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Published on August 24th, 2012 | by James Ayre


Battery-Swapping Electric Vehicle Sets 24-Hour Record: 1,170 Miles

August 24th, 2012 by  

A new record has been set for the longest distance covered by a battery-swapping electric vehicle in 24-hours, 1,170 miles. That’s pretty impressive for an electric car, and makes a good argument for battery swapping as a good solution to the challenge of EV charging.


The record was done by going fifteen-and-a-half times around a 75.6-mile loop on public roads between Port Melbourne and Geelong, in Victoria, Australia, in a Holden Commodore EV developed by EV Engineering.

EV Engineering calls itself a “a consortium of Australian automotive suppliers and industry participants that has designed and built seven proof-of-concept electric Holden Commodores. Holden is the GM subsidiary in Australia. The Commodore had a run of 15 consecutive years as Australia’s best-selling automobile model that was broken just last year.”


The main contributor to the record-breaking drive was in the use of battery swapping. Using an EV that is designed for the procedure, the battery can be switched in a couple of minutes, having its drained battery replaced quickly with a charged one. Even using the fastest available charging stations, it can take up to 30 minutes to receive a full charge.

The downside of a swapping station, though, is that it’s a considerably more expensive investment — it costs around $500,000, while a fast-charging station is between $25,000 and $40,000.

“When we began the project to develop a proof-of-concept electric Commodore, it was critical that we incorporate ground-breaking battery switch technology,” Ian McCleave, CEO of EV Engineering, said in a statement. “That’s what got us across the line. We were able to quickly switch our depleted battery for a fully charged one, so we didn’t have to park and plug in in order to recharge. We were able to just drive, switch, and keep going.”

Source: GreenTechGrid
Image Credits: EV Engineering 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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