A 1972 Volkswagen Beetle, converted to electric drive by the University of British Columbia Electric Car Club, has completed the first all-electric drive across mainland Canada. The 6,500 kilometer (4,039 mile) trip took two weeks, and was done without any accompanying support vehicles.
With an electricity cost of about $3 per 300 km, the entire trip only used about $65 worth of electricity. The vehicle's batteries are able to be recharged in about 4 hours.
The vehicle uses lithium iron phosphate batteries for power storage and also has regenerative braking capability. Traveling at 50 kmh (31 mph) the vehicle has a range of 550 kilometers (341 miles), and it will travel 300 kilometers (186 miles) at 100 kmh (62 mph).
written by Debug the World, September 13, 2010
written by Global Energy, September 15, 2010
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