A Tesla Roadster finished the entire, 390km-long Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives without even draining its battery.
The current distance record, a 600km run completed by a Solectria Sunrise, is technically longer than the Tesla's 390km achievement. But the Tesla's battery showed about 60km worth of juice left in the battery, which, would take the total distance up to 450km. The Tesla roadster bested a modified Porsche 911 and several of Mitsubishi's new crop of electric vehicles.
We should note that the Tesla was driven by a company staffer, who surely knows every trick to getting the best mileage out of the Roadster. The course consists of windy mountain roads in addition to standard highway driving, so the average speed was only about 45kph, with a high of about 90kph. Still, a nearly 400km range is a serious achievement for an electric car in production. [Reg Hardware]