Acciona 100% EcoPowered wrote history by being the first team to complete the Dakar Rally with a full-electric vehicle. The Spanish team was relieved to have reached the finish in its third attempt, especially because of the extreme weather conditions.
This year’s route was described by the event’s sport director Marc Coma, as “the toughest in South America”, saw a withdrawal rate of over 26% in the cars’ categories.
The 4×4 electric vehicle was piloted by Ariel Jatón and co-driver German ‘Tito’ Rolón. They will remember the 39th edition of the Dakar Rally also for the weather conditions which caused the route to be redesigned after the Río Grande burst its banks, making things particularly difficult for the organisation and its competitors.
“The odyssey is over. This year’s Dakar was very tough, with some very intense stages complicated by the weather, and the altitude in Bolivia,” said driver Jatón. “It was the most gruelling race in South America, so we are thrilled to have reached the finish line, particularly in an electric car.”
Proven technical reliability
Acciona 100% EcoPowered evidenced its reliability in the 12 stages of the rally. The car is the result of five years’ research and development led by Acciona’s R&D and Innovation Department.
Made entirely in Spain — in the Barcelona town of Vilanova del Vallés — EcoPowered has been equipped with a 250 kW synchronous electric motor, equivalent to 340 hp. The car is powered by six ultra-fast charging lithium battery modules plus a 100 W solar panel.