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Electric car sets new distance record

The Local · 26 Oct 2010, 09:47

Published: 26 Oct 2010 09:47 GMT+02:00

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The yellow and purple Audi A2 car took around seven hours to complete the 600-kilometre (372-mile) stretch and arrived in the sumptuous courtyard of the Economy Ministry in Berlin just before 8:00 am local time.

"If any journalists want to charge up their iPhones, we still have some electricity left," quipped driver Mirko Hannemann, 27, as he stepped out of the four-door car to show off the battery.

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle welcomed the team on arrival and was even tempted into taking a spin around the courtyard, although not behind the wheel.

"They even had the heating on. It really was a luxury journey," Brüderle told a large crowd of journalists and photographers on a chilly Berlin morning.

At a later press conference, Brüderle said: "Welcome to a world record. Before, electric cars could typically only go 60 or 70 kilometres before recharging. This is a technological leap forward."

Car manufacturers hope that electric cars will grow to dominate the automotive industry but consumers see the short range of the vehicles as a major downside.

Japanese researchers have driven an experimental electric car more than 1,000 kilometres around a track, but the two German firms, lekker Energie and DBM Energy, said their vehicle was the furthest travelled by an everyday car.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government aims to have one million electric cars on the road by 2020, but Germany's car giants have been slow off the starting grid and are now scrambling to catch up with their Asian rivals.

Luxury carmaker BMW and Europe's biggest manufacturer Volkswagen have both said they intend to launch their first vehicles in 2013.

In contrast, last week, Japan's Nissan said it had started mass producing its Leaf electric car and is poised to put it on sale both at home and in the United States.

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Nevertheless, Berlin has offered sweeteners to jump-start its national champions and hopes that by 2050, gas-guzzlers could be a thing of the past.

"Let the message go out to the world. Germany is again a technological leader," said Brüderle.


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10:48 October 26, 2010 by jamano
"Let the message go out to the world. Germany is again a technological leader," said Brüderle.

German automakers were unable to introduce a hybrid model. Now they are years behind Japan in electro cars. Even Smart EV is scheduled for 2012. What technological leadership is Brüderle dreaming of?
11:58 October 26, 2010 by marimay
Unable to? Haha, please...

What's the point when their turbo diesels still had better gas mileage than the over-hyped hybrids the stupid Americans fell for. lolz

Turbo diesel is finally being brought to america's attention at least, although 20 years too late.

But, lets not get into why that is... ;)
12:22 October 26, 2010 by jamano
It's not about mileage only. It's about technological leadership. One thing leades to another.

Besides, what happened to the widely acclaimed diesel hybrids?
12:53 October 26, 2010 by SRaab
@ mari may sük dic

America has around 310,563,000 people, I really don´t think they are all as stupid as you.

What does America have to do with this anyway???
13:00 October 26, 2010 by marimay
Nice argument...
13:09 October 26, 2010 by catjones
Wonder why the Leaf isn't being sold in Germany. Oops, sorry, forgot about the monopolies and protectionism.
14:57 October 26, 2010 by ron1amr
I wonder how long the journey took and how fast they were travelling. Regardless very impressive. I dream of having an electric work car and bike. I carry equipment and feel guilty always driving an emission vehicle. With global warming there is more heat so more solar panels are in order to charge up these electric vehicles. And not having to listen to the noise pollution of fossil powered vehicles. Imagine where I live they don't allow roosters but hearing the cars to me is a lot more annoying that hearing a rooster at sunrise time to get up. Its peoples politics that is so absurd. Well done and keep up the good work.
15:01 October 26, 2010 by Clapoti
It's pretty good... although I wonder how many batteries is needed and how long it takes to charge them.

And it's a nice achievements, and the production of the electricity to charge the batteries probably pollutes less than if the car was petrol or diesel powered, but it would pollute even less if Germany would finally step up and replace the coal plants that produces more than 50% of the electricity in Germany and would research safer Nuclear energy production instead of the ugly and not so efficient windmill that are spreading in what was once the nice country landscape of Germany.
22:55 October 29, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
Excellent news.

Energy-wise, electric motors are 5 times more efficient than internal combustion engines.

Of course mass transport is vastly more efficient than the private vehicle. Thus a Nissan Patrol 4WD carries 5 passengers at 17 litres per 100 km whereas a Siemens Combino electric tram has a capacity of 190 pasengers and runs at 16 litres oil energy equivalent oer 100 km.

Of course as pointed out above, electric vehicles would pollute even less if fossil fuel-based electricity was replaced with renewable energy. The Australian engineering team Beyond Zero Emissions has recently launched its Zero Carbon Australia 2020 (ZCA2020) Report that details how sunny Australia can achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020 for a cost of US $370 billion and a combination of wind power (40%) and Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) with molten salts energy storage for 24/7, baseload operation. Not so sunny Germany will need a different renewables mix (although its per capita solar energy capacity is 10 times that of climate criminal Australia, one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) polluters).

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Founding Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and Professor, Potsdam and Oxford Universities) states that the world must reduce CO2 polution to zero by 2050 in order to have a 67% probability of avoiding a catastrophic 2 degree C temperature increase (EU policy and a conservative proposition: would you board a plane if it had a 33% chance of crashing?) Schellnhuber's analysis and the assumption that "all men are created equal" means that high GHG pollution countries like Australia - Domestic plus Exported GHG polution 54 tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year and rising as compared to Germany's 12 - must reduce CO2 pollution to zero by 2020 whereas Germany would only need to get to zero by 2032 (see Schellnhuber, "Terra quasi-icognita: beyond the 2oC line").

We are running out of time.
13:32 November 3, 2010 by pwoff
DrGideonPolya is, as is usual with the fanatical "we are running out of time" squad, high on statistics but low on objectivity.

He says electric motors are 5 times more efficient than IC engine and quotes the Nissan Patrol's fuel consumption against the Tram. These vehicles were not designed for the same purpose.

My Ford Focus has a fuel consumption of 5.6 l/km and carries 5 people. It is obviously much more efficient than the Nissan on the autobahn, but not very good at carrying 5 people with shooting or fishing equipment across the unmade roads of the moors of Northern England on a snowy winter¦#39;s day. Some people need such vehicles for their day to day lives.

No. If he has chosen the comparisons in the rest of his comment with the same impartiality I think we should treat the whole thing with a modicum of scepticism.
02:57 February 22, 2011 by chinaeu
very exciting news.

please find our electric car:

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