23/05/2024
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Students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an ultra-light electric vehicle that surpasses the current record for longest range on a single charge. With a remarkable distance of over 2,500 km, this vehicle breaks the previous record of 1,608.54 km and outperforms high-end electric cars like the Lucid Air, which has a range of over 805 km.

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Muc022 electric car. Photo: TUfast Eco.

The recently manufactured electric vehicle model is named Muc022. It boasts an aerodynamic design and runs on a 15.5 kWh battery pack, providing ample power. Additionally, it features a single-seat configuration, accommodating one passenger.

Last week, the students from the TUfast Eco group at TUM embarked on a seven-day endeavor at the Munich Mobility car show. Their aim was to establish a new record by driving a distance exceeding 2,500 km in a single day. To eliminate any potential effects of adverse weather conditions, they carried out their driving activities within the sheltered environment of the hangar provided by Munich airport. However, despite their dedicated efforts, they were unable to surpass the 2,500 km mark within the designated time frame.

The students at TUM successfully covered the distance using just a 15.5 kWh battery pack, which translates to a energy consumption rate of 0.6 kWh/100 km. This is significantly lower than the current average of electric vehicles, which stands at 13 kWh/100 km.

Last year, students at TUM developed Muc022 specifically for competitions. This vehicle features a sleek, elongated body that is diagonally beveled like a water drop, resulting in an impressive drag coefficient of 0.159. This makes it the most aerodynamically efficient vehicle on the market, surpassing even the Lightyear 0 solar electric vehicle.

Muc022 is an incredibly lightweight vehicle, tipping the scales at just 170 kg (excluding the driver). Its two electric motors possess a maximum capacity of 440W, yet during its record-setting runs, they only operate at 400W.