College Students Finish Epic 16,000 Mile Journey in Electric Car

11 students and teachers from the Imperial College of London just finished a 16,000 mile “race” down the Pan-American highway in an electric car. Who says college kids are lazy?

It has taken 70 days just to drive the SRZero electric sports car (that looks more like a serious race car) from Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay to the southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. They have stumbled along the way, breaking their shock absorbers in Argentina and crashing in Ecuador. They have detailed every step and misstep of their journey at their blog.

It is pretty much the world’s ,most epic sustainable road trip, 250 miles at a time. Actually based on the fastest production car in the world, the SR8, the SRZero uses two Evo-electric motors, and the 56 kWh battery pack can put as much as 400 horsepower to the ground. Not too shabby eh? It can get a full charge in about 6 hours (dependent on the voltage) and a few days they managed to get in a mid-day charge, allowing the driver and co-driver to go up to 500 miles a day.

Just yesterday they pulled into Ushuaia, having driven for 70 days and been delayed a few times by various mishaps. I wonder what is next for these wunderkind?

Source: Racing Green Endurance

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.