Supporters of the London to Brighton Electric Vehicle rally gathered at Soho House in Madeira Drive, Brighton, to mark the third year of the event – and this time it will be heading to Paris.

The rally is spearheaded by Bill Murray and Green city councilor Tom Druitt and wants to show that electric vehicles are a practical way to travel.

The event began in 2021, with 71 electric vehicles driving the 59-mile distance from Westminster to Brighton. This year it will be the London to Paris Rally, with drivers taking the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry for the event, which will happen on July 1 and 2.

Tom said: “It sets out to have a lot of fun, while celebrating the transition to a low-carbon economy. We want everyone to celebrate what’s already been possible, the progress we’re making and to look forward to the future. We need to accelerate the transition to renewable technologies.  Crucially, we want to show all the naysayers out there that this stuff works, and it’s the future.”

The rally will make a stop in Madeira Drive, which is home to many traditional motor racing events from the Brighton Speed Trials to the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which dates back to 1896.

The rally will stop in Madeira Drive, which hosts many classic motor racing events from the Brighton Speed Trials to the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which goes back to 1896.

The rally is supported by some major players in the renewable energy and transport world such as EDF, Shell and Motability, a scheme to help disabled people stay mobile. It is expected more than 100 people will join the trip, in all kinds of vehicles from buses to home-made motorbikes.

Representatives from a variety of innovative companies were at the launch, from electric car charging providers to electric van makers.

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