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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:37

Internode's Hackett grabs world record for electric vehicle

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Internode managing director and passionate electric car advocate, Simon Hackett, has smashed the world distance record for an electric vehicle by driving his Tesla Roadster more than 500 kilometres in the inaugural Global Green Challenge.

Hackett, on the fourth day of his 3000 kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide, along with co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas, drove the fully electric sports car for 501km (311 miles) on a single charge, from Alice Springs to south of Marla, across the South Australian border. The car had about 4.8km (three miles) of range left when the drive was completed.

The achievement smashes the world electric vehicle (EV) distance record by more than 110km. The previous world distance record for an electric vehicle was set in April by another Roadster, which was the only vehicle to complete the entire, 388km (241-mile) Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives.

Hackett, who owns the only Tesla Roadster in Australia. The $160,000 vehicle is the world’s only fully electric production sports car, delivering supercar performance of 0-100km per hour in 3.9 seconds.

According to Hackett, the Tesla finished its record run with “a couple of kilometres still left in its batteries.” He is driving the vehicle from Darwin to Adelaide over the course of six days in the Global Green Challenge.

“We wanted to prove a point about the ability of EVs to drive truly large distances - and we have done so! This ends any contention that EVs aren't practical cars. They‘re more than that - they are the future of motoring.”

Preparation for Hackett’s record-setting drive included security-sealing of the electric charge port door at departure and full on-road supervision of the vehicle during the drive. The distance will be fully accredited by event officials in due course.

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