Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2017
The most beautiful and the quietest rally in the world is being held again this year. The fourth international “Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2017” traditionally starts in Istria, Rovinj, 31.5. and will last until 07.06., finishing in Zagreb.
Eight days of driving on the 1300 km long route through amazing landscapes, 5 islands and 6 national parks with plenty of attractions on the route officially called “Green electric route” that offers charging stations that are, in cooperation with our partners, set on the most significant locations. During the rally, the vehicles will be charged at the public charging stations with Tesla Superchargers and mobile DC chargers coupled with the mobile battery pack 1+1 MWh.
The stopping points of this electric adventure are Poreč, Rovinj, Hum, Kringa, Beram, Vodnjan, Pula, Brijuni, Opatija, Senj, Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Pag, Paklenica, Zadar (The Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ), Šibenik, Krka, Vransko Jezero, Split, Smiljan, Plitvička Jezera and Zagreb. The choice of these locations is not random; its aim is to show the best of what Croatia has to offer. In Istria we’re visiting Buzet, the city of truffles, Hum, the smallest town in the world according to The Guinness Book of Records, then Beram and the church with the amazing medieval fresco “Dance Macabre” and in Vodnjan the Istrian church of St. Blaž which contains the world’s largest collection of completely preserved bodies of no less than 600 Christian saints from all over the world. The official accreditation as well as the assignment of numbers and road books to competitors will be held in Poreč, where the rally officially begins. In Pula we’ll be parked next to one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in Europe and a boat will take us to the national park Brijuni, a vacation destination of numerous kings, presidents and celebrities. We will drive through central Istria, also called mini Tuscany, all the way to the fabulous Opatija, the astonishing renaissance Monte Carlo of the Adriatic and to Senj, known for its famous Bora on whose seafront one of the most beautiful Tesla Superchargers is located. A beautiful view extends from the Krk bridge through which we drive to the island of Krk. A pre-booked ferry boat will transfer us from the island of Krk to the island of Cres, known for the Center for griffon vultures Caput Insulae Beli, the home of a large colony of griffon vulture nests situated at the lowest altitude in the world.
The amazing ACI marina Cres will be the host of Tesla rally – the participants will have a well deserved rest and also get an opportunity to enjoy the offer of the new ACI Restaurant Mistral.
At the Lošinj airport, a speed race and and a skills test will be held for the overall scoring where besides the accuracy, agility and speed is measured also the energy consumption.
The drive continues across the island of Pag with amazing lunar landscapes, where numerous auto manufacturers filmed their advertisements. Then there is Lun, the oldest European olive grove where it’s permitted to move only on foot or with an electric micro vehicles. An essential stopping point is the city of Zadar with its famous solar panel installations The Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ. It is a place to capture photographs of what A. Hitchcock called the most spectacular sunset in the world, a place to take footages. Krka national park, with its wonderful waterfalls, is where the first hydroelectric power plant was built according to Tesla’s designs. From there, on August 28th, 1895, one of the first flows of electrical current rushed toward the 14 km distant city of Šibenik. The city of Split is the location of charging with the Tesla Supercharger and the 1200 years old Diocletian’s palace is a real historical treasure trove with many narrow streets and original sidewalks and monuments from the Roman era. In Split, the race will be held near the Poljud stadium. On the 400 km long road towards Zagreb there is a mandatory stop at the birthplace of Nikola Tesla, in Smiljan, where the cars will be charged with electricity, and the drivers with food and positive energy. Less than 200 km before reaching Zagreb, the rally will visit the Plitvice Lakes, one of the most beautiful national parks in the world with amazing lakes and waterfalls situated in an ancient forest. The finish line is the main square Ban Jelačić in Zagreb at night, where the „speed race“ will be held the next day as well as the winner announcement ceremony.
Last year there were 60 electric vehicles at the rally, among them were mostly the drivers of Tesla vehicles from all over the world. All of them were new entrepreneur-class engineers and leaders in their living and working environments. Nature lovers, people who appreciate high quality organic food and products are those who receive our undivided attention. Many of them formed frendships and business contacts at the rally.