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Student-built Electric Car Sets World Record
August 6, 2014

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A group of Australian university students could give Tesla a run for its money.

Tesla, the well-known manufacturer of electric cars, had the world record speed of 45 mph on a single battery charge. That record is no more, the victim of a 60mph average speed recorded over a single-battery-charge run performed by the Sunswift eVe, built by a group of students at the University of New South Wales, in Australia.

The "trip" took place on a circuit, a 2.6-mile route at the Australian Automotive Research Centre in Victoria (one of Australia's states/territories). Two drivers took turns piloting the car around 120 laps of the route, for a total of 310 miles.

The two-seat eVe can be recharged by plugging in to a standard wall outlet or by making use of the solar panels on the car's hood and roof. A total recharge requires eight hours. The motor uses as much power as a kitchen toaster.

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