With its all-female crew, the Rallye des Gazelles happened gradually a place in motor racing. A rally widely covered by the mainstream media and, in this 27th edition, hosted its first electric car . E-Citroen Mehari, modernized and “zero emission” from the famous beach car, equipped with a Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) with a capacity 30 kWh – provided by the manufacturer Bolloré – and offering average range 150 km . An autonomy strained during the competition and which prompted the organizers to register the vehicle out of order with stages reduced to 120 km per day.
Sponsored by the AR Auto automobile dealer specializing in electric vehicles since 2013, the Franco-Moroccan crew of Pilar Cabellos and Nehza Lahrissi had to deal with a low floor related to the presence of the battery packs . A characteristic which, in addition to a limited autonomy, prevented the duet despite experienced to cross the dunes of the Moroccan desert. Difficulties narrated by our colleagues Site Al Huffington Post who went to meet them at the last step. Despite these difficulties, the organizers have confirmed that the edition 2018 will have an E-class gathering Gazelles several electric vehicles that will compete on a dedicated circuit.