German EV Tops 1,000 Miles On Single Charge

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.

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image via Schluckspecht Project

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.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kent-Beuchert/100000005296979 Kent Beuchert

      Building non-commercial specialty EVs like this and then driving 28 miles per hour doesn’tu00a0nin any conceivable way advance the technology of electric cars.u00a0

    • http://clarkewaldron.tripod.com/ Clarke Ensign Waldron

      This was simply a record attempt.u00a0 Real road electric cars need a different power source other than batteries. Google, “Resonant Electric Generator” for videos on YouTube..

    • http://www.facebook.com/elzoid Mike Elzey

      Useless. I can only go about 180 miles without stopping to pee. Whose electricity do I use to charge it in Dalton, GA after my 12 hours of endurance gives out? How long does that take? Can I leave again at 5 AM or should I plan on two nights at the Motel 6? My favorite part, it gets charged fossil fuel electricity.