The Spanish ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered has become the first ever zero emission, all-electric vehicle to complete the Dakar Rally.
Covering a ~5,600 mile route through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina would be a major achievement in any electric car, but imagine attempting that in a rally competition, and all the while over extreme off-road conditions, with limited charging opportunities. Truly an amazing feat.
We should note that the ACCIONA finished the 2017 Dakar in 57th (and last place), but more than one-fourth of all teams didn't finished at all.
Result Time: 111:21:18 (82:31:48 plus 41:00:00 Penalty).
The car itself is equipped with a 150 kWh battery and 250 kW electric motor, with the battery lasting for just around 120 miles per charge (200 km) on the rough terrain, so recharging was key.
In its previous two attempts in 2015 and 2016, ACCIONA was unable to complete the rally. Now the team can think ahead to the next racing and setting the bar even higher...and about beating some more of the ICE competitors.
ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered spec
ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered
All ACCIONA Dakar videos are available here.