OK, no matter how you slice that is very impressive.
Previous record set in May 2010, 623 miles by Japanese team with a widely reported 50kwh battery that averaged 25 mph. The German team used a 23 kwh battery that averaged 28 mph.
However, other reports have the German car with a 74 kwh battery. Also of note is that the German car is a single seat experimental, extremely lightweight vehicle. Whereas the Japanese car with the small battery, has two seats and space behind, and appears to be a road ready vehicle. Also pictures of the Japanese car show two people actually riding in it. Not saying that they could have kept the record, just saying we are talking about two very different cars here.
So what does it matter? It just shows how nascent battery technology is when records are being set on almost a monthly basis and not by not by scores of feet but by hundreds of miles.
In that same vein...
The bike blazed lightning fast speeds to set an average of 206.079 miles per hour at the Bonneville recently. If the certification of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) is accurate, it has set a new record for plug-in motorcycles surpassing last year’s 173.388 mph. Rider Paul Thede says he had hit 208.38 mph in the speedometer at the 2.25 mile spot but was bound to slow down a bit at the APS-? reached the 3rd mile.
The vehicle has thus become the fastest two wheeled EV ever. The machine is powered by a state of the art 345 Volt 11 KWh safe LiFEPo4 nano phosphate battery pack. The new feat in speed adds this sleek bike to a class of high velocity traditional fuel-powered motorcycles.
Very soon the muscle cars of the world will tremble at the approach of an electric car.
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