Japanese Team Sets New EV Record of 808 Miles On Single Charge

NOV 18 2013 BY MARK KANE 19

According to a report in The Japan Times, we see that a new world record of distance traveled on single charge for electric vehicles has been set.

The Japanese team, led by Kenjiro Shinozuka, the first Japanese driver to win the Dakar Rally (1997), used converted Suzuki Every with lithium-ion battery pack of undisclosed capacity to drive 1,300 km (808 miles) on a 25-km course in Akita Prefecture.

The whole run took over 46 hours at an average speed of approximately 30 kph (18.6 mph).

This achievement is roughly 300 km higher than Japan EV Club’s existing 1,003.2 km Guinness World Record from 2010.

The team plans to file this achievement with Guinness in hopes that it becomes the official EV range record holder.

Source: The Japan Times

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19 Comments on "Japanese Team Sets New EV Record of 808 Miles On Single Charge"

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Just use km or at the very least km first and then miles in dunce parentheses.
It’s high time the morons learn proper units.

You’re so angry all the time…

Save for the insult, for once I fully agree with you, Dan.
(And yes, I’m in the US)

30km/h has to be considered cheating though. Distance records should have a standard of say 90km/h or in real city traffic.
It’s not a bad record but it’s obviously just a conventional primitive vehicle loaded to the brim with high density batteries.

Driving in a real city can cause an average speed of 30 km/h.

Perhaps, but given that they were on a test track, it’s highly unlikely that their speed varied significantly which would have reduced efficiency.

They were not on a dedicated test track. They used a round trip on public roads.

I wonder how far a Model S will go at 18.6 mph???

About 400 i think

I’ll bet it’s a good bit farther. Theoretically, the i-MiEV can go 500 miles at 22 MPH (its most efficient speed) according to some rather in-depth testing on another message board. That’s with a 16kWh battery. A Model S P-85 can likely go much farther than 808 miles, if they figure out its most efficient speed.

The calculator on Tesla’s site will only go as slow as 45mph, but that results in 352 miles. I think someone got something like 85 miles in a Volt going 25mph. So that’s roughly 8 miles per kWh.

I think the record for the Model S was well above 400 miles, remember? Achieved in Florida at a speed of under 30mph. Anyway, as impractical as some (most likely) laboratory conditions can offer, I really doubt but am really interested in how far an i-Miev can go, let alone 500 miles!

If anyone remembers this:

The farthest (and recorded) charge a Leaf can go is 132 miles, but no miles/kW given. Don’t mind them though, 2011 being early times, and general ignorance / idiocy has soon worn off of them fairly quickly.

@offib: The current distance record for a Model S on one charge is held by Bruno Bowden and he drove 425.8 miles on one charge in California. This was discussed at 2013 TESLIVE, the Tesla owner’s conference.

There is absolutely no way an i-MiEV will go 500 miles on a single charge unless it’s all down hill.

Maximum efficiency is probably just north of 10 miles / kWh (perhaps 15 miles / kWh maximum) or probably around 200 miles maximum at a constant speed in the teens.

I too think this is kind of a silly non-real-world record. But, if at least it’s in comparison to an old record which uses the same parameters (which is not entirely clear from the article), then it does show some significant improvements for EV range. I’d like to hear more details and how whatever they did could be applied to new generations of EVs. Otherwise, it’s just an experiment created by tweaking a number of efficiency parameters and/or just adding more batteries that won’t really gain anyone anything, except a footnote in a record book.

“The whole run took over 46 hours at an average speed of approximately 30 kph (18.6 mph).”
That’s 2 days of his life he won’t get back LOL. (j/k but seems kinda pointless).

“The team was scheduled to start the attempt Tuesday but was forced to postpone it for a day due to snowy weather.”
So they probably could have gone further if they would have attempted this in the summer.

Was solar power not allowed? I think the cars that race in the World Solar Challenge can keep going as long as the sun is shining.

A German team did more than 1000km/600miles at 45-50kmh/30mph in real traffic with an old Citroen Berlingo. Great car at its time, citroen had build about 1500 of them from 1997-2002, I managed to get one. Of course the battery was original 16kwh NiCd and the team upgraded it to 180kwh lithium. The dc-brush-motor is probably not the most efficient one, but I bet they also can get 810 miles at 22mph on a carefully selected course…


The Every EV Van comes fitted with a lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged in five hours and provides up to 62 miles of range.

For comparison, the Ford Transit Connect EV Wagon had a EPA 75 mile range, with a 24kWh battery. So the Every EV should have a similar sized battery. To get over 800 miles, I am sure there was a whole lot of coasting and break regen happening. Along with tires being overinflated like rocks.

These EV range record attempts should be performed on German autobahns at 200 km/h constant speed. After all, due to electric vehicles unlimited speeds will be commonplace in most of the highways.