Acciona's zero-emission EV to compete in UAE desert rally
The ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered car will take part in this year’s Emirates Desert Championship extreme rally in Dubai from the 15th to the 17th November
ACCIONA, a leading company in sustainable infrastructure solutions and renewable energy projects around the world, will once again take part in an extreme rally competition with its zero-emission electric vehicle, to showcase the potential of clean energy compared to fossil in extreme tournament conditions.
This time, the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered will be taking part in the sixth edition of the Emirates Desert Championship, which will be held in Dubai between the 15th and 17th of November. ACCIONA's vehicle will be the first electric model to compete in this extreme rally, for which the organization has created a new category.
The race will cover 411Km and will be divided into two stages. Practically the entire track will run through the Liwa desert, where the track crossing the sand dunes illustrates the tournament’s uniquely extreme and tough conditions.
The ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered made history in 2017 by becoming the first vehicle supplied with only electricity from renewable sources to complete the Dakar Rally, the most emblematic race in the world.
Since then, it has gone on to take part in other FIA World Championship events, such as the Italian Baja or the Morocco Rally, and other regional competitions including the Tatts Finke Desert Race (Australia).
Now, the vehicle is taking on a new challenge in Asian territory, where it will make history yet again for becoming the only 100% electric vehicle to participate in homologated rally events across five continents.
Ariel Jaton, driver and developer that crossed the finish line in the 2017 Dakar, will get back behind the wheel of the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered for the occasion. Edu Blanco, co-driver and team manager, completes the team that will steer the electric car throughout the Emirates Desert Championship.
This new challenge proves ACCIONA’s continuous efforts to promote sustainability through putting clean energy to the test and raising awareness of the need to mitigate climate change.
ACCIONA's 100% Ecopowered car will also tour some of the company's most emblematic projects in UAE, such as the Dubai 2020 Expo Metro and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Both workers and visitors will be able to learn firsthand about the vehicle's technology and to fully appreciate the green bet it embodies in the motor industry. ACCIONA's electric car will also be presented at various universities and schools in order to bring its sustainable concept closer to new generations.