German Students Set New Guinness World Record for Longest Distance Driven on a Single Battery Charge

German students from the Technical University of Munich have achieved the incredible feat of setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance driven on a single battery charge. Their electric car, called “muc022,” covered nearly 1,600 miles on just 15.5 kilowatt hours of energy. This achievement surpasses the previous record of 999 miles set by IT Asset Partners in 2017.

To put this accomplishment into perspective, the longest-range production car currently available is the 2023 Lucid Air, with an EPA-estimated range of 516 miles from a 118 kilowatt-hour battery. The muc022’s record-breaking journey took a total of 99 hours, with the vehicle driving at a maximum speed of 26 mph. This leisurely pace was necessary to conserve energy and ensure maximum efficiency.

The muc022’s design focused on minimizing weight and air resistance, achieving a drag coefficient of only 0.159. This aerodynamic design allows the car to cut through the air with minimal resistance, maximizing energy efficiency. With a curb weight of just 375 pounds, it is apparent that the vehicle was stripped of any unnecessary luxuries to further reduce weight and increase range.

While this achievement showcases the impressive capabilities of electric vehicles, it is important to note that the muc022’s purpose was not for comfort or entertainment. Instead, it demonstrated the potential for high efficiency in electric cars and highlighted the importance of energy conservation.

With advancements in battery technology and further developments in aerodynamics, it is likely that electric vehicles will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of range and efficiency. This record-breaking achievement by the German students serves as a testament to the ingenuity and innovation of young minds in the field of electric mobility.

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