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FIA Recognises University Of NSW's Electric Speed Record Claim Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Oct, 24 2014 | 2 Comments

It’s official: the new speed record for an electric vehicle set by the University Of New South Wales has been recognised by the FIA.

In July, the UNSW team attempted to break a 26-year-old record for the fastest EV over a distance of 500km; set at 73km/h.

The team was playing its cards close to its chest in July, only revealing that it had broken the 100km/h barrier as it waited for the nod of approval from the FIA.

Now we can reveal the new record has been officially set at 106.966km/h over the 500km.

Driving the Sunswift eVe, the new mark was set at the Australian Automotive Research Centre at Anglesea near Geelong in Victoria, and has become the first FIA record set in Australia since 1984 (set in a production-based petrol-powered sedan).

Over 100 undergraduate students from UNSW contributed to the world record attempt over the past two years.

Following the record attempt in July, the team announced its next challenge was preparing the eVe to be road registered, and Sunswift’s project director Hayden Smith said that process begins now.

“eVe will now be taken off the road for a few months to begin the transformation,” Mr Smith said.

“We've always wanted to keep pushing the cultural change towards electric vehicles, and this is another big step in that direction.”

Mr Smith said the Sunswift eVe could be registered and driving around city streets within a year.

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