The team Acciona 100% EcoPowered is the first ever entry with an electric vehicle that made it to the finish of the Dakar Rally.

Driver Ariel Jaton and co-driver German Rolon completed the journey in 111 hours. The team managed to overcome the extreme weather conditions over Bolivia and northern Argentina that caused several stages to be shortened and cancelled. The team was classified 53rd.

The vehicle’s package consists of 250 kW power — equivalent to a 340 horsepower combustion engine — thanks to a powertrain comprising a synchronous electric motor, six fast-charging on-board batteries and a backup instrumentation power system driven by a high-performance rooftop solar panel with a rated capacity of 100 W. It has been upgraded for this Dakar rally with a chassis re-design, lighter batteries, a six-gear sequential gearbox and enhanced 4-wheel traction.

The rally was won by Stéphane Peterhansel in his Peugeot. The Frenchman clinched the overall victory of the Dakar Rally for the thirteenth time.

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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