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'Boozer' electric vehicle sets world record for longest drive.

Washington, Aug 23 (ANI): An experimental electric vehicle, dubbed the "Schluckspecht" (German word for "boozer"), has set the record for the longest drive achieved by an electric vehicle on a single battery charge.

Designed by a team of developers at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, the Schluckspecht E travelled for 36 hours and 12 minutes.

Four drivers worked in shifts, piloting the vehicle at just over 28 miles per hour.

The record was set at the Bosch corporate test track in Boxberg, Germany earlier this month.

Team Schluckspecht's achievement is largely due to ultra light chassis design, replacing the car's base plate with a lighter frame developed at the Fraunhofer Institute.

The one-seat vehicle has two wheel-mounted hub-motors and is powered by 14 individual lithium-cobalt battery packs.

The car got its drunken name because one of the team's first gasoline prototypes was a gas-guzzler.

"The first car we built was really a heavy drinker, we ran out of fuel before the finish line," Discovery News quoted Ulrich Hochberg, one of the project's leaders, as telling Deutsche Welle. (ANI)

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