Tesla drivers claim Model S distance record of 670 miles on one charge

Elon Musk congratulates Italian owners club, which claims new distance record while consuming equivalent of only eight litres of petrol

Five members of the Italian Tesla owners club claim to have set a new distance record, travelling 670 miles on a single charge in a Tesla Model S.

The feat, which they say beats the previous record set in Belgium in June by 110 miles, used a longest-range Tesla Model S 100D and required the five drivers to employ so-called “hypermiling” techniques, which saw them use as little energy as possible by maintaining a constant speed, using low rolling-resistance tyres and trying not to use the brakes.

The team said they drove without air conditioning at an average speed of just 25mph (40kmph), reaching 670 miles before coming to a stop with 0% charge on the meter.

Luca Del Bo, president of the club, said: “To complete the 1,078km record distance, we used 98.4 kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to eight litres of gas.

“This has been possible thanks to the very high output of the electric engine that transforms 95% of the energy into motion. Just consider that the most efficient combustion engines today do not exceed 30% efficiency.”

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk congratulated the club on the record, which was issued by a public notary with a lawyer sealing the charge cap before starting the attempt, the club said.

1078 km - 669.83 miles with Tesla ModelS 100D in a single charge by Tesla Owners Italy-Ticino-San Marino #teslarecord pic.twitter.com/DvQw16V0wo

— Tesla Owners Italia (@TeslaOwnersIT) August 3, 2017

Rosario Pingaro, one of the drivers, said: “The driving was made simply by the semi-autonomous driving system, which helped us to keep a constant speed in the middle of the lane.”

In June, following the Belgian record of 901.2km, Musk said that it would be theoretically possible to drive a Model S more than 1,000km on a single charge with the right tyres. Tesla rates the Model S 100D as being able to drive 514 miles at 45mph on a single charge.

Tesla’s latest car, the mass-market targeted $35,000 Model 3, is rated as being able to travel 215 miles per charge as standard or up to 310 miles with an extended range battery option, which costs more. But electric cars still have some way to go to match petrol and diesel cars, which routinely exceed 500 miles per tank of fuel and can be refilled in minutes, with even the fastest electric chargers taking over an hour to fully charge the large batteries.

Contributor

Samuel Gibbs

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
First Tesla Model 3 rolls off production line ... into the hands of Elon Musk
Lower-cost electric car begins delivery with first model to company chief excutive as first 30 customers to get vehicles at 28 July party

Samuel Gibbs

10, Jul, 2017 @10:38 AM

Article image
Tesla Model X glitches lock owners out of cars
Early adopters facing teething issues with doors, sensors, screens, brakes and quality control, as electric SUV continues to roll off the production line

Samuel Gibbs

21, Apr, 2016 @10:38 AM

Article image
Musk's Tesla makes a bid for Musk's SolarCity energy company
Electric car company attempts to acquire solar panel seller to create a Silicon Valley one-stop-shop for clean energy for car and home

Samuel Gibbs and agencies

22, Jun, 2016 @9:21 AM

Article image
Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October
Electric Semi truck will be ‘tentatively’ ready for first test rides and is ‘worth seeing in person’, but can batteries and self-driving trucks really replace diesels?

Samuel Gibbs

14, Sep, 2017 @11:39 AM

Article image
Tesla finally hits weekly production target for Model 3 cars
Firm builds 5,000 in a week but critics are sceptical over whether feat can be replicated

Samuel Gibbs

02, Jul, 2018 @10:41 AM

Article image
Tesla factory to be investigated over safety concerns
California base faces claims of unreported injuries as it struggles to roll out Model 3

Samuel Gibbs

19, Apr, 2018 @11:02 AM

Article image
Tesla shares fall more than 7% after company reports record loss
Founder Elon Musk unsettles investors by palming off questions about the firm’s health

Adam Vaughan

03, May, 2018 @4:04 PM

Article image
Tesla Model 3 becomes most popular battery electric car on UK roads
Surge in sales for US carmaker in first four months of 2021 pushes Nissan Leaf into second place

Jasper Jolly

06, Jun, 2021 @3:54 PM

Article image
Tesla loses latest battle with Ecotricity
Advertising watchdog dismisses complaint from US electric car maker about UK company’s green energy claims

Adam Vaughan

06, Apr, 2016 @2:25 PM

Article image
Tesla halts Model 3 production as firm scrambles to improve automation
Firm struggles to hit targets for mass-market electric car after reeling from excessive automation and mounting pressure

Samuel Gibbs

17, Apr, 2018 @9:24 AM