You don’t have to be a diehard motorsports fan to have heard of the Dakar Rally, the epic endurance race across some of the planet’s harshest terrain. This year’s event covered more than 5,600 miles of South America, and for the first time ever a 100% electric rally car crossed the finish line in one piece, completing the grueling challenge on its second attempt.
Built by Spanish renewable energy company Acciona, the electric rally car produces about 340 horsepower and can drive all-out for about 200 kilometers. It then takes just 60 minutes to recharge its 6 lithium-ion battery packs totaling 150 kWh of energy, trumping even the mighty Tesla Superchargers for recharge time.
These impressive numbers took five years to develop, however, including last year’s failed attempt to complete the epic rally race. After 111 hours of racing however, the Acciona electric rally car crossed the finish line in Buenos Aires, forever solidifying its place in racing history as the first EV to complete the Dakar Rally.
Here’s hoping it’s just the first of many.