How Far Can Electric Cars Go?

A 2017 range test of four electric vehicles has shown how far these cars can roll on a single charge.

  • The Nissan LEAF ran out of charge after 81 miles in a highway range test of electric vehicles.
    Photo by Nissan

A new world record has been set for the longest range traveled in an electric vehicle at highway speeds on a single charge — and the winning car might surprise you. On April 1, 2017, the tech company IT Asset Partners (ITAP ) conducted a highway range test of four electric vehicles, including three commercial cars — the Tesla Model S P90D, the Chevrolet Bolt, and the Nissan LEAF. The fourth vehicle in the test is known as “The Phoenix.” This BMW was slated for the scrapheap until ITAP reclaimed it and upgraded the car with 88 percent recycled materials, including the controller and the battery. Altogether, the vehicle and its improvements cost ITAP less than $13,000.

 For the range test, each vehicle was required to drive as far as possible along a 362-mile round-trip route in California, from Chatsworth to San Luis Obispo. The Nissan LEAF ran out of juice first, after 81 miles. The Tesla Model S P90D faltered after 238.2 miles. The farthest-reaching of the commercially available cars was the Chevrolet Bolt, which traveled 271.5 miles before dying. The biggest surprise was The Phoenix, which traveled an astonishing 340.3 miles before stopping because of a blown fuse. The vehicle still retained 32 percent battery power, so that ITAP estimates it could’ve traveled more than 400 miles on a single charge.

 The success of The Phoenix is a powerful testament to the potential for sustainability in future car designs. If a car destined for the junkyard can be upgraded with recycled materials to outperform the newest technology, there’s no telling what other “trash” could do when put to appropriate use.

1/14/2018 8:25:31 AM

what is the cost of the electricity that these cars are using?

1/13/2018 12:49:00 AM

I am currently seeking investors who are passionate about sustainable development to help me bring my prototype Klean Air Trike (KAT) to production model. These are a 3 wheel "car" (hatchback) and micro-pick-up in both city (75 mile range) and freeway (150 mile range) versions. KATS design is two wheels in front and one in the rear for enhanced stability. Both models are 2 seaters. Production models will come standard with AC, Tilt Wheel, No Clutch, PW, Pdriver seat, Heated leather or Hemp seats, FWD, LP Heat & Defrost. Contact for further information. Be The Change

1/12/2018 6:44:20 PM

Should publish a parts list and a how to for the Phoenix.

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