Tesla Roadster Sets New EV Record: 313 Miles on a Single Charge
Together with co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas, Hackett managed to take his Roadster for a 313 miles (501 km) drive, after charging the EV only once, before departure. Although yet unconfirmed, the distance travelled sure looks like a record...
"Emilis and I have decades of experience flying gliders competitively and we applied the same energy conservation techniques to our driving, with significant results! The car had about 3 miles of range left when the drive was completed. We travelled 501 km on a single charge. Let that sink in for a minute," Hackett said.
The previous range record, also held by a Tesla Roadster, stood at 241 miles (388 km) and was set this April at the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives. Today's record was set in Australia, with the Roadster owner traveling from Alice Springs, in the Australian Northern Territory to a point located 183 km north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia.
As for the fairness of the run, Hackett had this to say.
“The security seal was applied to the charge port door when we started the journey. As this is being done as part of the Global Green Challenge, we have a full set of official verifiers here who will attest to the results and to achieving the outcome. We were followed along the journey by our support crew and a documentary film crew - so we have it on film."