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New Record Set For EV Travel On German Autobahn

A new world record was recently set for distance traveled on the Autobahn network in Germany in a 24-hour time period — with an impressive 1,506 miles (2,424 kilometers) being transversed between noon June 18th and noon June 19th, according to the GPS-tracker used.

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The record was set by “horst98” on the Tesla Motors Club forum — and since he was nice enough to post a concise recap, I’ll just quote him directly here rather than paraphrase:

On the weekend June 18.+19. 2016 (noon to noon) we drove a new world record for electric production cars on German Autobahns. The GPS-Tracker counted up to 1,506 mi (2,424 km). On the screen the Model S P85D showed 1,517 mi (2,442 km).

We started at the newly built Supercharger at Ulm Seligweiler and drove on the new Autobahn 8 in eastern direction. In the beginning with the full charge we drove a long leg just close to Munich. The following legs were shorter and we turned just ahead of Augsburg. We had to recharge 16 times at the Ulm Supercharger with charging times around 15min. With the last leg we returned to the Supercharger with 2 mi (3km) left.

We used 611 kWh in total. The average had been 406 Wh/mi (250Wh/km).

We were two drivers (my son Ben and me) and slept part of the night in the hotel nearby. We drove 90% of the distance with Autopilot. We respected all speed limits and had always a passenger on board during the night. We also had a safty range of 8 mi (12km) always left on the Autobahn (In addition to the 10 mi below zero).

The record was supervised by the Austrian elektro auto mobil magazine.
(The Guinness record team had been awfully expensive with a frontup payment I really paid and was incredibly slow).

Here is the winner photo showing my son and me holding the paper. The press guys with the red shirts and friends from the German Tesla Fahrer und Freunde Forum.

As noted in further comments made by “horst98,” the average driving speed for the trip had been higher than 80 mph; the GPS tracker used was on a Samsung Galaxy S4; and the trip was planned out in great detail (optimal speed, optimal distance, optimal charge time, etc.).

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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