Tesla Sets New World Record for Distance Driven on Single Charge

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A US-built Tesla Roadster has broken the world record for the distance travelled by an electric production car on a single charge.

While competing in the Global Green Challenge, Australian Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas drove an incredible 313 miles before the batteries finally died in their Roadster.

Until now, the record has been held by another Tesla Roadster, after completing a 241 mile road rally on one charge.

The as yet unofficial record was set after the pair drove a gruelling route from Alice Springs to the Northern Territory. After clocking up an astonishing 500km they still had an estimated 3 miles of charge remaining.

Speaking about the feat, Hackett told reporters, “Emilis and I have decades of experience flying gliders competitively and we applied the same energy conservation techniques to our driving.”

Image Credit – Autocar

Andrew Williams

is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.