Ac­ciona re­turns to Dakar Rally with elec­tric car

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Span­ish en­ergy firm Ac­ciona said yes­ter­day it will com­pete in the Dakar Rally next month in Latin Amer­ica for the third straight year with the only elec­tric ve­hi­cle of the gru­elling off-road race. “Next Jan­uary in Asuncion (Paraguay) we will once again cross the start­ing line of the Dakar, and we will again be the only zero emis­sions ve­hi­cle,” the com­pany said in a state­ment. “We com­pete in Dakar 2017 with an elec­tric ve­hi­cle be­cause we be­lieve 100% in the po­ten­tial of re­new­able en­ergy,” it added on the Face­book page of its Dakar Rally team. Some 316 ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing 83 cars and 146 mo­tor­bikes, are regis­tered for the 39th Dakar Rally, which will be staged over nearly 9,000 kilo­me­tres (5,600 miles) from Jan­uary 2-14 in Ar­gentina, Bo­livia and Paraguay. The race will set off from the Paraguayan cap­i­tal of Asuncion, with race sport­ing di­rec­tor Marc Coma promis­ing “the tough­est edi­tion in the his­tory of South Amer­i­can rally-raid­ing”. Ac­ciona en­tered its car in the 2015 Dakar Rally, mak­ing it the first zero-emis­sions ve­hi­cle to com­pete in the event, but it pulled out af­ter just three days due to a nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem mal­func­tion. —AFP

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