The plug-in aficionados of the Japan Electric Vehicle Club hit the track this weekend in a Daihatsu Mira Van with a 74 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery to see how far they could go on a charge. The last time the crew attempted this, in November 2009, they managed to squeeze out 345 miles before running out juice.
Daihatsu Mira Van
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.