German electric vehicle (EV) developers are claiming their Schluckspecht E – aka, “The Gobbler” – traveled more than 1,000 miles on a single charge, shattering the previous world record by nearly 400 miles.
Three drivers took turns driving the car around the roughly two-mile Bosch company testing track in Boxberg, Germany, south of Berlin. After 36 hours and 12 minutes, the car had gone 1,631.5 kilometers (1,013.8 miles) to set a world record. A technological triumph, no doubt, but we’d like to tip our hat to the gentlemen who had to drive for 12 hours around a two-mile track. That couldn’t have been easy.
Propelled by two integrated wheel-hub motors, the single-seat experimental vehicle had an average speed of just 28 mph, which we can only assume made driving the car for 12 hours even more exhausting.
Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute EMI and the University of Offenburg, “The Gobbler” is powered by 14 lithium-cobalt battery packs with a capacity of 23 kilowatt-hours, and impressively beat the old world record of just over 600 miles. That was set by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club, as we reported last year.