Driving safely and economically
The Drivers Challenge took place on Thursday, 13 June at the ANWB Test and Training Centre in Lelystad. A total of twelve teams competed against each other, composed of the best drivers of all participating organisations. The teams were judged in two areas: driving safely and driving economically.
At the end of a preset route on public roads, the energy consumption and the amount of time the drivers needed to complete the course were measured. The difference in energy consumption between the best and worst performing driver was no less than 50.8%. During the competition, the drivers were assessed on performance and various manoeuvres, including a slalom, speed estimation, “driving the line” and reverse parking.
Fun and competitive
The atmosphere during the entire day was very competitive, but fair. Moreover, the drivers became familiar in a fun but challenging way with the opportunities that electric vehicles currently offer. Ron Teunissen and Tom Hendrix from the ANWB team ultimately won the much-coveted cup.
In addition, the participating parties, together with applied scientific research organisation TNO, examined the effects of the behaviour of a driver on the range. This research offers guidance to drivers and businesses in terms of efficient driving.
In organising the Drivers Challenge, ANWB, BAM, Eneco, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, PostNL, Rijkswaterstaat and Siemens wish to demonstrate their social responsibility; particularly beyond the borders of the sectors. Partnerships of science, government and the private sector have a good chance of success owing to the well-balanced interests. The organisations underline their confidence in electric vehicles and wish to encourage this mode of transport through the organisation of the electric Drivers Challenge.
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