DAKAR WITH AN ELECTRIC CAR
From 04 January to 17 January 2015
13 January 2015
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OUR DAKAR 3.0

With our 100% electric-powered car project we have driven a "Dakar 3.0", or a Dakar to the power of three, or three Dakar rallies in one.

We have faced three challenges at once:

1)    THE CHALLENGE OF THE DAKAR: All participants in this rally suffer the same extreme toughness, which is why it has rightly earned the name of "The toughest motor test in the world.".  This edition is no exception, which soon became apparent in the second stage, where more than a third of the cars abandoned the Dakar.  We were also affected by this stage, although we managed to cross the finishing line.  We even managed to start the third stage, but this is where we permanently abandoned the rally (despite the fact that we were penalised and later disqualified in the second stage for having skipped various checkpoints).

2)    THE TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGE: Facing this test without using a single drop of fuel in the car.  Pushing the limits of innovation by introducing electrical engine technology and power systems previously untested under such demanding circumstances.  In this section, I have to say that we passed this challenge with flying colours; not only did we manage to complete various stages of the Dakar for the first time in history, but the car also performed really well and demonstrated that it is perfectly able and sufficiently competitive to compete in the Dakar.  Whilst it is true that the car was penalised due to the excessive weight of the batteries, and that there are many areas which need to be improved upon, we are tremendously satisfied both with its overall performance and with its demonstration that it has the potential to pass this type of test.  In addition, the reason for withdrawing from the Dakar had nothing to do with this innovative technology, and was solely due to mechanical problems incurred as a result of pushing the car too far in some of the incidents typical of such a demanding rally.

3)    THE LOGISTIC CHALLENGE: Taking part in the Dakar with an electric-powered car requires extremely effective logistics, especially with regards to having recharging stations (specially-adapted assistance trucks) prepared to change or charge the car's batteries, located at the motorbike refuelling points (at every 250 km), which is especially challenging considering that the batteries only have an autonomy of 300-330 km.  This is one of the major problems we encountered; the Dakar proceeds at an incredible pace, and it is very difficult to follow the rhythm of the rally whilst adequately organising the logistics at the established points.  This is the part where we suffered most, and which weakened us the most during this project.  It is undoubtedly one of the major factors which needs to be worked on for future projects concerning electric-powered vehicles.

If the Dakar is the toughest motor rally in the world, imagine how crazy we must be to multiply this difficulty by the power of three, and then further add the challenge of using electric power.

And now, still in Iquique (Chile), with the wounds of withdrawal still raw, the press and other drivers have already asked me when I'll be returning to the Dakar.  My reply is that I don't know if I'll come back; but what I know is that if I come back, it won't be with a combustion engine.

Maybe I'm being stubborn, maybe I'm being naïve, or maybe I'm really being crazy, but when I talk about commitment to clean energies and a more sustainable future, I don't do so for marketing reasons ... I do so because I believe in it, and I want my feelings and motives to be consistent and sincere.

Maybe it's also a 3.0 way of life, trying to bring thoughts closer to deeds, deeds closer to goals, and then finally bringing these goals closer to dreams and values.

Comments
ronrogers
02 March 2017
05:15 H
nims Albert i equip, els valors són molt importants i més que ho seran en el futur si volem viure tots plegats.
Wilda MOrales
15 January 2015
07:17 H
Aun así su participación vale y es honesto en sus comentarios buen perfil de persona, ojalá vuelva al año. Felicitaciones por su participación y gracias ....
carlos raul cometto
14 January 2015
04:24 H
felicitaciones,gracias por cuidar el planeta,desde san justo santa fe argentina.
Joan Cubi
13 January 2015
23:08 H
Si Albert , segur que aquest Dakar (3.0) ,pot ben ser un punt de partida x la convivència entre vehicles de combustió , híbrids i 100% elèctrics.

Segur que a la propera edició del Dakar hi veurem mes d'un equip amb cotxe elèctric i espero que tu també hi siguis.

Del que pots estar segur es que has set pioner i has obert la porta a una nova etapa. Temps al temps i veurem els Tesla, BMW, Toyota ... competint a curses com el Dakar i/o altres competicions amb els seus vehicles elèctrics.

Has encetat una nova etapa !!

Enhorabona!!
Francesc Comellas
13 January 2015
22:44 H
Si senyor, no es pot definir millor, ara a pair el tema i a per un altre, endavant les "hachas",
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