By Drew Johnson
Monday, Aug 15th, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
 
Range anxiety remains one of the biggest hurdles facing electric vehicles today, but a German team has demonstrated that might not be the case for long, with their experimental "Schluckspecht" EV traveling over 1,000 miles on a single charge.

Developed through a partnership between Pforzheim University, the Fraunhofer Institut EMI and the University of Offenburg, the Schluckspecht - which loosely translates to "heavy drinker" - was able to travel 1013 miles on a single charge, smashing the previous EV record of 623 miles.

The record-setting run was conducted at Bosch's test track located in Boxberg. A total of four drivers completed the 36 hour and 12 minute journey, with a camera crew and officials from the European TÜV Süd monitoring the entire event.

Designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, the Schluckspecht features some unique engineering tricks that aided in its 1,000+ mile run. The EV's light-weight chassis utilizes two in-wheel hub motors, eliminating the need for the space typically reserved for a motor and gearbox. That design features allowed engineers to create an even slipperier body design, further enhancing the car's overall range.

The Schluckspecht's on-board power is provided by 14 lithium-cobalt battery packs.

The Schluckspecht project has been 14 years in the making, with the team committed to further development. The team says its goal is to develop new vehicle technologies well ahead of market demand.

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