Webfleet, Bridgestone’s fleet management solution, has smashed the Guinness World Record title for the greatest distance travelled by an electric van on a single charge – 311.18 miles (500.8 km).
The record-breaking feat was achieved by Webfleet-sponsored drivers Kevin Booker, Sam Clarke and Fergal McGrath in a FIAT Professional E-Scudo, fitted with energy-efficient Bridgestone Duravis tyres.
Independently verified video footage, odometer, GPS and battery level data from Webfleet revealed that the compact van, with a 75kWh battery and a WLTP of 205 miles, averaged 4.5 miles per kilowatt hour (kWh) on a circular route across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
The journey took 13 hours and nine minutes during daylight hours. The FIAT E-Scudo needed no modifications and the route combined urban and rural roads to replicate ‘real world’ conditions.
The E-Scudo was specifically chosen for the challenge thanks to its best-in-class range and comfort-first design, which features measures such as a car-like driving position and top-level soundproofing, to minimise jolts and vibrations.
“This remarkable achievement is testimony to the determination and technological ingenuity of all those involved,” said Beverley Wise, Webfleet Regional Director for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions.
“We’re thrilled to have become a Guinness World Record title holder. The previous record of 258.85 miles was set in the US, bringing it to the UK is symbolic of our nationwide commitment to become a global leader in e-mobility.
“The record demonstrates not only the capabilities of electric vans and advanced Bridgestone tyre technology for businesses and urban mobility, but also the impact that drivers can have on electric vehicle (EV) energy consumption.”
Taco van der Leij, Vice President Fleet Management Solutions Europe for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, said: “Connected EV data plays a vital role in electrifying mobility, enabling business fleets to monitor driver behaviour, compare their energy performance and even analyse kinetic energy recovered through regenerative braking to provide targeted coaching where it’s needed most.”
Webfleet’s chosen tyres for the attempt, Bridgestone Duravis tyres, were seen as a critical component in the world record attempt, offering outstanding mileage and low rolling resistance.
Damien Dally, Managing Director FIAT UK, said: “We are delighted that the FIAT E-Scudo has registered its first ever Guinness World Record title, and an impressive one at that as the furthest distance ever travelled by a van on a single charge.
“E-Scudo already has a range of 205 miles, which is perfect for businesses wanting to make the switch to electric, and this shows when driven efficiently just how much further the van can go beyond its WLTP range.”
McGrath and Booker both hold held previous records for petrol and diesel fuel economy and energy consumption in an electric car. They have now amassed six and four driving related Guinness World Records titles respectively, while Clarke has now successfully completed his first.
McGrath said: “The reduction of carbon emissions and improvement of air quality are among the highest priorities for governments all over the world, especially in cities where air pollution is the worst.
“We are seeing the recent expansion of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), for example, from 23rd August 2023. Trucks and vans are predominantly powered by diesel and so it is important that the transition to pure electric with zero tailpipe emissions is as smooth as possible.
“By achieving this Guinness World Record title, we are hoping to demonstrate that pure electric commercial vehicles can meet and exceed customer requirements in the real-world, especially in large towns and cities.”
Edmund King OBE, AA president, was delighted that the AA provided official adjudication and its leading EV support services for the record attempt.
He added: “A huge well done to the Webfleet team for achieving the Guinness World Record title and showing us what’s possible in terms of EV range and how drivers can impact range.
“The achievement is all the more impressive being conducted in a van. We know range anxiety is a concern for some drivers, so demonstrating how far electric vehicles can run on one charge is hugely positive.
“We’re proud to be the number one provider of EV support services for drivers, helping individuals and fleets alike embrace electrification with confidence, so it was fantastic to play our part in this World Record achievement.”
Photo caption: (L-R) Glenn Pollard, Guinness World Records Adjudicator; Sam Clarke; Fergal McGrath and Kevin Booker.