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Electric car runs record setting: 807 miles on one charge

Electric car runs record setting: 807 miles on one charge

The four-driver team including former Dakar Rally driver Kenjiro Shinozuka (second from left) celebrate as they set a record Friday for distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single battery charge in Akita Prefecture.

A Japanese team set a world record Friday for distance traveled by an electric vehicle on a single battery charge, running 807 miles on a course.

The four-driver team included Kenjiro Shinozuka, 64, who in 1997 became the first Japanese driver to win the Dakar Rally.

The team said it plans to file a request with Guinness World Records for recognition of the feat, which eclipsed the previous mark.

The drivers used a remodeled Every minivehicle from Suzuki Motor Corp., equipped with a lithium-ion battery, to navigate the 15.5 miles-long course in the village of Ogata as JapanTimes said.

The four took turns at the wheel to drive the vehicle day and night at speeds of around 18 mph.

The team was scheduled to start the attempt Tuesday but was forced to postpone it for a day due to snowy weather.




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