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World record: Tesla Model S runs 670 miles without recharging

09 August 2017

The Tesla Owners Club Italia have set a new world record by driving a Tesla Model S 100D 1,078km (670 miles) on a single charge, within 29 hours.

Tesla Model S 100D (Credit: Tesla Owners Italia)

The route was planned on the suburban roads of Salerno, in the south of Italy. The car was a normal production car with standard low rolling resistance tyres and during the test the air conditioning was kept off. A smooth driving approach, with an average speed of 25mph, helped to reach the target. The five members of the Italian Tesla Owners Club took turns driving the car one-by-one. 

"The driving was made simple by the semi-autonomous driving system," says one of the drivers, Rosario Pingaro, "which helped us to keep a constant speed in the middle of the lane". 

"To complete the 1,078km record distance, we used 98.4kW/h of electricity, which is equivalent to eight litres of gas," explains Tesla Owners Club Italia President Luca Del Bo. This has been possible thanks to the very high output of the electric engine that transforms 95 percent of the energy into motion. Just consider that the most efficient combustion engines today do not exceed 30 percent efficiency. 

The previous world record, which took place in Belgium with a Tesla Model S P100D, stopped at 901.2km (560 miles).

On Twitter, Elon Musk officially announced it as the first production electric car to exceed 1,000km on a single charge.

Video courtesy of Tesla Owners Italia

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