The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

IF there were doubts about the en­durance ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Span­ish ACCIONA 100% EcoPow­ered rally car is mak­ing its way around the world tough­ing out some of the most chal­leng­ing desert races.

In 2017, it be­came the first elec­tric car to com­plete the Dakar Rally, and in the past few weeks has com­pleted the Finke Desert Race near Alice Springs.

The elec­tric car, has a 250kW syn­chro­nous elec­tric mo­tor equiv­a­lent to 340 horse­power, and is driven by eight fast-charg­ing lithium bat­tery mod­ules plus a 100W so­lar panel.

It was able to com­plete 226km non-stop run on day 2 of the race.

The car was driven by two fe­male mo­tor­sports ex­perts: 10-time Dakar racer An­drea Peter­hansel and Emma Clair, Baja’s TT world cham­pion in quad. The pair part­nered for the 2017 Baja Italia Rally.

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