Electric vehicles have been long handicapped for long-distance travel by the limited battery power. But now Mira EV has created a world record with completing 1000 km run on a single battery charge non-stop, powered by Sanyo’s lithium-ion battery systems. The long marathon, organised by Japan Electric Vehicle Club, took place on the world’s longest race course in Japan and was accomplished by a relay team of 17-auto-racers from a training school in Ibraki.
Mira EV had already once run for 555,6 km nonstop without recharging last november. But now traveling for 27.5 hours at 40 km/h average speed, the trail run by Mira EV was powered by putting together 8320 cylindrical lithium-ion 18650-type batteries.
It is a fantastic record. But a speed of 40 km/h is rather low. Maybe the average consumer is more happy to have an electric car which can cover that 1000 kms at 80 km/h average speed with a single charge. However the battery technology is going to improve dramatically in the future, which will make electrics competitive with ICE vehicles.