A team of electric car enthusiasts have broken a Guinness World Record as they drove electric cars from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a record-breaking 25 hours and 41 minutes, shaving 2 hours and 5 minutes off the previous record.
Colliers International, alongside Smooth Radio and Rybrook BMW Warwick, came together to take on the challenge which saw the team set off from Land’s End at 2pm on Sunday 31 July, travelling 886 miles to arrive in John O’Groats at 3:41pm on Monday 1 August, in record-breaking time.
The team is also hopeful of securing a second world record for travelling the distance in the shortest charge time. The team estimates they have achieved this in under five hours but are awaiting official confirmation.
The Rybrook BMW dealership in Warwick donated two electric BMW i3 models for the record attempt; the full electric version (BEV) and the range extended version (REx), alongside a support vehicle. The route was carefully mapped out to allow for the maximum number of miles to be covered from each battery charge.
On the result, Simon Summerby-Bent, who came up with the idea for the world record attempt, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to have reached our goal of breaking a world record for the fastest ‘end to end’ drive in an electric car.
With typical UK traffic hold-ups, broken charging points and missing keys testing us along the way, it was certainly no easy challenge but we managed make it to John O’Groats, shaving 2 hours and 5 minutes off the previous record. We really had to work as a team to make it, all cars were in constant contact throughout the drive, informing each other of issues and potential pitfalls along the way. It’s great to have beaten the record whilst raising funds for some fantastic local charities in the process.”
Following the death of his mother last November, after a 20-year battle with a brain tumour. Simon was looking for a challenge that would allow him to continue his mother’s fundraising legacy and raise additional funds for The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Charity, which managed her treatment.
As an early adopter of electric cars, Simon wanted to incorporate his passion for this increasingly popular form of transportation into the challenge and came up with the idea of testing the capabilities of the BMW i3, showcasing the model as a comfortable, economic and environmentally friendly form of transport that is not limited to short journeys.
The team of nine included: Colleagues Simon Summerby-Bent, Emel Ahmet and Charlie Roberton; Nigel Freshman and Kenny Mach from Smooth Radio; Matthew Trevaskis from Ecodrive; and Richard Dean, Helen Dean and Sam Smith from Rybrook BMW Warwick.
In addition to raising funds for The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Charity, the team is also supporting Global’s Make Some Noise and Whizz Kids.
The team is aiming for a fundraising target of £50,000 and there is still time to donate here.
Well done guys!!!