8 Aug 23

Webfleet sets new record for eLCV single-charge driving distance

Webfleet sets new record for eLCV single-charge driving distance

A new Guinness World Records title has been set for driving an eLCV the furthest on a single charge. Webfleet, Bridgestone’s fleet management solution, broke the previous record for the greatest distance travelled by an electric van on a single charge – 311.18 miles (500.8 km). 

The previous record of 258.85 miles was set in the USA. This new record highlights the potential of eLCVs if driven correctly for the conditions. Webfleet’s drivers for the attempt: Kevin Booker, Sam Clarke and Fergal McGrath, already hold records for fuel economy driving in petrol and diesel vehicles. 

In this case, the vehicle was an unmodified FIAT E-Scudo, a compact van with a 75kWh battery and WLTP rating of 205 miles. The van was fitted with Bridgestone Duravis tyres, considered a critical component in the world record attempt, offering outstanding mileage and low rolling resistance. 

The record attempt was achieved on a circular route on urban and rural roads across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire in the UK to replicate real-world conditions. The journey was performed during daylight hours and took 13hrs and 9 minutes. It was also independently verified by the AA (Automobile Association). 

Demonstrating new capabilities of electric vans

“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.

The record demonstrates not only the capabilities of electric vans and advanced Bridgestone tyre technology for businesses and urban mobility but also the impact 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.”

If you’re involved in purchasing, leasing or operating commercial van fleets and are thinking of embarking on or about to embark on the electrification journey, don’t miss our LCV Expert Day to get valuable tips and advice. 

Image caption: (L-R) Glenn Pollard, Guinness World Records Adjudicator; Sam Clarke; Fergal McGrath and Kevin Booker.

Authored by: Alison Pittaway