SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) announced today that an EV powered by a SANYO lithium-ion battery pack that covered 345 miles (556 km) in Japan in November of 2009 on a single charge has been officially recognized as having completed the longest journey by an electric vehicle without recharging by Guinness World Records.
The November trial run was sponsored by Japan Electric Vehicle Club (Japan EV Club) and implemented by driving a Mira EV from Tokyo to Osaka, Japan on Nov. 17, 2009. The SANYO lithium-ion battery systems housed in the Mira EV were designed by assembling 8320 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries (18650-type) which are normally used in laptops etc. Mira EV is an electric vehicle converted by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club.
In a press release, SANYO does not indicate how long it took to travel the 345 miles or what specific conditions — traffic, weather and otherwise — the Mira EV and its driver faced.
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