The Aiways U5 sets a Guinness World Record for the longest EV road trip

Over 9,000 miles across 12 countries.

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.

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Comments (16)

  • Wow. I've done 6500km in 6 days with my Model S. I could've broken that record so easily..

      1 year ago
    • And that's with 4 people on a relaxed roadtrip. Not like driving 14 hours a day and being stressed all the time.

        1 year ago
  • How many charging breaks were needed? Average speed?

    Anyways, 53 days for this distance?

    Pure EV is not the right way, combine it with hydrogen cells and I´m with you.

      1 year ago
    • Fuel cell is inefficient and expensive. Stop struggling.

        1 year ago
    • It will have to go that way in the end as lithium is not that plentiful .

        1 year ago
  • I bet that we will never hear about this company ever again!

      1 year ago
  • 246 miles, then how long to recharge? Carrying what sort of load? EV technology will be useful when hydrogen cells are perfected.

      1 year ago
    • What load and range do you expect? This is a family van, not a Tesla.

        1 year ago
  • I’ve decided that I hate suv,s or people carriers or what ever they are called these days with a passion, I want estates back! (Station wagon if you like) perhaps a shooting brake or two, I bet that you can get more kit in them when you go off doing sporty stuff

      1 year ago