CNET News reports that a Tesla Roadster drove a record 313 miles on a single charge in Australia recently.
To squeeze as much distance as possible out of the Roadster’s lithium-ion battery, the drivers traveled at a consistent speed of 34 mph for a large portion of their journey, which took 12 hours. Prior to the drive, a security seal was applied to the vehicle’s charge port door. The drivers took the vehicle from Alice Springs, Northern Territory to Coober Pedy, South Australia. Upon reaching its destination, the vehicle reportedly had three miles to spare in its battery. The drive was part of an alternative fuel rally called the Global Green Challenge.
Using EPA measurement methods, the Tesla Roadster has been officially rated at a 244-mile range. The Roadster employs a 53-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack.