The 80edays 2016, also known as the ELDURO, is an endurance race around the world with only all-electric vehicles – mainly Tesla Roadsters and Model S sedans. 14 international teams will rally across 25,000 km, 20 countries, and 3 continents to finish in Barcelona in 80 days or less.
Along the way, the teams will attend “over 40 events are organized to raise awareness about EV technology.”
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The race started this weekend in Barcelona and all the teams reached Lisbon in Portugal. They will fly the vehicles over the Atlantic ocean and continue the race in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The organisation describes the goal of the race:
“The will share their EV experiences and send a strong message to the industry that sustainable technology is the future. Passing through preset presentation points (checkpoints), they will plant trees in a bid to offset the greenhouse impact from the event.”
They will also collect interesting data on how the vehicles perform in different road and weather conditions considering they will literally travel around the world – see the route above.
Almost all the teams are using either a Tesla Roadster or a Tesla Model S, but one team from Hungary is actually racing in an all-electric bus.
The vehicle is equipped with a 141 kWh battery pack and can travel up to 350 km on a single charge.