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Tesla sets distance record for electric car on a single charge

Posted by: Adam Aston on October 30, 2009


As part of the 2009 Global Green Challenge, a driving duo has set a new distance record by going 311 miles on a single charge in a Tesla battery-powered car. That’s nearly 30% farther than the vehicle’s official specs.

Drivers Simon Hackett and Emilis Prelgauskas aren’t your everyday drivers. They set the record in Australia as part of the Eco Challenge, an 1,860-mile green car contest that includes vehicles powered by a variety of green fuels, from commercial diesel and hybrid cars to exotic solar-powered buggies built specifically for the race. Hackett and Prelgauskas told PC Authority that they kept the car at a constant, fairly low speed, averaging around 34 mph, to squeeze the most distance from the car’s 6,800 lithium battery cells.

Last week, I caught up with Martin Eberhard, co-founder and former CEO of Tesla Motors. At a manufacturing conference sponsored by Siemens in Minneapolis, Minn., Eberhard talked about the challenges of bringing Tesla from concept to showroom. Check out our chat below:

Siemens Thought Leadership from mabel lau on Vimeo.

Reader Comments

david wayne osedach

October 30, 2009 8:37 PM

311 miles? That will get me from home in San Diego to Las Vegas! I want one!


November 1, 2009 8:17 AM

Adam Aston

November 2, 2009 5:36 PM

Thanks Kelly, Wow. At 375, we're officially at ranges similar to a full tank of gas in a conventional car. And that record was set 11 years ago. What became of Solectria? Adam


November 2, 2009 8:34 PM


It's said that the Solectria ran on NiMH batteries, which depended on the honesty and integrity of the patent owning firms GM and then Chevron, thus what became of Solectria.

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