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Audi A2 Electric Sets New Distance Record

By Pure Green Cars on 10/27/2010 – 12:15 am PDTOne Comment

An Audi A2 electric set a new single-charge distance record on Tuesday after running 600 km (375 miles) without recharging its battery.

The Audi A2 electric took around seven hours to complete the distance from Munich in southern Germany to Berlin on a single charge.

Driver Mirko Hannemann, the chief of DBM Energy, drove the distance at 90 km/h (55 miles per hour) on average, had the heat on and was able to whisk around a few more miles in the city. When the A2 electric finished, it still had 18% of the initial electric charge in the battery.

The yellow-and- purple Audi A2 electric is featuring super light lithium metal-polymer batteries, which are reportedly more powerful, more efficient and lighter than conventional EV batteries.

The battery, based on what DBM Energy calls the KOLIBRI AlphaPolymer Technology, comes with 97 percent efficiency and can be charged at virtually every socket. Plugged into a high-voltage direct-current source, the battery can be fully loaded within 6 minutes.

Japanese researchers have driven an experimental electric car more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) around a track, but that was at 25 miles per hour and with a vehicle that was basically all battery.

The two German firms, Lekker Energie and DBM Energy, said their electric vehicle was the furthest travelled by an everyday car.

Tags: , audi a2, , lithium metal, polymer batteries,

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