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.
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.
The Japan EV Club drove a Mitsubishi i MiEV and a Subaru R1e from Tokyo to Hokkaido in the week before the G8 summit, for their "Challenge and Charge" event. Now they are sharing stats about the cars' electrical consumption and CO2 emissions and comparing them to a (presumably) typical Japanese gasoline car.