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    First 100% Eco powered vehicle completes a Dakar Stage

    http://www.albertbosch.info/


    I am a huge Dakar fan and although I mostly follow the bikes I found this to be of note since it pertains to an electric car competing in the 2015 Dakar. Albert Bosch and crew got the first 100% eco vehicle through the first stage of racing.


    If you are unfamiliar with Dakar it is probably the most grueling offroad endurance race in the world. The race has multiple classes covering motorcycles, quad bikes, cars, and heavy trucks.


    From the Albert Bosch page:


    Yesterday was a very emotional day; the AccionaDakar 100% EcoPowered car became the first zero-emissions vehicle in history to complete a stage of the Dakar Rally.


    A huge party with thousands and thousands of people lining the streets of Buenos Aires accompanied the departure of the cars. This energy continued along the route throughout this first stage, including a special stage of 170 kilometres between Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz, which we completed in a time of 2h 27m 30s.


    In total, 833 km were covered in good spirits whilst all the while following our purpose: to demonstrate that it's possible to do things (and take part in rallies) in a more efficient way and with less environmental impact, and to spark a debate about the subject. Yesterday, after the triumph of having completed this stage, we position ourselves on the podium of commitment towards a more sustainable future in the world of motor racing.


    In this Dakar, we are leaders in innovation and last-place contenders for competitiveness. Leaders in innovation because we are doing something which has never been done before (neither conceptually nor technologically); we are icebreakers for a new kind of mobility in the most difficult engine test in the world. Last-place contenders for competitiveness because we are amongst the lowest ranked in qualifying (130th out of 134). We knew that our car still wasn't sufficiently developed to be in a position to play a good role in the competition.


    If we had wanted to be much more competitive and to enjoy the thrill of driving in this test/adventure more, it would have been rather easy. We could have assembled a regular team, prepared a car based on known mechanics and performance, and assured ourselves that it had a level high enough to be able to fight for the position which we aim for in general classification.


    However, we believe in the purpose of our project; we are convinced of that. And tomorrow we'll be back on the road to demonstrate it.
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    Found a few more details about the car on one of the links.

    http://www.accionadakar.es/en/the-project/vehicle/

    CLASS: T1 - “NRJ-ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CHALLENGE”
    ENERGY SYSTEM: RANGE OF 350KM IN RACE CONDITIONS
    BATTERY RECHARGING SYSTEMS USING THE ELECTRICITY NETWORK: DOMESTIC CHARGING PORT (220V), INDUSTRIAL CONNECTION (400V) AND FAST RECHARGING SYSTEM (50KW)
    TOTAL LENGTH: 5.05M / TOTAL WIDTH: 2.18M/ DISTANCE BETWEEN AXLES: 3.16M
    HEIGHT: 1.90M (VARIABLE ACCORDING TO SHOCK ABSORBER COMPRESSION)
    MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 2,550KG (AT MAXIMUM ENERGY CAPACITY)
    AVERAGE WEIGHT: 2,100KG (AT 75% ENERGY CAPACITY)
    MINIMUM WEIGHT: 1,250KG (AT 25% ENERGY CAPACITY)
    CHASSIS: CHROME-MOLY TUBING
    BODYWORK: EXTREMELY STRONG, LIGHT CARBON-FIBRE COMPOSITE
    MOTOR: SYNCHRONOUS ELECTRIC, PRODUCING 220KW (300HP) AT 6,000RPM
    TORQUE: 700 NM
    BATTERIES: 140KW/H LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES IN 4 REMOVABLE PACKS
    SOLAR PANEL: HIGH-PERFORMANCE PANEL PRODUCING 100WH
    MAXIMUM SPEED: 150KM/H, SELF-LIMITED ELECTRONICALLY
    ENERGY CONSUMPTION (KWH): FROM 20 TO 45KWH/ 100KM (ACCORDING TO TYPE OF TERRAIN)
    CO2 EMISSIONS IN RACE: 0 GR.
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    7.1.2015


    On our way to Copiapó


    We have finally left Chilecito behind and we’re now on our way to Copiapó! Yesterday, the #ACCIONADakar got disqualified. Thank you so much for your support!

    8.1.2015


    Message from the Team


    As the navigation system wasn’t working, we weren’t able to follow the route from the third stage, so we couldn’t go through the way points. It’s a real shame because the motor from the ACCIONA 100%EcoPowered worked perfectly well.


    Once again, we would like to thank everyone for all the support shown during the past few days.

    http://www.accionadakar.es/en/message-from-the-team/


    It looks as if the entry was disqualified. That is sad.

    If it was truly a disqualification for missing checkpoints and being unable complete the stage I am very surprised they did not have a backup navigation system. I know in many rally events teams run two stage timers, two roll charts, and/or two GPS systems. I do not know the scrutineering rules of this event well enough to know if they are allowed multiple systems though.
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