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First all-electric car ever to complete the Dakar rally

Acciona's car wasn't so successful in the first two attempts when it failed to finish the race, but the third time proved to be the charm.

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Lana Jelic
Published Wed, Jan 18 2017 8:34 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

An all-electric car has completed one of the most difficult rallies in the world for the first time ever. The Dakar Rally is considered to be one of the most demanding races in and Acciona's car managed to complete it in its third attempt.

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This is a huge success for Acciona and electric cars in general cause it proves that the electric cars are just as capable as gas-driven vehicles in grueling environments.

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Acciona's car wasn't so successful in the first two attempts when it failed to finish the race, but the third time proved to be the charm. The car managed to drive nearly 9000 km (5,600 miles) across Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay and it became "the first of 18,000 vehicles in the history of the Dakar Rally to complete the event without consuming a drop of fuel or emitting a single molecule of CO2."

According to Electrek, Ariel Jatón, the pilot of the Acciona 100% Ecopowered, said after completing the race yesterday:

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. It was the most grueling race in South America, so we are thrilled to have reached the finish line, particularly in an electric car.

NEWS SOURCES:electrek.co, acciona.com

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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