Tesla's latest world beater: ModelS drives 1078 KM on single charge

11 August 2017

Credit: Tesla Owners Italia | teslaowners.it

Step aside Tesla Model S P100D: the new record for distance travelled on one electric car charge is now 1078 kilometres.

On the 4th of August 2017, a Tesla ModelS 100D ran 1078 kilometres in 29 hours; the previous world record, which took place in Belgium with a Tesla ModelS P100D, stopped at 901.2 kilometres.

The challenge was organised and won by Tesla Owners Club Italia, a non-profit association, recognised by Tesla as the official Owners Club for Italy, Ticino and the Republic of San Marino. It promotes the transition from fossil to renewable energy.

The route was planned on the suburban roads of Salerno, in the south of Italy. The Tesla ModelS 100D is a normal production car with standard low-rolling resistance tyres. During the test, a smooth driving approach was maintained; the car's average speed was 40 kmh.

Credit: Tesla Owners Italia | teslaowners.it

Five members of the Italian Tesla Owners Club have driven the car one by one. Says one such member, Rosario Pingaro: “The driving was made simply by the semiautonomous driving system, which helped us to keep a constant speed in the middle of the lane.”

“To complete the 1078 km record distance, we used 98.4 kWh of electricity, which are equivalent to 8 litres of gas – 3.78 gallons,” explains Tesla Owners Club Italia President Luca Del Bo. “This [is] thanks to the very high output of the electric engine that transforms in motion 95% of the energy. Just consider that the most efficient combustion engines today do not exceed 30% efficiency.”

Those involved are all joined by the desire to accelerate the transition process: from a fossil energy-based economy to a resource-based economy.

For more information, visit this link from teslaowners.it (translated version from Italian available).

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