The holy grail of the electric car market would have to be an affordable electric car that could charge fast and offer a long driving range of several hundred miles per charge. The reality of today's electric vehicles is that none can offer all of these features, but electric carmakers are getting closer.
Tesla has its Roadster and recently announced the Roadster Sport and Model S electric vehicles. The entire Tesla line falls short on affordability with a price tag that puts it only within reach of the well to do and outright wealthy. However, Tesla's Roadster does offer the driving range that most drivers will desire from an electric vehicle.
Autoblog Green reports that a Tesla Roadster entered into the Rally Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives rally set what may end up being certified as a distance record for a production all-electric vehicle to travel on a single charge. The rally course ran 241 miles from the town of Valance, France to the Principality of Monaco.
The course features a variety of road surfaces and types from trunk roads, motorways, to single car roads winding up the mountains. The Roadster was able to cross the finish line after 241 miles with an indicated range of 38 miles left on the battery packs. That would give the Roadster a total range of nearly 280 miles.
The caveat to these numbers is certainly the speed the vehicle was traveling. The average speed on the motorways was a mere 56 MPH; on trunk roads, the average speed was 37 MPH; and on the mountain roads, it was a sloth-like 19 MPH. The average speed was 28 MPH for the entire trip.
Register Hardware reports that the Tesla Roadster wasn't the only electric vehicle entered in the rally. Entrants also included several Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles and a Ruf-modified Porsche 911. There is no word on how far exactly those vehicles made it on the course.
quote: Anything with a top speed of 56mph highway speed probably has a sluggish acceleration.
quote: what may end up being certified
quote: Try doing that on the Pennsylvania turnpike sometimes. Or on I-70 west of Denver.