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|Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:47 pm Post subject: Electric vehicle completes Dakar Rally
|Electric vehicle completes Dakar Rally
After the third try, company Acconia finally finished the Dakar Rally in an all-electric car (we reported), making it the first team to do so.
ACCIONA, a Spanish multinational that operates in the infrastructure and renewable energy fields, took on the challenge of the Dakar Rally for the third successive year with the only vehicle in the race that didl not consume a single drop of fossil fuel.
The 39th edition of the Dakar was held place from 1 - 15 January 1along a route that crossed some of the most demanding areas of terrain in Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.
Ariel Jatón was again be at the wheel of ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered. The Argentinian driver, who has extensive competitive experience and several participations in the Dakar Rally – he is also Argentinian champion of Rally Cross Country - worked with the team on some of the improvements to the car. His navigator was his countryman Tito Rolón.
The ACCIONA vehicle is the result of ongoing research and development by the R&D+I department of ACCIONA since the car was initially designed in 2012. It is the electric car with the most available power in the world (250 kw), equivalent to a 340 CV combustion engine, thanks to an innovative power train consisting of a synchronous electric engine, a series of six on-board fast-charge batteries (charging time 60 minutes) and a system that feeds the safety instruments through a high-performance solar panel with a nominal capacity of 100 Wh.
For Dakar race some technical improvements were incorporated to increase the car’s reliability in comparison with last year’s model. The changes included updates to the chassis design, lighter batteries, a six-speed sequential gearbox and the development of its 4x4 traction system.