Italian Tesla drivers set distance record on a single charge

A team of Italian Tesla owners have established a new “hypermilling” record, driving a Model S 100D 1078 kilometers (about 670 miles) on a single charge.

The record beats one that set by a Model S P100D that drove 560 miles on a single charge in Belgium in June 2017.

Hypermiling is a technique used to conserve gas (or in this case, electricity) which involves driving at a low, consistent speed with minimal use of the vehicle’s brakes.

Following word of the June record, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that hitting 1000 km on a single charge should be possible.

The company’s official club in Italy, Tesla Owners Club Italia, took up the challenge.

They used a normal production vehicle outfitted with low rolling resistance tires with the air conditioning turned off.