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Nissan LEAF powers marathon across Europe

  • Nissan is the official Adventure partner of the Electric Marathon
  • Six Nissan LEAF to compete in the university challenge
  • Electric Marathon to run until 29th September going through ten countries


PARIS, France (24th September, 2018) – Nissan is partnering with the Electric Marathon by providing a 100% electric Nissan LEAF to each of the six university teams rallying from Tallinn, Estonia, to Monte Carlo. In the 2018 edition, the Nissan LEAF is the only mass market electric vehicle to compete in its own category.


The format of the marathon has changed compared to the last few years. “This year, competitions are held in two categories – between universities from six different countries which all use identical new Nissan LEAF 40 kWh, and in the so-called “open” class with an unlimited number of different types of electric vehicles. All EV drivers are welcome to participate,” said Jüri Tamm, Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco and head of the organizing committee.


“It is possible to participate in the entire marathon or in each stage separately and the winners will be awarded with diplomas and medals. The purpose of the marathon is to support environment-friendly transport. The celebratory finish and award ceremony will be held at the square in front of the Prince’s Palace in Monaco on 29 September.”


The Electric Marathon 2018 started on 18th of September in Tallinn, Estonia, after a prologue in Helsinki, Finland on the 17th.The Electric Marathon will pass through ten countries with stops in 37 cities, and will end on 29th September in Monaco. For the first time, it will follow the route of the Tallinn-Monte Carlo Rally held in the 1930s.


The Electric Marathon 2018, patronized by Prince Albert II of Monaco, kicked off in Tallinn in front of the Estonian National Opera on Tuesday 18th September. The program paid tribute to the historic rally from the 30s and all Estonian electric car owners were welcome to participate at the Tallinn-Pärnu stage. Around 40 electric vehicles lined up at the starting line-up.


Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, says: “The new LEAF is our icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, and an important step towards Nissan’s vision to deliver sustainable mobility for all. Seeing our 100% electric Nissan LEAF starting such a marathon is a true testament of how versatile this car can be“.  


New additions to the competition include the prologue in Helsinki and the stage in Kaliningrad, and the interim finish of our competition also has an important role in the program of the Hamburg Climate Week. “We are planning to make interim finishes by the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg and visit various universities in Poland and France. In cooperation with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic Orchestra and the 25th anniversary festival of the Usedom Music Festival, a culture-friendly interim finish of the electric marathon rally will be held in Peenemünde in front of the Historical Technical Museum,” said Tamm.


Electric Marathon 2018 program and information:  and



Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 640,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline and this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

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