The Aiways U5 sets a Guinness World Record for the longest EV road trip
The U5 is an electric SUV prototype made by Aiways, a Chinese start-up, and it just set a certified Guinness World Record for the longest journey by an electric vehicle after driving 9,334 miles (15,022 km) on an epic road trip from China to Frankfurt, Germany.
The journey began in Xi’an, a county of the Shanxi province in China on July 17 and the car reached Frankfurt on September 7 after crossing 12 countries following the ancient Silk Road route. This would've been a gruelling journey in any vehicle and obviously, the ultimate purpose was to prove that EVs can be utilized for longer trips in different circumstances and road conditions.
The prototypes were driven across China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland before reaching the final destination in Frankfurt. Along the way, the convoy had to tackle the Chinese Gobi Desert, the Kazakh Steppe and the Southern Ural Mountains.
Aiways engineers had optimized the U5’s charging abilities to make sure it was compatible with different charging standards and voltages. The battery pack was under constant monitoring by the engineers, along with the electric motor and the suspension. Because of the lack of infrastructure in certain parts of the route, the team had to rely on low voltage charges overnight but the convoy eventually managed to reach Frankfurt after 53 days.
The SUV promises a range of 286 miles (460 km) and comes with an electric unit making 140 kW / 188 hp and 315 Nm of torque, a 65 kWh battery pack, smartphone connectivity and every safety feature you'd reasonably expect from a mid-size SUV.
Aiways has recently obtained European homologation and approval for the U5 and the vehicle is expected to go on sale in Europe in 2020.