Tesla Roadster Sets a New World Record on a Single Charge

By on October 29th, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009 10:17

tesla-roadster_1_rUnR1_69Driving a 2008 Tesla Roadster, the owner Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas has set a new world record for a production electric vehicle by driving 313 miles (501 km) on a single charge.

“Emilis and I have decades of experience flying gliders competitively and we applied the same energy conservation techniques to our driving, with significant results! The car had about 3 miles of range left when the drive was completed. We travelled 501km on a single charge. Let that sink in for a minute.” said Simon Hackett about his technique.

To squeeze out the most from the car’s onboard batteries, average speed was kept around 35 mph/55 kph. Above that speed the air resistance starts to take its toll on the batteries, reducing total range. According to Simon Hackett the Tesla‘s 53 kWh lithium-ion battery was rated at 244 miles but the car drove for 313 miles, having enough juice for another three miles.

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The driver explain about the security seal, like in the picture above: “The security seal was applied to the charge port door when we started the journey. As this is being done as part of the Global Green Challenge, we have a full set of official verifiers here who will attest to the results and to achieving the outcome. We were followed along the journey by our support crew and a documentary film crew – so we have it on film.”

[Source: Treehugger/TeslaMotors]

        

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