It's now officially official. The Daihatsu Mira Van that was electrified by the Japan EV Club has had its 555.6 kilometer (345.23 miles) run recognized by the Guinness World Book of Records as the the longest journey by a non-solar electric vehicle without recharging. The kei conversion relied a 74 kWh (!) pack consisting of 8,320 cylindrical Sanyo lithium batteries very neatly integrated into the floor of the vehicle (right) to take it all the way from Tokyo to Osaka.

If you just happen to be in Japan (or are very well-off and have an open calender), the Mira EV will be at the Tsukuba Circuit on the 3rd of May for the Japan EV Club's "Exciting GoGo! EV RACE 2010" event. Rides will be available in the record holder as well as an Mitsubishi i MiEV. A brief press release awaits you after the break as well as a (Japanese language with no sub-titles) video of an interview with Club founder and driver Tadashi Tateuchi.

[Source: Japan EV Club via DVice]


SANYO Lithium-ion Battery Systems Contribute to Achieve Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Mira EV*
EV powered by SANYO's batteries traveled a distance of 555.6 km without recharging!

Tokyo, April 21, 2010 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO) is pleased announce that the travel distance of 555.6 km by Mira EV powered by SANYO lithium-ion battery systems has been officially recognized as the longest journey by electric vehicle without recharging by the Guinness World Records.

This trial run was provided by Japan Electric Vehicle Club (Japan EV Club) and implemented by driving the Mira EV from Tokyo to Osaka, Japan on November 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.

While continuing to improve its lithium-ion battery technology, SANYO is contributing towards the realization of a low carbon society.

Outline of the Guinness World Record

Trial run date: November 17, 2009

Route: From Nihonbashi, Tokyo to Nipponbashi, Osaka, Japan

Travel distance (without recharging): 555.6km

Vehicle: Mira EV

SANYO lithium-ion battery systems housed in Mira EV

Number of batteries: 8320 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries (18650-type)

Rating: 240.5V - 294Ah

Total energy: Approx. 50kWh (Max: Approx. 74kWh)

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