Electric-Car Distance Record: 1,172 Miles In 24 Hours (With Battery Switching)

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What can be done to dispel the assertion that the relatively short range of electric cars isn't suitable for most drivers?

Well, you can either drive around in one yourself, displaying a lack of problems as you drive between work and back each day like millions of other drivers, and encourage others to try the same.

Or, you can take an electric car and embark upon a huge journey, set a record, and then promote it.

At 1,172 miles in 24 hours of driving, an electric Holden Commodore developed by EV Engineering has now set an unofficial record for an EV driven in 24 hours.

The Commodore, a popular sedan from GM's Australian arm Holden, traded its usual V-6 or V-8 for an electric motor and battery pack. That pack was removable, allowing the team to complete a 75.8-mile loop of roads before returning to base for a scaled-down version of the Better Place-style battery swap.

The team reports that it still had between 20-25 percent charge left at the end of each loop, suggesting a range of more than 93 miles.

“It’s a great feeling to see the electric car our team designed and developed here in Australia has beaten a world distance record. While our achievement is not an official record, it’s a sound validation of our car’s capabilities,” said CEO of EV Engineering, Ian McCleave.

The team says that the record could only be achieved through battery swapping. Australia is the third market, following Israel and Denmark, where the Better Place battery-switch system is being rolled out.


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Comments (10)
  1. Pointless...

    With battery switching, there are no limit on range as long as their are fully charged batteries ready.

  2. I agree a true record for an electric car should be the distance traveled on a single charge.

  3. Yeah, this would be interesting if a dense network of battery changing stations were the future, but that's unlikely, especially for a vast continent like Australia.

    The EV distance record I'm interested in involves the lithium titanate battery powered Honda fit EV, a 100KW fastcharger that could recharge it in 15 minutes and a 70 mile track. I think over 1300 miles in 24 hours should be doable with the standard 20KWH battery.

    Of course Honda wouldn't be interested in that sort publicity. They are offering this car with the most disruptive battery tech in terms of recharge capability with no a fast charge option at all as a mere compliance car.

  4. Can you test drive a Fit EV yet? My local Honda dealers don't have them in stock.

    I would love to "sample" the Fit EV's range and performance.

  5. The real problem with this record is it used no new innovations or new battery tech. They just cheated by pulling out and replacing the battery every time it ran low. Sure I guess they got the record but they made no real difference in the EV world. When a new record is set it should be done with new advancements and really rase the bar, not by methods to just capture the record. Boo!

  6. But they are using the Better Place Battery Switch/Swap mechanism. That EV Commodore supports battery swapping, unlike the i-MiEV or Leaf. We had someone from Better Place visit Canberra EV and had a bit of chat to us about it. More -> http://electriccarconversionblog.com/better-place-visited-canberra-ev

  7. Yes but Better Place swapping isn't a new technology it's just battery removal and replacement. It doesn't advance the electric car it just makes due with what is currently available.

  8. Well it is a record of sorts...

    It would be a boring book if the Guinness book of records only kept track of one type of event...

  9. Can't understand the purpose of this test. Anybody tests the range of any car with an internal combustion engine refilling fuel all the way?

  10. Yes, they do. Over 24 hours at least, like this test. There are several automotive records for distance traveled and average speeds attained in a 24-hour period.

    I'm sure with unlimited time you could drive until the oil ran out, but the point of tests like this - whether done with electricity or fossil fuels - is to see how far they can go in a pre-determined time period.

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