Munich’s Electric Marvel Shatters Guinness Record with 1,599-Mile Drive

September 14, 2023
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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has made a groundbreaking achievement with their electric vehicle, driving an impressive 1,599.27 miles on a single charge. This feat, accomplished without solar power, underscores the potential of pure electric energy. The vehicle behind this record is the “muc022” prototype, a single-seater wonder. The TUfast Eco team, in their quest for this milestone, enhanced the vehicle’s aerodynamics and reduced its weight. Notably, the car was equipped with a larger battery with an output of 15.5 kilowatt-hours. “And yes, that’s not a typo,” the article humorously points out, emphasizing the battery’s impressive capacity.

Weighing just 374 pounds, the vehicle’s design is a testament to efficiency and performance. Its electric permanent-magnet synchronous motor, with a modest 400 watts output, further showcases its efficiency. The car’s drag coefficient stands at a notable 0.159 Cd, emphasizing its aerodynamic superiority. The team chose Munich airport’s empty airplane hangar as their testing ground. Over a span of six days, they exceeded the previous record of 999.5 miles, demonstrating the vehicle’s unmatched endurance. Some TUfast Eco team members even took turns sleeping in the hangar, a testament to their unwavering commitment.

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Upon completion, the vehicle recorded an energy consumption rate of 103 miles/kWh, arguably making the “muc022” one of the most efficient electric vehicles. For context, the Tesla Model Y, known for its efficiency, manages around 4 miles/kWh. This monumental achievement didn’t go unnoticed. At the IAA Mobility show in Munich, a Guinness World Records representative lauded the students for their pioneering accomplishment. In a related note, students in Switzerland achieved a record for the fastest-accelerating EV, clocking 0-62 mph in a mere 0.9 seconds.

In another intriguing revelation, the article teases a potential million-dollar collection of classic cars discovered in an old warehouse. This collection boasts treasures like the rare 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible. A video of this discovery suggests the presence of Auburn Boattail Speedsters, though their authenticity is yet to be confirmed. Given the treasures inside, the article wisely advises keeping the location a secret.

Source – TUM

Returning to the TUM achievement, the TUfast Eco team’s record is significantly higher than many production car benchmarks. Their strategy of using an airplane hangar eliminated weather-related variables, allowing them to surpass the previous record by a staggering 60 percent. “Countless hours of work in addition to our studies went into preparing for the record,” shared the TUfast Eco team. Their vehicle’s consumption rate stands at 0.6 kWh per 100 km, setting new efficiency standards. Thomas F. Hofmann, TUM’s president, expressed immense pride in the students and the institution’s innovative spirit. Beyond setting records, the TUfast Eco team competes in international automotive competitions, pushing technological boundaries. They gratefully acknowledged everyone who supported their endeavor. As the electric vehicle landscape evolves, the “muc022” stands as a beacon of future possibilities. With such achievements, TUM students have undoubtedly set a challenging benchmark in the electric vehicle race.

Rahul Somvanshi

Rahul, possessing a profound background in the creative industry, illuminates the unspoken, often confronting revelations and unpleasant subjects, navigating their complexities with a discerning eye. He perpetually questions, explores, and unveils the multifaceted impacts of change and transformation in our global landscape. As an experienced filmmaker and writer, he intricately delves into the realms of sustainability, design, flora and fauna, health, science and technology, mobility, and space, ceaselessly investigating the practical applications and transformative potentials of burgeoning developments.

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