Rebelle Rally: All-female event puts focus on alternative and renewable power

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In an all-female event, the Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road rally in America, with a range of drivetrains competing head-to-head.


In the event’s sixth running, the 2021 Rebelle Rally showcases more electrified vehicle entries than ever before. 

Covering 2500 kilometres, 104 women are currently taking part in the longest competitive off-road rally in the US, having left their mobile phones and GPS units behind.

The only tools at their disposal to reach checkpoints include a racebook, analogue calculator, map, compass, ‘clues’ and navigation skills. 



Unlike traditional rallies, competing vehicles are completely standard and road-ready, rather than modified race cars. 

Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and pure combustion-engined vehicles make up the field. Depending on their capabilities, the entries are split into two categories: the X-Cross category for all-wheel-drive SUVs (including road-focused ‘crossovers’), and the 4×4 category for hardcore off-roaders with two-speed transfer cases and low-range capabilities. 

Jeep make up 18 of this year’s entries, with Wranglers again leading the charge (no pun intended), while Toyota has entered 13 vehicles, two of which are piloted by manufacturer teams of Toyota engineers.

Engineers and car makers see this rally as an opportunity to assess the durability and capabilities of their vehicles first-hand. “It’s important for electric vehicles and all manufacturers who are interested in testing their vehicles in the crucible of competition.” said Rebelle Rally founder, Emily Miller. 



What’s more, the rally works in accordance with Renewable Innovations to fast-charge vehicles with renewable hydrogen power in extremely remote locations. 

Electric vehicles are able to return to base camp for 45 minutes of charging, while the PHEV teams are provided an extra few litres of fuel given their smaller fuel tank size.

The rally is currently in full swing with the seventh and final stage taking place on 15 October in the Imperial Sand Dunes complex in Glamis, California.

Emma has been on our television screens for over a decade. Most of her time in the industry has been spent at racetracks reporting at major motorsport events in Australia – from TCR and Superbikes to Porsche Sprint Challenge and Supercars. Emma has also hosted various MotoGP and F1 events interviewing the likes of Daniel Ricciardo and Jack Miller. Having previously presented on an automotive show, she made her move to the Drive family in 2020. Fiercely proud of her Italian heritage, Emma is a coffee loving, stylish-black wearing resident of Melbourne.

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