The students of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an electric car which has just break the world record for autonomy. The model called “ Muc022 » traveled 2,573 kilometers on a single charge. This is almost 1,000 kilometers more than the previous record already established by a TUM team.
A range of 2,573 kilometers
It’s official: the electric car with the longest range in the world comes from Munich. On the sidelines of the IAA mobility fair held in the Bavarian capital a few days ago, TUM students competed to achieve a new world record. The challenge was held at Munich airport. For six days, the young people slept on camp beds in an aircraft hangar.
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This race felt more like a marathon than a sprint. The students developed the “ Muc022 », a model whose aerodynamics have been worked down to the smallest detail. To cover these 2,573 kilometers, the TUfast Eco team also made the car lighter and installed a battery with a power of 15.5 kWh. The goal was to beat the previous record which was 1,608 kilometers.
An incredible consumption of 0.6 kWh/100 km
When the record was broken, the students realized that the battery of their electric car still had room to break down. They therefore decided to continue until reaching these famous 2,573 kilometers. The statistics from this test are impressive: the electric vehicle consumed only 0.6 kWh/100 km. In comparison, the most economical production cars consume around 13 kWh/100 km.
It must be said that the Muc022 weighs only 75 kilos. With the battery, the total weight of the electric car comes to 170 kilograms. The model’s PSM motor only has a power of 400 watts. In 2016, Munich students had already set the world record for the most efficient electric car, consuming only 0.81 kWh/100 km. Record broken in 2023 by the Muc022.
Markus Blume, Minister of State for Science and the Arts, congratulated the students. He says to himself “ proud of our great university, which demands and encourages a pioneering mindset. At TUM, the motto is: study and try. The result: the international art of engineering made in Bavaria “. He believes that with this world record, the students are not only showing sporting ambition, but that it is rather the start of an adventure for “ shaping the future of mobility sustainably ».
Inspiring car manufacturers
TUM students are also interested in autonomous driving technologies. In general, research groups and student initiatives are a real tradition at TUM. Teams like TUfast Eco give learners “ the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies “. It is also a way to help manufacturers evolve.
Indeed, student initiatives can give ideas to car manufacturers. At the end of August, students from the TU/ecomotive team at Eindhoven University of Technology rethought the car manufacturing cycle. They managed to reduce CO2 emissions during the production process by a third. Result of the experiment: the Eterna model, a revolutionary modular vehicle.
We feel that a new generation of engineers is on the rise. One that places efficiency at the center of consideration. They are thinking differently and preparing to transform the automobile industry. As Stijn Plekkenpol, director of the TU/ecomotive team in Eindhoven, recalls, “ the earth does not offer unlimited resources, so the solution lies in more efficient use of materials ».
The modular vehicle manufactured by Dutch students will also tour Europe. Objective: meet players in the automotive industry (notably Ford and Ferrari), visit universities and participate in several events. They were just at the IAA mobility fair in Munich.
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