London to Brighton EV Rally PR

External Press Release

From the Sinclair C5 to the Jaguar i-Pace – The Big Lemon London to Brighton electric vehicle rally, proudly sponsored by EDF, is set to be a showcase of innovation across electric motoring and clean energy.

Among the 27 entries received so far, in addition to the C5 and i-Pace, the rally will feature Renault’s electric microcar, the Renault Twizy, solar powered cars, alongside self-build vehicles, including one built from a former chicken coup. 

The Big Lemon London to Brighton electric vehicle rally will be sponsored by EDF, Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity and a leading EV provider. The rally takes place on Sunday 18th July and will start on the banks of the River Thames, covering over 58 miles, passing through beautiful Sussex and Surrey countryside before finishing on Brighton Beach.   

Philip Valarino, Head of EV projects at EDF said: “EDF are passionate about helping the UK cut its carbon emissions to help Britain achieve Net Zero through wind, nuclear and solar. We’re proud to be sponsoring The Big Lemon London to Brighton EV rally which sets out to demonstrate and celebrate the rapid development of electric vehicles and renewable energy. We are committed to supporting customers’ journey to drive electric through leasing deals, home charging points and our low cost, zero carbon electricity tariffs, and with the event due to feature an area for people to test drive an EV, we hope it will encourage more people to make the switch.”

Tom Druitt L2BEVR Co-Founder said: “We are so happy to be working with EDF – they understand our aspirations perfectly and have shown a real enthusiasm for what we stand for. The partnership will enable us to put on a world-class event and we are very grateful to them for their support.”

Electric vehicle drivers, bikers, cyclists and self-build aficionados are invited to SIGN UP to the event, which will be a first for the UK’s ever-growing EV community. 

Participants will be able to continue their celebrations after completing the London to Brighton EV rally at the Beach E-village on Madeira Drive, Brighton. 

The E-village will host an array of showcases, displays, entertainment, food and drink along with the coveted award ceremony at the Grand Hotel Brighton with prizes for participants with the lowest energy consumption and general performance across all categories.

Starting from just £60 to take part, categories for the rally include: 

  • E-Bikes
  • E-Motorbikes
  • City Cars
  • Saloon cars
  • SUVs
  • Vans
  • Self-builds
  • Minibuses
  • Buses
  • Trucks 
  • Public Transport

To take part or for more information on the London to Brighton electric vehicle rally go   


Note to editors

We are also excited to announce that RAC have teamed up with this year’s event as recovery and key event support provider, showcasing their help and vision in supporting the rapid development of electric vehicles and renewable energy.

We would like to thank all of the events partners and sponsors for helping with this year’s event including: 

EDF, RAC, The Big Lemon Bus company, Fully Charged, Intercounty Truck & Van ltd, R Symons Electric Vehicle Sales, The Grand Hotel, Zero Motorcycles, Electric Brighton, Visit Brighton, NOVO Insurance and Drive Electric

Event details

• The London to Brighton EV Rally is the first fully Electric Vehicle Rally to take place in England

• Combined with the Rally’s Electric Village showcase and the Big Lemon event Forum the event is a first for England.

• The Rally is the first of its type in England and showcases the latest in EV and Solar from the automotive, leisure and manufacturing sectors

• The show is the first of what will become an annual event with more planned at UK and European locations in the future

• The Rally and the Show represent an opportunity for the automotive and alternative power industry to showcase the latest trends in design and technology

• Brings the future of new transportation and leisure technologies to the public in an entertaining and educational atmosphere

• The Big Lemon forum has been set up to engage the educational sector with the forerunner of an annual EV seminar and conference to be held in Brighton

• Electric vehicle exhibits and displays

• Static and moving displays featuring:

• Broad range of electric and solar vehicles representing many sectors

• Private vehicles, motor bikes, transportation, autonomous, authorities, leisure, commercial, micro-mobility vehicles (cycles, scooters, etc) and autonomous vehicles

• Electric motorsport – cars (Formula E, Rally) and bikes (EMoto, ZeroTT, Trials)

• Education Zone – Universities, colleges and schools electric and solar vehicle displays

• Free Public entrance- subject to Covid restrictions          

About EDF  

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We are Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas. 

With around 5 million accounts, EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British homes and businesses and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. All of our home and small business customers get energy tariffs backed by zero carbon electricity as standard. 

We generate low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operate one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, thousands of EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants. Wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity that is zero carbon at the point of generation and have similar emissions over the build, run and retire lifecycles. 

EDF is leading the UK’s nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.  

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 4GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 W Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland which will be ready in 2023. 

Our energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland. 

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK we employ around 13,000 people. 

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