Inaugural Mille Miglia Green is this weekend

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Volkswagen is entering a pair of its electra-mod vintage Beetles in the inaugural Mille Miglia Green | Volkswagen photos

Taking place this weekend is the inaugural Mille Miglia Green, a new event based on the famed long-distance race in Italy, but this time open only to electric and hybrid vehicles. 

Volkswagen has entered its e-up!, an electric vehicle introduced at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, and a pair of electric-powered vintage Beetles, the “e-Beetles.”

The event begins in Brescia and travels to Mailand and Lainate.

VW introduced its e-Up! electric vehicle at the recent Frankfurt show

“The Mille Miglia is without doubt one of the most legendary classic car rallies worldwide,” Volkswagen said in announcing its participation. “The ‘Mille Miglia Green’ is a completely new event that borrows the original idea of long-distance racing – but only electric and hybrid vehicles are permitted to compete.”

The route each day will cover as much as 180 kilometers. VW notes that the distance is well within the 260-kilometer range of its new e-up!

The Mille Miglia Green will include seven categories: Pure electrics, including fuel cell vehicles and EVs), hybrids (including full and mild, etc.) and classic cars produced before 1990, either electric or retrofitted with electric-drive systems.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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