Electric vehicles at the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles with AR-Auto

In 1990, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc revolutionized the world of motor sports with the creation of a rally without speed, where the objective is to drive the shortest possible distance. Since that time, the Rallye has continued to work on reducing its environmental impact. These efforts have earned it ISO 14001:2004 certification and the Climate Initiative Award at COP22.

For its 27th edition, the Rallye is taking its environmental approach a step further with the creation of a new competition class: E-Gazelle, reserved for teams driving an electric vehicle. To test the concept, the Rallye has teamed up with AR Autosolutions-VE.com, who is providing a TESLA X and a Citröen E.MEHARI. The two electric vehicles will drive this year's course as "unranked" teams, in order to test their performance and capabilities under the extreme conditions of the Moroccan desert. This life-sized test run will enable us to better understand what is needed in terms of power, engine torque, energy management and recovery, cooling systems and battery technology. We will be able to draw up specifications for adapting electric vehicles to the requirements of the Rallye, allowing them to take part in the competition.

To celebrate the launch of the new E-class, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco will give the start for the very first electric vehicles in front of the Prince's Palace in Monaco on Saturday March 18 at 10:45 a.m.

Dominique SERRA, Director General of Maïenga: "The creation of an electric vehicle class, E-Gazelles, in 2017 is in line with our eco-friendly vision. Reducing our rally's impact on the environment and sustainable development have been at the heart of our actions for many years. Our event is the only rally in the world to be certified ISO 14001, the standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). We are in contact with different 100% electric rally-raid prototype projects, and the 2017 edition of the Gazelles will allow us to collect a large amount of data to prepare this ambitious project. Being open to new technologies is all the more crucial now that Morocco, our host country, which honoured us with its Tourism and Climate Initiative Award in 2016, has committed to transitioning to a green economy by 2030".