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Dates announced for second London to Brighton Electric Vehicle Rally

HUNDREDS of vehicles are expected to hit the streets when an electric rally returns later this year.

Bikes, cars, vans and scooters will roll into town on Saturday June 25 when the London to Brighton Electric Vehicle Rally returns for the second time.

Last year a total of 71 cars in nine different categories crossed the finish line next to Palace Pier after completing 59 miles from Parliament Square to Brighton.

More than 3,000 people attended the event on Madeira Drive where vehicles were on display after the finish line.

Hundreds are now expected to take part in the run, which celebrates the rapid development of electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies.

Tony Hayes, who won the Most Innovative Vehicle award in the JLC Orca Van during last year’s event, said he was “excited” to be back.

He said: “We are really excited and have two new vehicles.

“It’s a good event, it was really good fun last year.

“It was nice, everyone was waiting down here [Medeira Drive] with a bit of sunshine – it was stunning.

“For us, it moves into the right limelight and that’s good for us.”

The event kicked off Tuesday on Madeira Drive.

The inaugural event was the brainchild of co-founders Tom Druitt and Bill Murray and marked the transition of Big Lemon’s fleet to electric vehicles.

The drive featured A-list participants including actor Mark Williams, who crossed the finish line in an all-new Endeavor Motors Polestar electric vehicle.

While engineer Cedric Lynch crossed the border in a homebuilt motorcycle developed in the 1970s and once featured on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World.

The event ended with an awards ceremony at The Grand, recognizing the lowest energy consumption in each class.

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