EV breaks record with 1,003-km run

Kyodo News

A Tokyo civic group said Sunday it managed to get an electric car to run 1,003.184 km without a recharge, shattering its own world record from last year.

The Japan Electric Vehicle Club said it will ask Guinness World Records to officially recognize the journey, which was completed at a racing course in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Prefecture, as the world’s longest.

The vehicle, powered by Sanyo Electric Co.’s lithium-ion battery system, ran for about 27 1/2 hours until around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at a speed of about 40 kph, the group said. A total of 17 people took turns at the wheel.

Guinness World Records has officially recognized a 555.6-km journey the group made in an electric car from Tokyo to Osaka last November as the longest ever by electric vehicle without recharging.