A group of students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled in an electric vehicle (EV). After driving just over 2573km, the battery of their modified car ran out of charge, surpassing the previous record of 1608.54km. The students, part of the TUfast Eco team, achieved this feat by making aerodynamic and weight-saving changes to their car and installing a larger 15.5kWh battery.
For six consecutive days, the team drove their modified car, named ‘muc022’, around Munich airport. The muc022 car had previously been used in various efficient EV competitions, but modifications were necessary to break the record. The car boasts a super slippery drag coefficient of 0.159 Cd, which contributed to its remarkable energy efficiency. It weighs only 170kg without the driver and features a 400W permanent-magnet synchronous motor.
The TUfast Eco team’s achievement has been praised by Bavarian Minister of Science Markus Blume, who commended the students for their “terrific success” and the pioneering mindset they represent. The Technical University of Munich expressed pride in its students and their accomplishments, emphasizing its commitment to promoting innovation.
This recent accomplishment by the TUM students comes just after a team of students from Switzerland broke the record for the fastest acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in an EV. These impressive achievements by student teams highlight the advancements being made in electric vehicle technology and the dedication of young innovators in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
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– Bavarian Minister of Science Markus Blume
– Technical University of Munich