World Record: Electric Mustang smashes energy consumption record from John O’ Groats

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The Ford Mustang Mach-E travelled over 6.5 miles per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electrical energy used. The 840-mile journey was completed by BBC Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton and co-drivers Fergal McGrath and Kevin Booker.

They were supported by a team of AA patrols who provided protection to the car and acted as independent witnesses to verify the journey data.

The drive was used to show a new standard for driving efficiency in an electric car.

Edmund King, the president of the AA, praised the world record as a landmark achievement for electric cars.

He said: “It shows just how versatile electric cars can be.

“No longer can electric vehicles be cast as ‘just a car for local trips’, this record proves that long-distance journeys are possible.

“The situation will only get better as the range of electric cars improves, while more chargers with faster recharging technology are installed across the country.”

The government’s energy regulator, Ofgem, announced last week that more than 1,800 new charging points would be built around the UK.

This is part of a £200 million investment to help accelerate the future of electric vehicles.


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Ben Sheridan, the AA patrol of the year, commented on the journey, calling it a ‘rollercoaster of emotions’.

He said: “Being part of a team there was no obstacle we couldn’t conquer, from keeping spirts high to giving each other the chance to take a break, we worked together with one common goal.

“It was nerve-wracking at times but so exciting when we made it to the finish line knowing we had likely set a new record.

“This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I’m very proud the AA was chosen to take part, not just for safety and assistance purposes but as independent adjudicators.”

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