The IV Kiev-Monte Carlo Electric Marathon 2015 of 2,800 km reached the finish line in Monaco.
The rally, started in Kyiv on June 3rd, 2015, took place in 17 European cities in 10 countries. The Grand Prix Electric Marathon 2015 won the Startsauto team from Estonia on Tesla S.
The first place in “The converted electric vehicles” nomination got Cenntro Auto crew on GAZ M-20 (Pobeda).
Burisma team on Opel Ampera won in “The hybrid cars nomination”. They got most points at all race stages which were maximally close to standard of comparison.
It has become a tradition and hallmark of the marathon for the winner to be determined not by speed, but by total time spent at intermediate stages.
At the award ceremony held on Palace Square in Monte Carlo His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and President of Burisma Holdings Mykola Zlochevskyi presented the Cup to the winner.
Vice-President of the Electric Marathon Andrey Beliy awarded the winners in the hybrid cars category, and Honorary Consul of Monaco in Estonia and Director of Electric Marathon Jüri Tamm gave the Prince of Monaco Albert II a gift from Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, the city where the marathon started.
“The marathon is already becoming a symbol of innovative transformations in Europe. Therefore, it is joined by more and more people each year, and, importantly, companies. We are delighted that this year Ukraine, one of the largest countries in Europe, joined us with the team of socially responsible business represented by country’s largest gas producer Burisma Holdings”, stated the Prince of Monaco Albert II in his welcome speech.
In his turn, the President of Burisma Holdings Mykola Zlochevskyi stressed that business, just like a marathon, is not about speed, but the right strategy, which defines the ultimate result. “Burisma Holdings as the largest gas producer in Ukraine has chosen the innovative development model, and the Electric Marathon 2015 is a community of like-minded people, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco that believe that a creating a cleaner future is a prerequisite and a rule every person should live by”, said Mr. Zlochevskyi.
Apart from HSH Prince Albert of Monaco II, many prominent people from Europe supported the current pan-European “Green Marathon”.
In the Austrian city of Graz the Marathon was joined by Barone Federico Bianchi, who has been with the rally for a few years already.
Rafael de Mestre, a famous Spaniard who travelled around the world in 80 days on his electric vehicle, also participated in the marathon. The terms of the rally allowed everyone to join at any stage of the competition. The only condition was driving an electric or a hybrid vehicle.
As a result, Electric Marathon 2015 involved a record number of electric cars – 65. Also, the rally was attended by 25 electric bikes.
Burisma Holdings, the largest private gas company in Ukraine was a title partner for European Electric Marathon 2015
Symbolically, the Electric Marathon 2015, starting in Kyiv, passed through the entire European continent on the eve of the anniversary of signing the Economic part of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.