Electric car drives 2,537 km on one charge

In Germany, an electric car developed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has broken a world record by driving around 2,573 kilometres on just one battery charge. The new world record is almost 1,000 kilometres more than the previous record holders.

The electric car dubbed ‘Muc022’ circled in an empty hangar at Munich Airport for 99 hours to break the world record. The previous world record of 1,608.54 kilometres was broken after four days. After another two days, the 15.5-kWh battery finally ran out of power after 2,573.79 kilometres.

“In the process, the students relied above all on well thought-out aerodynamics and lightweight construction,” the press release states—a strategy that proved its worth: The vehicle consumed just 0.6 kWh per 100 kilometres.

In 2016, the Munich team had already set the world record for the most efficient electric car. At an average speed of 25 km/h, the team vehicle consumed 0.81 kWh per 100 kilometres.

“Countless hours of work in addition to our studies went into preparing for the record. This makes us all the more happy that we now hold the world record. The muc022 had already succeeded in several competitions, and now this is the crowning achievement. Our thanks go to everyone who supported us,” said TUfast Eco team.

An electric car called the Muc023 from the student initiative called ‘TUfast Eco’ was revealed in May this year weighing only 65 kilos. However, to make the world record, the team used the older model, the Muc022, which weighed 75 kilograms but added a larger battery that brought the overall weight, without a driver, to 170 kilograms. The Muc022 is driven by a permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) with an output of 400 watts.



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