Via inhabitat.com, 15/08/2011
Electric vehicle records are being broken all the time these days, which is great news for the advancement of EV technology. But the “Schluckspecht” EV (“heavy drinker” in German) from the University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg just broke a pretty significant one: the world record for total distance traveled on a single charge. As we just learned testing the 2012 Chevy Volt EV, range is still a very real issue for electric cars. Some automakers get around the problem by setting up charging station networks, others add range-extending engines to their electric cars — but the Schluckspecht team used aerodynamics, weight reduction, and balancing to bust through the range anxiety problem. The Schluckspecht EV recently proved it could travel farther than any other electric vehicle in the world on a single charge: 1013.77 miles, to be exact!
The Schluckspecht didn’t exactly set any speed records on this 36-hour, 12-minute run, but the point stands. If an electric vehicle can travel over 1,000 miles on a single charge using pure aerodynamics, weight reduction, and current battery technology, advances in battery tech could bring mainstream cars much closer to this kind of range.
The Schluckspecht blew the previous record of 623.3 miles, held by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club, out of the water. The achievement follows close on the heels of Schluckspecht’s distance record-setting run in the 2010 South African Solar Challenge, in which the car traveled more miles on public roads than any previous EV. We’ll be keeping an eye on the Schluckspecht team to see what they come up with next, as it is sure to break yet another world record.