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Old 08-17-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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A German car nicknamed "heavy drinker" or “boozer” has set a new record for electric vehicle stamina: 1,013 miles on a single charge. The single-seat vehicle’s aerodynamic shape, with the motors integrated into the wheel hubs, helped the car accomplish this feat.
The bizarre-looking car took 36 hours and 12 minutes to complete its journey, driving around a text track at Bosch’s Boxburg Proving Ground in Boxburg, Germany.


The Schluckspecht E was developed at Germany’s University of Applied Sciences in Offenburg, in collaboration with other academic groups including the Fraunhofer Institute. The same team has been building car prototypes for more than a decade, and last year took a previous iteration of the Schluckspecht E for a 389-mile ride on South African streets.

The car gets its name from the team’s first car in 1998, which was too much of a gas guzzler to do very well in car competitions. Schluckspecht translates as “gobbler,” “heavy drinker” or “boozer” in colloquial German, according to the Austrian environmental news site Oekonews, which first reported the car’s success over the weekend.

The car only seats one person and is not exactly built for comfort, but its innovative design could be a new leap forward in EV performance. Instead of an internal engine and transmission, the car has two wheel-mounted hub motors, which the Schluckspecht team first developed five years ago. Several groups are developing production engines based on this design, Oekonews reports, including the University of Offenburg working with the firm Evomotiv.

Engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics built the car’s featherweight chassis, designed especially for EVs. The car has 14 lithium-cobalt battery packs, providing 23 kilowatt hours of battery capacity. It moves at just 28 MPH, but the tradeoff is stamina — a major hurdle for electric vehicles in this country and Europe.

The Schluckspecht record beats a previous record of 623.23 miles in 27.5 hours, set by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club in May 2010. With that range — and frankly, with that terrific name — the car could have a bright future as an electric commuter vehicle. Now if they could make it just look normal.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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I think it looks pretty normal compared to some of the experimental contraptions that also make the news.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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I've never understood how they compare to each other. I don't see that in a lot of the articles. Does the 1,000 mile vehicle have the same charge as the 623 mile vehicle? Did it use less energy, have larger batteries, or some combinations of the two? There are other things I wouldn't expect to be the same. Weight difference, for example, is part of the design and completely fair.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:01 PM   #4
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who cares about how far it can go on a single charge when it'll take you hours to get to your destination? what good does being able to drive 1000 miles on a single charge do when it takes nearly 2 days to cover that distance? i guess it's great if you're ok with being passed, honked at, or nearly run over for causing a traffic jam on your own.

how about they take it up to 55mph and see how far it can go?

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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how about they take it up to 55mph and see how far it can go?
Because then they'd have to admit that the technology still has a long ways to go before it can legitimately compete with liquid dinosaurs.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:38 AM   #6
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Thats an average speed less than 30mph. Congratulations to them for their accomplishment, but it really doesn't improve the viability of pure battery powered vehicles.
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Unless they are city folk.

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These sorts of things are just to give engineering undergrad and master's students something to do. They get to practice some skills and get a headline about their work.
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give me a plug in that has a 500 mile range at 80mph and isn't 50k+ and i'd consider it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #10
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give me a plug in that has a 500 mile range at 80mph and isn't 50k+ and i'd consider it.
Why? It would actually be doable, but you still would take forever to recharge. Do you drive exactly 500 miles on a regular basis? If not then it is a silly idea. You should probably specific battery electric vehicle as well, when you say plug in people might think PHEV which would be insanely foolish at 500 miles on electricity only.
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