The world’s biggest electric car rally to leave range anxiety in the dust

The rally was designed to show that electric vehicles are every bit as reliable and convenient as their gas guzzling counterparts

Range anxiety is an all too common worry for prospective electric car buyers and is probably the main issue preventing high levels of electric vehicle uptake.

That’s why 40 electric car owners put their vehicles through their paces on the world’s biggest electric car rally organized by WAVE. The rally was designed to show that electric vehicles are every bit as reliable and convenient as their gas guzzling counterparts. The rally passed through demanding Alpine terrain from deep ravines to steep mountain slopes on a grueling course between Vienna in Austria and Zurich in Switzerland.

The teams from all over the world, including one from ABB Austria and another from ABB Switzerland, drove a total of 1,800 km and climbed to 2,500 meters above sea level. Thanks to a network of AC and fast DC charging stations along the way, the rally was a huge success and not a single vehicle ran out of power throughout the journey, despite the challenging conditions. It was fun, too. 

If you suffer range anxiety consider this: Compact electric charging networks with multiple chargers strategically placed throughout several countries have already been built, providing the infrastructure to alleviate even the most severe cases of range anxiety. Such forward looking countries like the Netherlands, Denmark and Estonia, where no terrain comes close to that experienced by the rally teams in the Alps, may signify an age in which the electric vehicle is dawning. I predict that in a decade the term range anxiety will be a thing of the past.

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Victoria Lietha

I am part of ABB Technology Ventures, ABB’s venture capital unit. I have been with ABB for more than 5 years and I am interested in innovation, technology and sustainable development.
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