’24 Hours of Lemons’ opens electric car category in infamous cheap car race

For the first time ever, the 24 Hours of Lemons race will include an electric car category. The event, which features cheap, inexpensive cars battling it out over 24 hours, is set to award the first ever electric-class winner with 1 Million nickels (or $50,000, for those that don’t want to do the math).

Electric car class in the 24 Hours of Lemons

The 24 Hours of Lemons race began in 2006 as a parody of the more famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, but with beater cars that cost less than $500.

To enter, cars have needed to have been street legal when made and be purchased and prepped for racing with less than $500, not including brakes, tires and safety equipment. Cars race around a track to complete the most number of laps in the allotted time.

Considering the types of cars that make the cut, hilarity pretty much ensues as cars try to make it to the end in one mostly working piece.

Until this year’s event, there has never been an electric car class in the 24 Hours of Lemons.

When asked why they were including electric cars this year, the event’s “Chief Perp” Jay Lamm told Jalopnik:

“Because enthusiasts need to know that EVs are a boon, not a threat. I was just in the shower and thinking about this, and thought, man, that’s a great encapsulation: People think they’re a threat, but they’re not. Someone needs to make them understand it’s a boon for enthusiasts all the way around.

They’re fast, you can get a car that drives as smooth as a Rolls-Royce for 30 grand with EVs! To segregate them out is ridiculous and a missed opportunity.”

The prize for the first ever winner of the electric class is $50,000. However, it will be paid in nickels. That’s five and half tons of nickels, which race organizers say will be delivered to the winner’s address via dump truck.