Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2016 — Joining?

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The 2016 Nikola Tesla EV Rally in Croatia is fast approaching — with the event slated to begin on June 1st and run through June 5th. The >1000-kilometer rally route will include stops in 12 cities — Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Labin, Opatija, Starigrad Paklenica, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Smiljan, Plitvice Lakes, Karlovac, and Zagreb.

The Los Angeles Times has previously described the annual event as the most beautiful rally of electric vehicles in world — largely owing to the beautiful landscape of the region. The route includes travel through 5 national parks, and stops at various historically important locations, including the birthplace of Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2016

Here are some further details from a recent email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession:

We are connecting the most beautiful and significant locations in Croatia with e-mobility, promoting sustainable energy, organically grown food, and setting infrastructure for electric cars. Organizers of this Rally invented a smart solar/wind charging system with energy storage, and built over 50% of all charging stations in Croatia. The Rally is international, participants are from all Europe and USA, mostly diplomatic dignitaries, entrepreneurs, globetrotters, green tech leaders, and inventors. In one world; smart people.

…2016 Nikola Tesla EV Rally will feature ZEV vehicles such as the fastest hypercar in the world, which is 100% Electric — Rimac Automobili Concept_One, as well as Greyp electric bikes (that could pull over 60 mph :), with Mate Rimac bringing in several cars which you could try as well. We are also working on bringing a Formula E car for demonstration runs in several locations, Loox — 3-seat luxury city car (250 mile range) as well as numerous Tesla models from throughout Europe.


Sounds pretty interesting. Here’s the schedule for the rally to give a better idea of what’s in store for participants:

— START at 02.00 pm. Drive from Rovinj/Poreč to Pula — sightseeing at Pula Arena, most preserved amphitheatre since Roman times (more info on:
— Pula-Fažana: leave the vehicles and go on a boat tour to Brijuni National Park — lunch and sightseeing (more info about Brijuni on:
— Return to hotel at 06.00 pm.
— Note: Tickets for ferry boat, entrance at Pula Arena and National Park, and lunch are not included in “Accommodation package” and will be charged at the site
Hotel Lone in Rovinj — double room (HB)
Hotel Valamar Isabella Miramare in Poreč — double room (HB)
— 09.30 pm. Meeting after dinner — introductions and socializing for all participants with organizer
*If you want to arrive the night before (31.05/01.06), it is possible to book an additional stay in the hotel at an additional cost of €170 (double room cost).

— 10.00 am at Poreč in the Main Square
— 10.30 am. Skill exam
— 12.00 pm. Start drive to Opatija
— 13.00 pm. Lunch at Stancia Agrolaguna (more info on: — lunch is not included in “Accommodation package“ and will be charged at the site in the amount of €25 per person
— 03.00 pm. Rally continues to charge point in Labin
— 06.00 pm. Arrival at Opatija – Slatina beach in the center of Opatija
— 07.30 pm. Check in at hotel
Hotel Palace Bellevue in Opatija — double room (HB)
— 10.00 pm. Drinks and socializing in Lido Beach Bar Opatija (more info at:

— 09.00 am. Slatina beach
— 09.30 am. Start to Šibenik
— 12.00 pm. Charge point at Senj — Tesla Superchargers (more info on:,14.8954642,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47639977c1167521:0xfe405abaedb0bd3f)
— 02.00 pm. Charge point and lunch at Starigrad Paklenica (additional charge)
— 05.30 pm. Arrival at “Poljana“ — center of city Šibenik
— Tour St Mihovil Fortress (more info on: — tickets for entrance in St Mihovil Fortress are not included in “Accommodation package“ and will be charged at the site.
— 08.00 pm. Check in at hotel D–Resort Šibenik — double room (HB)

— 09.00 am. Start from “Poljana“ — center of city Šibenik
— 10.00 am. Tour in National Park Krka (more info on:
— 13.00 pm. Arrival at Smiljan MC Nikola Tesla — birthplace of Nikola Tesla
— Charge point and tour in Nikola Tesla Museum
— 02.30 pm. Start drive to Plitvička Jezera
— 05.00 pm. Charge point, lunch, and tour of Plitvička Jezera (more info on: — tickets for entrance at Lake Plitvice are not included in “Accommodation package“ and will be charged at the site
Hotel Degenija in Plitvice — double room (HB)
Hotel Esplanade in Zagreb — double room (HB)
— 08.00 pm. Arrival in Zagreb
*Tesla drivers can choose to go straight to Zagreb from Split (not necessary to sleep in Plitvice) due to available range of their vehicles.

–11.00 am. Arrival at the Main Square on Trg bana Josipa Jelačića
–12.30 pm. Skill exam
— 01.30 pm. Award ceremony
— 03.00 pm. END of program

Accommodation package = €950

More information on the rally can be found here.

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One thought on “Nikola Tesla EV Rally Croatia 2016 — Joining?

  • Lovely but weird country is Croatia, having charging points in various small places like Labin, whereas a famous resort Opatija has non to date. Very funny country, if it hadn’t been for Nikola Tesla no-one would have known anything it, not to mention National Park Plitvice Lakes having no charger whatsoever – in the very proximity of Smiljan. I suspect even Tesla Motors know not much about those facts, that’s exactly why NT eloped to the US, from stranded land of Croatia. Bet more than half citizens don’t know the birth place of Nikola ..

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