A Tesla Roadster competing in this week's annual running of the Australian Global Green Challenge event has established what appears to be the official new record distance record for an electric production vehicle. Driven by owner Simon Hackett and Emilis Prelgauskas, it traveled 510 kilometers -- 313 miles -- on a single charge during the leg from Alice Springs in the Australian Northern Territory to the end of the stage at a point 183 kilometers north of Coober Pedy, in South Australia. Hackett says the car reportedly had three about three more miles of charge on board when it arrived at that point. The existing claimed record for a production EV was a 241-mile mark set by another Tesla Roadster that took part in the Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives back in April. That car reportedly finished the distance with an estimated 38 miles left on its charge meter.

Now in its 10th year, the Australian Global Green Challenge is widely recognized as one of the world's premier econo events for production, prototype and experimental vehicles. Encompassing a distance of over 3,000 kilometers from Darwin to Adeliade, it traverses the heart of the country/continent as it wends its way through the grueling "Outback." Both experienced glider pilots, Hackett and Pregauskas say they used the same kind of energy conservation techniques on this ground-bound odyssey to fully exploit the potential range of their ride. The event will conclude later this week.

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