almost everyone made it to the charging break. Re-charge however much is possible was the motto for man and machine, as well as a break to digest the experiences.

    Whoever had had enough, continued their way to Bolzano, where a thunderstorm surprised the electrically operated troop at around 6 pm.  This was particularly hard for Michal Buse on the Raleigh Dover, the e-bike. Buse passed the leg with flying colors, leaving various well trained  racing cyclists in the dust on his way uphill and collecting money for the victims in Japan for each accomplished kilometer. He has the respect of every e-migliaisti.

    The results: same as the day before

    1. Tim Ruhoff, Team Energiebau/NextGM, Tesla – the titleholder

    2. Kurt Sigl, Team Bundesverband eMobilität, Tesla

    3. Michael Huhn, Sonnenpflücker Racingteam, Citroen C-Zero

    4. Lars Krüger, Team Jetcar, Jetcar

    5. Fuzzy Walter Kofler, Team Autotest Motorsport, Think City

    The facts of the 2nd daily stage of the e-miglia

    Total 267 km, uphill 94 km with 4130 meters difference in altitude

    Upcoming: Bolzano – St. Moritz on August 4th, the 3rd day of the e-miglia 2011.

    More information, the entire list of results and extensive TV, as well as image material at: www.e-miglia.com

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     Mittersill, August 2nd, 2011

    Day 1 of the e-miglia 2011: Munich – Mittersill:  The hero of the day is titleholder Ruhoff

    • Rally for electric vehicles, from August 1st – 5th, 2011
    • Blue skies and a beautiful route
    • First stage finish: Mittersill on August 2nd at around 5 pm at the Stadtplatz
    • Biggest challenge: Grossglockner High Alpine Road on August 3rd starting at 8:30 am
    • The 31 e-protagonists: C-Zero, Electric RaceAbout, eMini, E-M3, eRuf, i-Miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, Nissan Leaf, Raleigh Dover, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
    • Constancy rally through four alpine countries: D-AUT-I-CH
    • Equal-zero emission: 800 km from Munich, over the Grossglockner and Bolzano to St. Moritz

    Experience e-mobility firsthand 

    The teams and vehicles of the e-miglia 2011 present themselves on Monday, August 1st. 31 purely electrically operated vehicles together with their drivers and co-drivers faced the astonished public. Seven nations are taking part in the journey across the Alps to show the world what e-mobility is already able to achieve.

    Co-driver is recruited at the TÜV SÜD

    Unexpected and spontaneously, Peter Podhorsky from Munich landed on the co-driver’s seat of the Tesla of former Formula 1 driver Erik Comas (F). Comas’ original co-driver had to cancel on short-term notice for health reasons and on the morning of August 1st, Podhorsky was actually only at the TÜV, in order to have his wife’s car checked through. Two hours later, it was set: Comas had a new co-driver.

    August 2nd, 2011, 9 am sharp

    The starting flag is waved by Hans-Josef Fell, member of the Federal Parliament and World Councilor for renewable energies. Tim Ruhoff, the titleholder with starting number 1 crosses the starting arch in Munich and leads the group southward. Ruhoff: “My chances are good, we’ve trained a lot, we have a good vehicle and we’re optimally prepared.” 30 more excited teams follow in 1-minute intervals. “We want adventure!”, says Sabine Heiss, driver of the women’s team in an eRUF Coupé with starting number 21. They’re bound to get that, since they’re rather rally inexperienced and arrived at the midday charging stop very late.

    Charging stop in Oberaudorf

    It’s done, the first excitement has abated and in conversations with the participants it quickly becomes clear, that the Olympic mindset isn’t the only thing counted on here. Ralf Schollenberger of Team Allianz Autowelt (Starting no. 26): “During the first half of the day, we made two annoying beginner’s mistakes which cost us a lot of penalty time. That can’t happen again.” The Brunnerlions (Starting no. 11) in a Peugeot iON also display ambition. Evelyn Brunner: “We’re athletes and set the goal to place amongst the Top 10. We know the vehicle well, so it should be possible, but we aren’t experienced rally experts. We already goofed-up today, but lots can happen until St. Moritz.”

    Erik Comas, on the other hand, is a professional, who already stood high on the podium in 2010, but he too had to battle adversities: “We lost about 10 seconds when we crossed the finish-line after the special stage, because another participant was blocking our way.”

    Results are eagerly anticipated

    Since the electric power consumption is a new evaluation criteria in the e-miglia 2011, the interpretation of the daily results is delayed. It’s already obvious to the drivers though, that the time frame for the stages is tight and that no one can afford to dawdle.

    And the daily winner is:

    1. Tim Ruhoff, Team Energiebau/NextGM, Tesla – the titleholder

    2. Kurt Sigl, Team Bundesverband eMobilität, Tesla

    3. Michael Huhn, Sonnenpflücker Racingteam, Citroen C-Zero

    4. Lars Krüger, Team Jetcar, Jetcar

    5. Fuzzy Walter Kofler, Team Autotest Motorsport, Think City

     

    The facts of the 1st daily stage

    It’s 189 km from Munich to Mittersill, only the cyclist Michael Buse (starting no. 8) manages it in 182 km: “I used a route planner for bicyclists, which spared me 7 km. I might have however missed a check point by doing so.” he pedaled 124 km uphill and only 65 km downhill. Highest point of the route was the Thurn Pass with about 1200 m.

    Upcoming: Grossglockner High Alpine Road on August 3rd, the second day of the e-miglia 2011.

    More information, the entire list of results and extensive TV, as well as image material at: www.e-miglia.com

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    Munich, July, 2011
    e-miglia 2011: Titleholder Ruhoff is getting some real competition with Erik Comas
    • From August 1st to the 5th, 2011
    • The protagonists: C-Zero, Electic RaceAbout, eMini, E-M3, eRuf, i-Miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, NIssan Leaf, Pedelec, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
    • Constancy rally through four Alpine countries: D-AUT-I-CH
    • Equal-zero-emission: 800 km from Munich, over the Grossglockner, past Bolzano to St. Moritz

    This year, the group of 32 participants is even more eclectic than it was at its premiere. Tim Ruhoff (D) will have to defend his title vigorously. The former Formula 1 driver Erik Comas (F), who now counts on Green Cars and organizes challenges, will also be taking part with a Tesla. Both, Ruhoff as well as Comas have been able to capture victories with their e-vehicles already. A high-voltage duel appears to be pre-programmed. Ruhoff: “Erik Comas is an established master for economical driving. Since the energy consumption will be incorporated in the evaluation of the e-miglia this year, I view Comas as really dangerous. I haven’t personally met him yet, but my rally tesla is an exact replica of the vehicle he won with in 2010. I personally have never owned a car because of my convictions. I will train even harder now and work on a new strategy. It’s going to be really exciting.“ Efficiency is only one of the criteria on the evaluation scale of the constancy rally e-miglia. Does one have to worry that the rally pilots will simply crawl along due to the new consumption evaluation? Manuel Atzler, Project Manager of the e-miglia: “No, dawdling along doesn’t work in the rally. Actually the entire route is a test. To keep within the stipulated times, which is very important for the evaluation, requires normal speed, but without having to disregard the traffic rules. Time accuracy in the assessments is also important and in comparison to last year, the consumption is just one more criteria which can be decisive for the victory. In the end, every participant will have to develop his/her own customized strategy, that’s right for his/her vehicle.“

    Michael Buse (D) surely has his very own rally concept, since he’ll be pedaling 800 km through the Alps on his Raleigh Electro-Bicycle. In answer to the question, whether he’s confident he’ll manage the Grossglockner with its approximate 1700 meters difference in altitude, the East Frisian states relaxed, that his physical condition is adequate. After various marathons and ultra courses up to 100 km, amongst them the Sahara, he’s an interesting contender, who certainly won’t have any problems with the consumption evaluation.

    Not everyone is aiming at victory. Peter Reiter-Machoi, co-driver in an eMINI from TÜV SÜD, wants to create art, amongst other things, and wants to leave traces of the route on a virtual map. Horst Schneider, Board of Directors of the TÜV SÜD AG, also is the pilot of an eMINI and will utilize the e-miglia, to collect data on the topic operating range. “In 2010, the e-miglia already provided us with important insight for the detail development of the very hands-on test cycle“, Horst Schneider emphasizes.

    Marc de Jong (UK) will be tackling the route in a Nissan Leaf. That’s a completely new rally experience for him, since his usual scope of functions is something of a family tradition and lies with the WRC, the World Rally Championship marketing area. De Jong: “I haven’t driven a rally in a long time and the experience with an electromobile is truly new form e. Rally without any dirt, noise and gasoline stench. I’m curious and I’m letting this experience approach, though not without ambitions.“

    In comparison, Fuzzy Walter Kofler (I) from South Tyrol is a veteran rally professional. Fuzzy drove the Mille Miglia three times, but to drive precisely on the time is new for him and he still needs to experience the resources allocation of the Think City. As a man of the mountains, the passes during the e-miglia don’t however worry him.

    Hansjörg Hosch (CH) from the Energy City St. Moritz, which is also the destination of the e-miglia, will be driving backwards so to say. First he has to get to Munich for the start on August 1st and then he’ll circle back home into the Engadin, via Austria/Grossglockner and Bolzano/Italy. Hosch has been driving the i-Miev privately through the mountains for a while and knows exactly what needs to be done.

    Women’s teams are rare in motorsport, but the e-miglia has two of them from Germany participating. Sabine Heiß and Nina Bichlmaier (D) are in the eRUF Coupe. At the sight of this sportive vehicle men’s hearts will definitely also beat faster. The city runabout Think City already proved itself on the route through the Alps in 2010 and is piloted by Brigitte Haering and Roswitha Gumpendobler.

    The reward

    Naturally the CO2-free driving and the beautiful mountain world of the chosen routes are the highest reward of the e-miglia. There is however the prize money of € 10.000 for the winning participants. In addition, the participants will receive the official e-miglia watch from THE ONE Watches directly from the CEO Anton Kraft during the team presentation. Unusual design and functionality. THE ONE watches are also energy-saving. Electricity is only used, when you want to read the time. At the push of a button, the LEDs start to glow, apart from that, the battery is nonoperative.

    Experience e-mobility first-hand

    Before the teams set out on Tuesday morning at 9 am on the approximately 800 kilometer long route from Munich, across the Grossglockner to Bolzano and through the Engadin to St. Moritz, the e-miglia is inviting everyone to a public driver’s camp at the TÜV SÜD offices in the Ridlerstraße 57 in Munich. Everyone can experience e-mobility live from 3:30 pm on. Starting at 5 pm, the teams and technology will be introduced by SWR anchorman Constantin Beims. A good opportunity to get to know more about the topic e-mobility from the drivers, co-drivers and experts. Ranges, charging possibilities, electricity sources, recuperation technique, insurance coverage and breakdown service are the FAQ of e-mobility.

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    Munich, June, 2011

    e-miglia 2011: The toughest reality check for electric mobility

    • 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.

    Contact: Claudia Rickmann, phone: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, April, 2011

    e-miglia 2011: The international e-rally forges strong alliances for e-mobility

    • e-miglia partner: Allianz Versicherungs-AG, AvD and TÜV SÜD AG
    • Constancy rally through four countries: D-AUT-I-CH
    • 800 km in four days: from Munich to St. Moritz
    • Date: August 1st – 5th, 2011
    • Registration is open for everyone, a max. of 30 starting positions
    • Horst Schneider, Member of the Board of the TÜV SÜD will be participating personally

    A sound environment is the foundation of our existence. Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than the current events worldwide. Everybody and each one is required to make their contribution and break new ground. The e-miglia is only one approach into the direction of the future. The first international constancy rally for electric vehicles is an instrument, in order to show the world that zero emission mobility already works: during big challenges, as well as in everyday life. In the second year of the e-miglia, strong partnerships will continue to be developed and established.

    The insurance company, Allianz Versicherungs-AG, is positioned amongst the Top 20 largest companies worldwide. The commitment of the Allianz will be expanded for the e-miglia 2011. The Allianz will be entering the competition as a premium partner. “The electric car is coming. And there are good reasons for that. It is imperative to initiate a technology leap, and not to wait to react until the oil reserves are running short“, Severin Moser, Chairman of the Board of the Allianz Versicherungs-AG. Close to the consumer, the Allianz is aiming at also developing solutions for accident and breakdown coverage, as well as roadside assistance for alternatively powered vehicles. Moser: “We will accompany the development of electric mobility and will continue to support our customers in the electromobile future as a reliable insurance partner“.

    Since its formation in 1899, the AvD, Germany’s Automobile Club, has been active for 112 years of the 125 years of automobile history. Concentrated know-how with foresight into the future. Matthias Braun, Secretary General of the AvD: “During its second year, we will continue to extend our activities surrounding the e-miglia. The e-mobiles will be the iphones of the next generation of vehicles. The experiences we gain in the collaboration with the e-miglia will be timely implemented for our members.“

    The starting signal for the e-miglia 2011 will sound on August 2nd, 2011 once again at the TÜV SÜD (Technical Control Board South) in Munich. “The premiere of the e-miglia last year really convinced us. For us, as technical service provider and as a company, that is very involved in the development of e-vehicles, it is particularly important that the e-miglia isn’t just a show drive, but that we obtain tangible consolidated findings regarding the vehicles’ capacity. This demand isn’t only maintained in 2011, the bar was even raised“, Horst Schneider, Member of the Board of the TÜV SÜD AG, emphasizes.

    “From various market analyses we know, that the range in particular is one of the decisive criteria for the acceptance of e-mobility. Questions regarding the vehicles’ endurance and efficiency are crucial for the market success. This is where events such as the e-miglia help to direct the attention towards e-vehicles, to develop confidence, but also to identify technical weak spots“, Schneider points out.

    Contact: Claudia Rickmann, phone: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, March, 2011

    e-miglia 2011: Continuing on to St. Moritz

    • The e-miglia is in Switzerland for the first time
    • Finale on August 5th, 2011 in St. Moritz
    • Next: now the e-mobiles have about 800 km in 4 days ahead of them
    • Registration opens today, only 30 starting positions

    Today the entire Engadin is blanketed with snow, especially St. Moritz, the most famous Alpine meeting place. St. Moritz is also green however. When the e-miglia arrives in St. Moritz on August 5th, the audience at the finish line will marvel: e-mobiles – quiet and clean – innovative.

    Almost 150 years ago, winter tourism was invented in St.Moritz. Today, the Alpine destination is considered the epitome of exquisite resorts all over the world. The Engadine celebrates holidays picture-perfect, in style and with charm.

    Here’s where visionary ideas are born: the first electric light in Switzerland lit up in St. Moritz, here’s where Europe’s first «Palace Hotel» stood, standards are still set here – like for example the Ski World Championship 2003, the first Alpine occasion, during which sustainability was consistently counted on. Furthermore, with the energy project «Clean Energy» an Alpine vacation destination was for the first time consequently committed to the use of renewable energies.

    The worldwide first “quiet” and clean international street rally fits the Engadin and St. Moritz: environmentally conscious, but sportive and lively at the same time. “We’re very happy that we’re part of the e-miglia as the location for the final stage.  That way we can complement the numerous requirements St. Moritz as Switzerland’s 101st energy city has to fulfill, as well as the efforts in all of the Upper Engadin in a valuable way” so Ariane Ehrat, CEO of the Tourism Organization Engadin St. Moritz.

    With St. Moritz as the final location of the e-miglia, four countries will be traveled for the first time in 2011. A terrific event in a unique landscape is just as certain as is a memorable finish. The participants have to cover a total of 800 km starting in Munich, which amounts to a daily range of 200 km. An additional challenge.

    More information and the first webisode on: www.e-miglia.com

    Registration is now open on: http://www.e-miglia.com/participants/registration/

    Contact: Claudia Rickmann, phone: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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    Munich, February 17th, 2011

    e-miglia 2011: Second edition of the international rally for electric vehicles

     

    • The dates: August 1st through the 5th, 2011
    • Aiming higher: Großglockner High Alpine Road new in the e-miglia route
    • Registration open for everyone, provided you have a valid driver’s license and an e-mobile
    • Maximum of 30 participants at the constancy rally

    125 years of the automobile, and where has it gotten us? Almost one billion vehicles worldwide, an enormous economic factor and high individual mobility. The vehicles however require fossil fuels for the most part and the supplies aren’t inexhaustible. One solution, which is being assisted with incredible amounts worldwide is undisputed electric mobility. Not overnight, but there are supposed to be one million vehicles in Germany by 2020, Angela Merkel declared. Skepticism is still widespread amongst car drivers, mostly founded on ignorance. This is where the e-miglia steps in. In its second year, the first international e-rally only for electric vehicles also pursues the goal to show the world how appealing and powerful e-mobiles already are today. Electricity comes from a power socket, which can be supplied by renewable resources.

    Statement of the Director of the Bavarian State Chancellery, minister of state, Siegfried Schneider, at the pre-e-miglia press conference in Munich in August 2010: “I am certain, that an exciting and spectacular event such as a street rally can make an important contribution towards convincing people of the possibilities and opportunities of electric mobility, as well as creating a high publicity event, that advertises this environmentally conscious and innovative future technology.”

    The premiere of the e-miglia in 2010 already demanded more from the 25 participating vehicles than many thought they had in them. High passes in almost freezing temperatures, partly in continuous rain – aren’t friends of electricity. Daily ranges of up to 170 km, at the time for many not manageable with one “tank”. All of them however overcame the strains and crossed the finish-line. Clear winner: e-mobility. That incites to higher goals. And these will appear from August 1st through 5th, 2011 when the e-migliaisti once again hit the streets quietly and with equal-zero-emission.

    Rally manager Richard Schalber is taking higher literally: “With its 2094 meters the Jaufenpass was already pretty respectable, but today the participants have to drive the Großglockner High Alpine Road. That’s about 500 meters difference in altitude added. ” The Großglockner High Alpine Road lies in the heart of Austria and in the middle of the National Park Hohe Tauern. A region with lots of history, tradition, nature and foresight. Dr. Johannes Hoerl, Director of the Großglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG: “The Großglockner High Alpine Road is the only high alpine panorama route worldwide in the middle of an internationally recognized National Park. Its special feature is the integration in the distinctive natural landscape and its unique pipe routing. We utilize and support eco-friendly technologies.  And one of them is of course electric mobility. With the tallest e-pump in the world and special rates for e-mobiles we advocate the awareness for these future technologies. The e-miglia 2011 crossing the Großglockner for the first time, emphasizes our endeavors. ”

    Whether the classic automobile manufacturers will also be securing one of the already much coveted 30 starting positions with their first e-cars, that are already in part being produced in series, will soon become evident, since the registration starts on March 1st, 2011 on www.e-miglia.com

    Contact: Claudia Rickmann, phone: +49(0)89 2000 347 15, rickmann@e-miglia.com

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