OPTIMA Batteries Completes All-Electric Off-Road Rally

OPTIMA Batteries completed its first-ever electrified off-road vehicle event during the King of the Hammers race week, the company announced.

The event was a poker-run style rally, where participants explored Johnson Valley, California in their own electric vehicles. The tour was designed as an entry-level off-road adventure and did not require any vehicle modifications, though all-wheel drive vehicles were a requirement for the 20-mile trail drive, the company said, and was professionally guided by drivers Tanner Foust, Christopher Polvoorde and Michael Weiss.

“Bringing like-minded individuals together and helping the electrified community navigate the off-road world was our goal for this event, and that’s what being an enthusiast is all about,” said OPTIMA Batteries Director of Marketing Cam Douglass. “We can’t thank all of our partners and participants enough for taking this important first step with us. We’re excited to see how the EV off-road community develops over the coming years.”

OPTIMA Batteries and its parent company Clarios also partnered with Autel Energy, which provided two DC Level III Fast Chargers, and Wallbox, which supplied eight Level II Chargers for all EVs and HEVs in need of charging throughout the entire week at King of the Hammers, the company said.

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