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Last Spring, I wrote about a DIY electric car that broke a world record by going 624 miles on one charge. As impressive as that was, it was done in a controlled environment, driving on a track at an average of 25 miles per hour. Now, a new record has been broken by two German firms, Lekker Energie and DBM Energy, with a converted electric Audi A2.
The four-seat Audi A2, funded by German utility lekker Energie and the German Economy Ministry, has all features of a regular car, including a fully usable trunk.
Hannemann drove the 375 miles at 55 miles per hour on average, had the heat on and was able to whisk around a few more miles in the city.The battery, based on what DBM Energy calls the KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer Technology, comes with 97 percent efficiency and can be charged at virtually every socket. Plugged into a high-voltage direct-current source, the battery can be fully loaded within 6 minutes, Hannemann said.
I think it remains to be seen if the battery really is as amazing as they claim, but the distance driven is undeniably impressive. This is more than the light & aerodynamic Tesla Roadster can manage (official range is around 250 miles).
Kudos to everybody involved in making and driving this EV, and I'm really looking forward to the commercialization of those lithium metal polymer (LMP) batteries. If they're anywhere close to as good as is claimed, it will be a very good thing for electric cars.
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