Students break the EV world record by building a car that can travel 2,600 kilometers on a single charge

Imagine driving across half of America in your electric car with one battery charge. A COST. Sixteen hundred miles. It’s impossible to believe – most electric cars might drive 250 miles before needing to be charged – but German students have created a car that does just that.

Called the ‘muc022 prototype’ and looking like a Smart car but even cuter and more aerodynamic, the single-seater vehicle handily surpassed the previous record of 999.5 miles in four days. The team of students from the Technical University of Munich continued to drive the 374-pound car for two more days, until it finally came to a stop after a distance of 2,599.27 miles. All in all, the car has been on the road for 99 hours.

Of course it wasn’t really a road. (Or autobahnif you are authentic.) The students tested the car, a modified version of a vehicle used in previous competitions, in an empty hangar at Munich Airport. Students from the team even slept in the hangar.

The group received a Guinness World Record for “Greatest distance by electric vehicle, single charge (non-solar).”

The muc022 prototype is one of the most energy efficient vehicles ever, with an energy consumption of 160 kilometers per kilowatt hour. For perspective, consider that the Tesla Model Y, which calls itself “the most efficient electric SUV ever built,” only achieves 6.5 km/kWh. The car built by German students is more than twenty-five times more economical! Take that, Elon!

It’s pretty amazing what students are coming up with in the automotive and energy fields these days.

A team of students from Switzerland, called the Academic Motorsports of Zurich (AMZ), created the fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world. It goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just nine-tenths of a second. This is big because the perception that electric cars are slow or have no curb appeal is one of the barriers to increasing their use on the road, despite the many health and environmental benefits.

AMZ – World Record! 0-100 km/h in 0.956 seconds

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AMZ – World Record! 0-100 km/h in 0.956 seconds

A student was also responsible for a huge breakthrough in the field of batteries. In 2016, PhD student Mya Le Thai from the University of California, Irvine accidentally created a rechargeable battery that could last 400 years. While the average rechargeable laptop battery lasts 300 to 500 cycles, this nano battery can easily get 200,000 charges in three months, meaning your laptop battery will effectively last 400 years.

So when will the average person get their hands on a car that can drive 1,600 miles, or a battery that lasts four hundred years? The answer is difficult to determine. Commenters on the Futurology subreddit discussed the timeline and related issues of bringing these innovations out of the classroom and into the marketplace.

About the Immortal Battery, user EXSPFXDOG said: “I consider this solving a major problem in more than one way! It would eliminate having to drop 20,000 plus to replace car batteries!

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It can help solve energy storage problems with solar and wind energy. And it could save millions of lithium batteries from ending up in landfills. It seems like scalability might not be a big issue as it could fit in with the way we make the millions of batteries currently being made. It also helps prevent some rainforest destruction for lithium mining!”

However, not everyone was so optimistic. “People who make batteries also sell batteries, and they don’t want you to have one that lasts forever. Nationalize all battery production as soon as possible,” outtyn1nja suggested

It’s not the worst proposal. What would have to happen to nationalize battery production?

Hopefully some forward-thinking students are working to figure this out.

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