Tesla Roadster's 313-mile Australian journey sets a new record

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In brief: Never a company to pass on a PR moment, Tesla announced today that its Roadster has achieved 313 miles on a single charge, setting a new record for production EVs.

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Make/Model: Roadster
Manufacturer: Tesla

The word

Tesla Motors announced today that Roadster owner Simon Hackett, along with his co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas—participating in Australia's 10th annual Global Green Challenge, a high-profile vehicle rally for production, prototype and experimental cars—set a new record for range in a battery electric vehicle: Travelling from 'Alice Springs, in the Australian Northern Territory, to the finish marker at a point 183 km north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia', the men were able to complete 313 miles (501 km) on a single charge of the vehicle's lithium ion battery pack, setting what would appear to be a new world record.

That's an astonishing 113 miles over the vehicle's estimated range of 200 miles, and credit goes to the energy conservation techniques applied by the drivers.

This achievement, if verified, will shatter the previous record of 241 miles on a single charge, also held by a Tesla Roadster, set back in April when a Roadster was the only participating vehicle to complete the 241-mile Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives (apparently, she still had another 38 miles in her).

And so ….

This is an extraordinary testament to the Roadster's dynamite engineering, and a telling reminder to all of us that battery range is not set in stone; rather, the more conservative you are, the better the performance—just like in conventional gas cars.

Check out a few pics at the Tesla press room.

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