The Dakar Rally 2016 begins, and today the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered is present for the second time on the Tecnópolis podium (Buenos Aires) which will lead to the prologue phase of Rosario.
For another year ACCIONA, a multinational Spanish company of infrastructures, water, services, and renewable energies, has presented the first and only 100% EcoPowered vehicle to participate in the Dakar Rally and to have finished a race that counts towards the FIA calendar.
This challenge takes on a new dimension during a year in which sustainability has a special relevance thanks to the signing by the 195 countries present at the COP21 (Climate Change Conference) in Paris of a historic agreement to commit to the reduction of emissions and to fight against climate change.
The construction of the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered has been a continuous research and development project carried out by ACCIONA’s I+D+i department.
For this new challenge, improvements have been made from the previous version, having reduced the weight by 40% and incorporated more powerful 8-battery packs, in addition to a sequential gearshift and 4x4 traction.
At the wheel will be driver Ariel Jatón, who has collaborated from the start in the development and construction of the vehicle, and who has had a long career in the world of racing competitions, among those in the Dakar Rally. With him, Gastón Scazzuso who, to his role as navigator, adds his experience as an electronic engineer applied in the world of motor racing.