Electric Phoenix Rises To 995.5-Mile Guinness Record, But Falls Short Of 1,200-Mile Goal

OCT 24 2017 BY DOMENICK YONEY 7

A converted BMW E39 528i just set a record for the most distance driven by an electric car on a single charge after almost running for 1,000 miles.

When last we heard from  ‘s Phoenix project, planning was afoot to prove that it could drive for 1,000 miles on a charge.  With its 133 kWh battery spread throughout the upcycled 1997 E39 BMW 528i, it had already done a distance of 748 miles at a single go. With proper conditions, it was thought as much as 1,200 miles might be possible. Reality disagreed.

On October 19, car and crew hit the Auto Club Speedway of California in Fontana to give it their best shot. Well-known EV Vlogger Jehu Garcia was on hand for the event and has 48 minutes worth of video posted (above). He did have another, shorter video featuring closeups of the now repainted car and conversations with some of the team members, but that is no longer public.

According to Garcia, the car now has over 200 kWh of battery shoehorned in the chassis. With some of their available time at the facility lost to logistical problems — 48 hours dwindled to 42 — the speed traveled may have been faster than optimal. Certainly one driver had said he’d driven a leg mostly at 30 miles per hour.

In any case, the team managed to crawl around the two-mile oval for a total of 995.5 miles, just short of its 1,000-mile claim, and short of the 1,100 miles that Proterra achieved with a bus. Still, it was enough, they say, to get the feat into the Guinness Book of Records. According to Garcia, some mistakes were made: the battery wasn’t properly balanced or fully charged, and speeds were sometimes too high . These elements may have been responsible for a 300-mile shortfall. The team had hoped to hit 1,200 miles.

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7 Comments on "Electric Phoenix Rises To 995.5-Mile Guinness Record, But Falls Short Of 1,200-Mile Goal"

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God/Bacardi

How were any mistakes made?

“the battery wasn’t properly balanced or fully charged, and speeds were sometimes too high”

DJ

I can’t think of a better reason for AutoPilot or actually Super Cruise than for something like this 😀

Gazz

In a BMW that was never intended by BMW to become electric. A real achievement.

Will

Gutted and repurpose. It doesn’t matter no one will care

stimpacker

What’s the point of this?
Nobody mods a car full of fuel bladders, then creeps at max efficiency rpms and say they have the highest mpg car.

I have stated before – gimmicks like this actually do a disservice to EV adoption. It creates an impression that EV’s are gonna creep on already congested highways and that for max range, you gotta nerd out your battery.

Rad

Shouldn’t the rule book say something like 55 mph minimum to be considered? I figure 24 mph average for this stunt. Originally they had planned for 21 mph over 48 hours. Must have been exciting to watch.

If you do the math using Bolt battery, you end up with about 1000 miles as the theoretical maximum range with 200 kWh.

300 miles * 200 kWh / 60 kWh = 1000 miles.

Given that these guys probably don’t have as much efficiency, but maybe lighter due to non-TMS, I doubt they’d get 20% more range.