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A Japanese team has broken the world record for the longest distance travelled in an electric vehicle on a single charge.

The Japan Times reports the four-driver team, featuring 1997 Dakar Rally winner Kenjiro Shinozuka, covered 1300km around a 25km course in Ogata, Akita Prefecture.

The record-breaking vehicle was a specially prepared Suzuki Every minivan, equipped with a lithium-ion battery.

The epic feat, which took approximately 43 hours to complete at an average speed of 30km/h, smashed the old record of 1003.2km set by a fellow Japanese team in 2010.

The successful team plans to file an application for the record to be made official by Guinness World Records.

Most production EVs claim a single-charge range of between 100-200km in real-world conditions, with travelling distance affected by stop-start traffic, high-speed highway driving, and changeable weather.

The Tesla Model S equipped with an 85kWh lithium-ion battery is capable of driving approximately 480km at a steady 90km/h, or in excess of 650km at a constant speed of 40km/h. The Tesla launches in Australia in mid 2014.

Image courtesy of The Japan Times.


  • Phil

    The record for cycling 1000km on a road course is 31 hours. By one person. Puts a van full of batteries into perspective, doesn’t it?

    • Smart US

      probably they left just a little space to fit in driver and the rest was a battery pack

    • ixlplix

      Yes it does!

    • Sydlocal

      I thought you would have said something along the lines of “being a Suzuki I was amazed it even made it 1300km without breaking down because Suzukis are so unreliable”. ;-)

      • Phil

        I would never say anything of the sort. It’s not creative enough ;-)

    • Norm

      I wonder what was powering the support vehicle? ..:)

  • Gus

    if they can actually achieve 1300km under normal operating conditions (carrying payload/passengers, aircon on, travelling at posted speed limits) then range anxiety becomes moot, you will never hit 1300km before you need to stop for sleep, in which case the car will be fully charge by the time you wake up. if everyone chucks some solar panels on the household roof, its spells the begining of the end of relying on middle eastern oil