Technical University of Munich (TUM) has established a new world record by covering a staggering 2,573 kilometers on just one battery charge. This achievement surpasses the previous record holders by nearly 1,000 kilometers, marking a significant milestone in the world of electric vehicles.
The vehicle, affectionately named ‘Muc022,' achieved this feat by continuously circling an empty hangar at Munich Airport for a duration of 99 hours, ultimately breaking the previous record of 1,608.54 kilometers after four days of relentless driving. The battery, boasting a capacity of 15.5 kWh, finally depleted its power reserves after completing an astonishing 2,573.79 kilometers.
The success of the Muc022 can be attributed to a well-thought-out approach, with a primary focus on optimizing aerodynamics and employing lightweight construction techniques. This strategic approach paid off handsomely, as the electric car consumed a mere 0.6 kWh per 100 kilometers, showcasing its exceptional efficiency.
Notably, this achievement is not the first for the Munich team. In 2016, they had already set the world record for the most efficient electric car, achieving an average speed of 25 km/h while consuming just 0.81 kWh per 100 kilometers.
Reflecting on this remarkable accomplishment, the TUfast Eco team expressed their gratitude to all those who supported their efforts, emphasizing the countless hours of hard work that went into preparing for this record-breaking endeavor.
While the team recently unveiled a lightweight electric car called the Muc023, weighing in at a mere 65 kilograms, it's important to note that they used the slightly heavier Muc022 for this record attempt. The Muc022, weighing 75 kilograms, was equipped with a larger battery, resulting in a total weight of 170 kilograms without a driver. Powering the Muc022 is a permanently excited synchronous motor (PSM) with an output of 400 watts, demonstrating the innovative engineering prowess of the TUM students.
This remarkable achievement by the Technical University of Munich underscores the growing potential and capabilities of electric vehicles, paving the way for a more sustainable and efficient future in transportation.