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The first electric car to cross the Sahara is from Croatia

By  Jan 27, 2018

The Croatian Team Tesla is participating in an adventure of a lifetime – the Budapest-Bamako Rally, the largest amateur rally in the world.

After they set off on their pioneering adventure on the 12th of January 2018, Saša Cvetojević, an entrepreneur, investor and electric cars fan, Oleg Maštruko, an author, travel writer, photographer and editor of IT media Bug and Mreža as well as Tomas Konvička from the Czech Republic, are continuing toward the finishing line attracting attention with their incredible venture – driving an electric car across the Sahara.

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The Team overcame numerous obstacles and problems on the road and successfully crossed the world’s largest desert and entered Senegal.

‘’As far as we know, no one has ever crossed the Sahara driving a completely electric car. We do not claim that our data is correct, but we also applied this project for the Guinness Book of Records, so we are waiting for the results. We have photos, GPS tracks and signatures of witnesses’’, commented Saša Cvetojević.

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Driving the Tesla Model X electric car, the first electric car that participates in any African rally, this adventurous trio is continuing the journey through Senegal and Gambia to the Gambian capital of Banjul where they are expected to finish the journey on the 28th of January.

The Budapest-Bamako or Great African Run is a low-budget version of the Dakar Rally, and goes from Budapest, Hungary to Bamako, Mali through the Sahara. It passes through Hungary, Austria or Slovenia, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Mali. The Budapest-Bamako was inspired by the Paris-Dakar Rally. There are few entry restrictions: as long as a vehicle is street legal, it can join the event. The event also raises money and supplies for local communities and charities in Mali.

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