347.2 Miles! Tesla Takes New Production Car Distance Record

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Skylar and Teagen from Team VIN 1000

Skylar and Teagen from Team VIN 1000

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Many of us will have broken in the New Year celebrating with friends, sinking a few drinks, watching a firework display and generally being merry.

For some though, the celebrations will have come later that day. Between the afternoon of December 31, 2010 and the end of January 1, 2011, Team VIN 1000 with drivers Cassey and Teagen and a supporting crew managed to cover 347.2 GPS-recorded miles on one charge in a Tesla Roadster. In the process, they've taken a new production electric car distance record.

The last production car record was also set by a team in a Tesla - Simon Hackett and Emilis Prelgauskas managed 313 miles back in October 2009 in a record-breaking run through Australia. Although the electric car distance record has fallen a couple of times since the Australian run, the Tesla Roadster records are the only official production car runs, with the 375-mile Audi A2 and 623-mile Daihatsu Mira both being purpose-built specials.

Of course, 347 miles isn't really representative of what owners can expect to achieve on their daily commute. As with previous distance records, average speeds were relatively low (the GPS logs on their website point to average speeds below 25mph) and the new record was achieved on a closed course on sleepy back-roads in the Imperial Valley of California.

Team VIN 1000 Electric Car Distance Record

Team VIN 1000 Electric Car Distance Record

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Nevertheless, it's still an impressive achievement, and of course lower speeds are still relevant to inner-city driving. If you're unlucky enough own a Tesla Roadster and never have the space to exploit the amazing performance, you will at least achieve some impressive mileage figures! The official range of the Tesla Roadster is 244 miles.

And the team name? VIN 1000 is equally as self-explanatory as you'd hope it is - the car is the thousandth made by Tesla Motors, and we have to say it looks resplendant in its pearl white color scheme.

Tesla's Roadster certainly seems to be the production car to beat as far as distance records go, and we look forward to seeing who will be next to step up to the breach. It'll certainly be reason to celebrate.

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Comments (9)
  1. Good ploy to keep Tesla in the news, but what Tesla needs is a racing team, with latest Model S style batteries, wider tires, improved re-gen etc.

  2. Who says sexy sports cars can't be efficient? Congratulations to those who set the record. Tesla's first attempt at building a production EV has certainly set the bar high, it may be a while before we see anyone else beat the Tesla Roadster, high performance driving is not something you find in a car combined with a long range while producing zero emissions.

  3. I live in a apartment building with over 300 units. No mater what brand of electric car I have where will I PLUG it in. What do I do when I move?

  4. Average speed below 25 mph...how is that impressive?

  5. Thats still good news to all the EV drivers ears.. I would love to have that much range on my 50lbs hybrid solar ebike THEKPV

  6. @ bert - As I mentioned in the article, 25mph might seem unrealistic at face value but it's much more representative of inner-city driving, where average speeds will often be even lower.

  7. Yea, but it's stop and go that kills your mileage. I can go twice as far @40 mph constant than I can go at 20 mph stop and go. (In my Ford Ranger EV).

  8. hahaha nice ...

  9. congrats! more milestones to reach. I would love to see an electric car, that costs less than $25k and gets 100 miles/charge. Like the ev1 maybe.

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