For 10 days in Might the Nikola Tesla EV Rally 2023 celebrated its tenth anniversary by showcasing inexperienced mobility whereas presenting the great thing about Croatia to the rally individuals. From the charming seaside village of Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula to the historic metropolis of Cut up in Dalmatia, the contestants might check their driving expertise, parade their very good and silent electrical automobiles and expertise the perfect of Croatia’s cultural heritage, pure magnificence and enogastronomy.
The individuals in Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2023
Croatia is the perfect of each worlds
“It’s our first time in Croatia, and we’re actually stunned that it’s so good.” Marie and Paul Meeusen, Switzerland
“Croatia is the perfect of each worlds. Like Switzerland, it has an attention-grabbing historical past, lovely nature, good meals and many water. Switzerland doesn’t have sea entry, however large lakes like right here. Nevertheless, this lake could be very particular. It’s our first time in Croatia, and we’re actually stunned that it’s so good,” Marie and Paul Meeusen from Switzerland exclaim enthusiastically. Like 95% of the rally contestants, that is their first time visiting Croatia, and they’re delighted by its pure magnificence, panoramic roads and native delicacies.
The primary, however not the final: it solely took Marie and Paul at some point’s lovely drive via Austria and Italy to get to the Nikola Tesla EV Rally’s place to begin in Rovinj from their residence in Switzerland. They’re prepared to hitch the rally once more subsequent yr – and even to go to Croatia once more within the meantime, to discover extra of the nation.
Blown away by the sweetness
After an extended day of driving, the opponents return to their 5-star resort in UNESCO World Heritage metropolis of Cut up
That the great thing about Croatia is addictive, one other participant can attest to. Michael Schmid likes to compete within the rally: “It’s my third time to Croatia – and the third time I’ve participated within the rally, so the rally is how I received to know Croatia. And I’m impressed. Each time I come again, additionally this yr, we’re travelling in a special a part of the nation and I’m amazed. It’s spectacular. It’s an incredible method to get to know the nation, the individuals, and also you get to see hidden spots, just like the one behind me, which I’ve by no means heard of, and I’m blown away.”
Michael stands along with his again to Modro Jezero; Blue Lake, as he encourages others to hitch the rally. All through the day the rally contestants have been shifting via an ever-changing Croatian countryside and have drove across the island of Pelješac. After this go to to the third largest sinkhole on this planet, the opponents return to their 5-star resort in UNESCO World Heritage metropolis of Cut up to take pleasure in one more delight of Croatia: its meals and wine.
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John Elvins has pushed his Tesla all the way in which all the way down to the Croatian summer time temperatures from the UK
Two of the opposite contestants, Anita Lučić from Sweden and John Elvins from the UK, are additionally loopy in regards to the Croatian delicacies: “The meals is superb, the seafood particularly,” they declare, after they’ve talked in regards to the totally different elements of Croatia they’ve skilled throughout the rally. When requested what they give thought to the rally, they’re unambiguous: “Wonderful. You’ve received to do it. You meet individuals from throughout Europe. And Croatian persons are actually pleasant.”
Hospitality, friendliness and meals are the three issues they like finest about Croatia, and they’re additionally stunned how good the Might climate is on the Adriatic coast. John has pushed his Tesla all the way in which all the way down to the Croatian summer time temperatures from the UK, and has had an opportunity to take a look at the opposite vehicles within the rally as effectively: “Among the vehicles are fairly uncommon as effectively, a few the early Teslas are right here. There’s a mannequin X that has run greater than 300.000 kilometres, which is superb. It has solely misplaced 20 kilometres in whole since new.”
That’s excellent news for these of the contenders that drive a Tesla: they’ve had a number of probabilities to check their very own and their vehicles’ driving expertise throughout the rally, and it’s at all times constructive to listen to that your favorite automotive has many miles left within the motor. As a result of meaning, you can drive it once more within the Nikola Tesla EV Rally 2024.
John Elvins got here in second on this yr’s Nikola Tesla EV Rally, and Michael Schmid completed in third place. They have been each outrun by Dinko Samardžić who completed first in his Renault Zoe. As a result of despite the fact that the rally is known as after the well-known Croat Nikola Tesla, everybody with an electrical automobile – and a way of journey – can be a part of.
The Nikola Tesla EV Rally 2023 was supported by HTZ (Croatian Vacationer Board), FZOEU (Environmental Safety and Vitality Effectivity Fund), native municipalities and vacationer boards comparable to TZ Šibenik, TZ Zadar, TZ Vodnjan, TZ Grožnjan, metropolis of Crikvenica and others.