Electric vehicles have ambition: a new rally-raid will be born in 2018 in Argentina, with the sporting and technological challenge of traveling 5000 km along the Andes mountain range by car, motorcycle and bicycle!
"This is a first, it will be the biggest electric raid in the world. We do not focus on speed, but on endurance, it is a technological, sporting and ecological challenge. endurance vehicles, people, "said the organizer of the event, Bruno Ricordeau.
The Green Expedition will lead competitors from the southern tip of the American continent from Patagonia to the highlands of the province of Salta in northern Argentina, bordering Bolivia from April 9 to April 28 2018.
"It's the spirit of the Dakar without the notion of speed: you can not ride hard on an electric bike, otherwise after 200 km, it has no juice," says Bastien Hieyte, competitor in the motorcycle category .
This 31-year-old competitor from Jura has four French trials championship titles, the latest on an electric motorcycle, against gasoline motorcycles. The key to this kind of competition, he says, is to drive intelligently to preserve the battery.
Currently, he says, motorcycles have about 400 km of autonomy but "with the new technologies that arrive, we will have a 1000 km of autonomy".
In Argentina, he will drive a motorcycle of the Belgian brand EVE Dynamics, "customized to increase the range", powered by a 10-kilowatt engine, the equivalent of a 450cc engine. If the experience is conclusive, he plans to start the Dakar-2019.
Eric Loizeau, navigator and mountaineer, will be driving a Tesla car.
For its innovative energy qualities, the competition is supported by the French and Argentine Ministries of the Environment.
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You too can discover this new art of living, for a Zen navigation, elegant and respectful of the environment.