Czech scooter company AKUMOTO is claiming to have set a world record for the longest distance covered by an electric scooter in 24 hours. The endurance run was made during European Mobility Week, the 19-20th of September 2011, at the Prague Strašnice. The team rode the electric scooter 1136.3 kilometers, or 706 miles, which is the distance from Prague to Paris. They consumed 40.8 kilowatt-hours of electricity, at a cost of Kč 190, around €8, in terms of normal electricity prices.
“The aim of the action was to demonstrate the traveling qualities and uses of electric scooters,” said AKUMOTO’s sales manager Lukáš Drahovzal. “Given that modern electric scooters in principle have exchangeable batteries, we were interested in learning just how far electric scooters could go in a set period,” he added, saying that the final result was beyond their most optimistic forecasts.
Their scooter design is on the smaller end of the scale and uses a “three pole brushless motor” embedded in the rear wheel. They don’t publish spec’s on their website like speed, range, motor power, or battery pack capacity. However the design includes regenerative braking, and most importantly for this endurance run the battery pack is easily swappable.
The battery pack is a small unit with a handle that fits under the seat. Hence one method to recharge the bike is to stop, open the seat, pull out the battery pack, and insert a new one. No word on whether there’s a network of stations at which you can swap battery packs. However during the 24 hour endurance event they clearly would have utilized the quick swap capability of the bike to keep the bike on the track, while keeping several packs freshly charged in the pit area.
Assuming the pack capacity is a fairly typical 4 kwh, they would have swapped packs 10-15 times during the 24 hours.
This isn’t the first endurance test with electric bikes. In April 2009 Zero Motorcycles ran an 24 hour endurance race at a dirt bike track in South San Jose, CA. In that case they also relied on quickly swapped battery packs to keep bikes on the track. Not to diminish AKUMOTO’s achievement, but to remember our history.
- Apple using Tesla Megapack energy storage at California Flats solar farm - April 1, 2021
- Tesla Supercharger network finally expanding into Romania - March 31, 2021
- Volkswagen USA LIED about changing its name to Voltswagen - March 31, 2021
- Apple moving 110 suppliers to renewable energy solutions - March 31, 2021
- BMW makes deal for lithium sourced from salt lakes in Argentina - March 30, 2021
- Kia introduces EV6, with 500 km range, ultra-fast 800v charging - March 30, 2021
- Volkswagen renames itself Voltswagen to demonstrate EV embrace - March 30, 2021
- Big Lie: Wind turbines cause Texas to freeze during massive winter storm - February 17, 2021
- Shell announces shift to renewable energy, peak oil production in 2019 - February 16, 2021
- Electric Last Mile Solutions seeks to electrify delivery van market - February 12, 2021