The record-breaking distance of 311.18 miles (500.8 km) was achieved by Webfleet-sponsored drivers Kevin Booker, Sam Clarke and Fergal McGrath in a FIAT 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.
‘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 Records 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.’