The Japanese Tokai University team built the solar powered car that won the Global Green Challenge on Wednesday after averaging speeds of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour in a four-day race through Australia’s desert Outback.
There was also the record breaking Tesla Roadster which broke the EV World Record by going for 313 Miles (501 KM) on Single Charge!
The Global Green Challenge in Australia is a showcase for alt-fuel vehicles of all kinds. It’s a good way to see what is currently possible, and of what direction the industry is going in terms of green transportation.
The Tokai Challenger crossed the finish line in Adelaide, South Australia, at 3:39 pm local time, after 29 hours and 49 minutes’ racing following Sunday’s departure from the northern city of Darwin.
The team, from Tokai University, averaged 100.54 kilometres per hour to snap a four-race winning streak by the Netherlands’ Nuon outfit. It is the first Japanese victory since Honda Dream II in 1993.
The futuristic Tokai put in a near-flawless run with only one flat tyre on the 3,000 kilometre race. Its nearest rivals were more than two hours behind and were due to battle it out for second place on Thursday.
Tesla Break Electric Vehicle Distance World Record
The latest record comes from a red 2008 Tesla Roadster: Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas drove 313 miles (501 km) on a single charge, something that no production EV has done before.
Simon Hackett said: “Emilis and I have decades of experience flying gliders competitively and we applied the same energy conservation techniques to our driving, with significant results! The car had about 3 miles of range left when the drive was completed. We travelled 501km on a single charge. Let that sink in for a minute.”
To squeeze out the most out of the Roadster’s battery, average speed was kept around 35 mph/55 kph. Above that speed, air resistance starts to require more energy to keep the car moving, reducing total range.
The Tesla’s 53 kWh lithium-ion battery was rated at 244 miles with the EPA’s methodology.