A battery-switchable fully-electric Holden Commodore developed by EV Engineering has unofficially broken the distance record set by a production electric car, achieving 1,886 kilometers (1,172 miles) of driving over a 24-hour period.
A team of 16 engineers and technicians from EV Engineering and its member companies began the attempt at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 21, supported by a team in the workshop operating the semi-automated switch station that switches a depleted battery for a fully-charged one.
Each team member drove one loop of 122 kilometers (75.8 miles) on public roads between Port Melbourne and Geelong, with the distance record beaten at 10:08 a.m. on Sunday July 22.
This record-setting car and the entire fleet of EV Engineering’s proof-of-concept vehicles are powered by a UQM PowerPhase Select 145 electric drive system.
“It’s a great feeling to see the electric car our team designed and developed here in Australia has beaten a world distance record. While our achievement is not an official record, it’s a sound validation of our car’s capabilities,” said CEO of EV Engineering, Ian McCleave.
At the end of each 122 km (75.8 miles) loop, the car had between 20 and 25 percent charge left in the battery, indicating that more than 150 km (93 miles) would have been achievable.
The depleted battery was switched in the EV Engineering workshop at the end of each lap, a total of 15 times.
The mechanism used to switch the battery is a scaled-down version of the Battery Switch Stations that will be rolled out in Australia by Better Place, the leading global electric car recharge network. Australia is the third roll-out market for Better Place, which already has operational networks in Israel and Denmark.
“We are very proud of the team’s efforts this weekend. It shows that with battery switch, the age of the electric car has truly arrived”, Mr McCleave said.
The Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE) observed the trial across its entire 24- hour duration, and is satisfied that:
• The event was completed on public roads and in compliance with local road laws
• The event was completed within one continuous 24-hour period, between 1 pm on July 21st until 1:00pm on July 22, 2012
• The same EV Engineering electric Commodore was used across the entire 24 hour event
• The EV Engineering electric Commodore was propelled by electric power for the entire 24 hour event, and no other fuel or energy sources were used to propel the vehicle at any stage
• The measuring equipment used to record time and distance traveled was not tampered with
• The GPS unit mounted in the test vehicle recorded a total distance traveled of 1886km across the 24-hour period