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The concept

In April 2018, The Green Expedition was the first and longest eco rally raid in the world. Its ambition was to test the three main types of electric vehicle: cars - motorcycles - bicycles. Champions, top-level athletes and personalities took part in each category. This 20-day long, 5,000-kilometre race aimed to show that even clean vehicles could perform in a long distance rally raid on the other side of the world through wild and rugged landscapes.

In February 2019, The Green Expedition set a new challenge with a rally raid of nearly 5,000 km from Futuroscope to Paris then Paris to the North Cape. Extreme cold and below freezing temperatures (up to -28°C) put batteries and competitors to the test. But all the cars and motorcycles taking part crossed the finished line within the time limit after a two-week long rally raid.

In March 2021, The Green Expedition is innovating once again by recreating the iconic itinerary of the Aéropostale route which linked Toulouse to Cape Juby, via Spain and Morocco. The race will finish next to the fort where Saint-Exupéry, who was named airfield manager of the Cape Juby outpost in 1927, wrote the first lines of his book The Little Prince.

 

It remains a challenge to involve market players in the electric sector, but we sincerely believe that The Green Expedition prefigures what tomorrow’s motorized raids will be like. In 2018, we only had 6 vehicles on board, but this first edition was the playground for the 3 main electric mobilities and it received the support of 2 States.

declares Bruno Ricordeau, CEO of Atypik Travel Organisation

NEW FOR THE 2021 EDITION

  • • The iconic itinerary of Aéropostale !
  • • A prologue between Futuroscope (Poitiers) and the city of Toulouse.
  • • A real competition open to both cars and motorcycles. The choice of itinerary, particularly in Spain, will be one of the key elements for a successful race. Participants need to perfect their charging strategy and their choice of charging stations to be in with a chance of finishing first in Cape Juby.
  • • As a nod to the original vocation of Aéropostale, letters written by French school children will be transported aboard the electric vehicles and delivered to Moroccan schools between Tangiers and Cape Juby (Tarfaya). The aim is to promote cultural exchange and to reflect on important issues such as sustainable development and global warming.

THE CHALLENGES

  • • Technical : participants will have to optimise their race strategy. The ingenuity of the driving or riding and the choice of route and charging points will be determining factors as the power capacity of the vehicles are put to the test in the various conditions along the 3,000 km race route (wind, differences in temperature, uneven terrain etc.). Only exemplary eco-driving will lengthen the vehicle’s range during each stage.
  • • Ecological : Participants will complete the race using zero emission vehicles. The use of petrol or diesel generators is not allowed. If needed, participants can use small charging bays (battery powered).
  • • Sport : to successfully complete the 3,000 km route and reach the dunes of the Sahara in only eight or so days, participants will need to be in good physical condition, to have prepared properly, to show endurance and be able to push their limits.
  • • Solidarity : the eco-conscious drivers and riders will meet children to talk about issues that affect the environment and the planet. TGE is committed to providing educational materials (see page 8 for more details).