Aussie Tesla Driver Claims EV Single Charge Distance Record

A couple of Aussies driving an electric Tesla Roadster as part of an eco-car race reportedly have set a distance record for longest drive of a production electric vehicle on a single charge. While this may not impress Prius owners too much, Tesla reports the length driven was 501 km, or 313 miles.

Tesla Roadster owner Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas, according to the electric car manufacturer, got from “Alice Springs to Coober Pedy with 3 miles left on the charge.” The pair is taking part in the Australia Global Green Challenge, which highlights “production, prototype and experimental cars.” The previous record for such a drive, set by another Tesla driver, was done so in April via the 241-mile Rallye Monte Carlo d’Energies Alternatives.

image via Tesla Motors

image via Tesla Motors

The guys driving this Tesla claim to have the information to prove this record, given that the vehicle was in an official event. “The security seal was applied to the charge port door when we started the journey. As this is being done as part of the Global Green Challenge, we have a full set of official verifiers here who will attest to the results and to achieving the outcome. We were followed along the journey by our support crew and a documentary film crew – so we have it on film.”

Simon Hacket Tesla blog [via Tesla Motors]

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