C’mon electric car naysayers! What if we told you that it was possible to drive over 600 miles on a single charge? That’s right. No limited range. No stopping to fuel up. Quite simply, you could drive most of the length of California without ever stopping.
That’s just what the Japan Electric Vehicle Club did last month!
The group logged 1,003.184 kilometers (approximately 623 miles) in an electric car, without ever needing to stop and plug in. It ran more than 27.5 hours continually – 17 drivers took turns at the wheel!
The feat not only broke the group’s electric car mileage record, but it has asked the Guinness World Records to certify its feat as a new milestone.
The car breaking the mileage record for electric vehicle travel on a single charge was a modified Daihatsu Mira. The EV ran on a Sanyo lithium ion power system with more than 8,200 batteries.
Prior to the May 22-23 record-breaking trip, the group previously set the world record by traveling more than 345 miles from Tokyo to Osaka last year on a single charge. This year’s EV mileage record was achieved by driving 1,456 times around a 689-meter track (making me dizzy just thinking about that!)
Even though the highest speed traveled was less than 29 mph, the feat is still definitely newsworthy as researchers and scientists continue to work on developing high mileage, high efficiency electric vehicles. Using 623 miles as a significant starting point, we can now work on increasing speed without losing too much in the mileage department.