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Japan Electric Vehicle Club’s minivan reported to run over 623 miles on a single charge. Well, that is certainly an impressive record, which bested the the Chevrolet Volt by twice the distance. Last year, the Japan Electric Club car did the same test, and it only made about 345 miles on a single charge.
The Daihatsu Mira minivan is equipped with a brushless DC motor powered by Sanyo’s lithium-ion battery system, which has a 74 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery rating. This battery is very expensive to produce, and we won’t see it anytime soon in the real world market.
To achieve 623 miles on a single charge from the car, the Club reduced the car’s mass with by using carbon fiber seats and low resistance tires from Toyo.
Seventeen drivers participated in the 27.5 hour drive with an average cruising speed at about 25 miles per hour to get the 623 miles record. The test was done in a closed course and with very conservative driving. Of course real-world driving conditions would put the minivan way lower than 623 miles.
Source Electric Vehicle News