Tesla owners drive 313 miles on a single charge

Tesla Roadster owner Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas completed 313 miles/501 km in a composites-intensive Tesla Roadster on a single charge – a distance that appears to set a new record for a production electric vehicle.

Tesla Motors (San Carlos, Calif., USA) on Oct. 27 announced that Tesla Roadster owner Simon Hackett and co-driver Emilis Prelgauskas completed 313 miles/501 km in a Tesla Roadster on a single charge – a distance that appears to set a new record for a production electric vehicle. The Tesla Roadster is a carbon fiber composites-intensive all-electric sports car.

Hackett and Prelgauskas were driving Hackett’s red 2008 Roadster as part of the 10th annual Global Green Challenge, one of the most high-profile rallies worldwide for production, prototype and experimental cars. The pair drove from Alice Springs, in the Australian Northern Territory, to the finish marker at a point 113 miles/183 km north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia.

The previous distance record for an electric vehicle was set in April, when another Roadster was the only vehicle to complete the entire, 241-mile Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives. It had an estimated 38 miles left on the charge.

The Tesla Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production EV with a range greater than 200 miles/320 km per charge. Tesla has delivered about 900 Roadsters to customers so far.