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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. theverge.com
On Friday, a Tesla club in Italy announced that they had driven a Tesla Model S 100D 670 miles on a single charge — a new record distance.

Tesla Owners Italia tweeted the news Friday with a photo of the vehicle display and a small explanation: “1078 km - 669.83 miles with Tesla ModelS 100D in a single charge by Tesla Owners Italy-Ticino-San Marino #teslarecord.”

Based on the photo of the display, it took 98.4 kWh of energy to go 670 miles, nearly double the usual efficiency of a Model S, which is 300 Wh/mi. For a watts per mile explanation, check out this forum.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk celebrated the accomplishment on Twitter Saturday, announcing that it was a new record for electric cars. “Congratulations Tesla Owners Italia!!” he said. inverse.com
Ford topped analysts expectations on Wednesday, and raised its full year forecast, after a strong performance from its financing arm and sales of its F-Series and other trucks.

Earnings were also improved by favorable tax rates.

The company said second-quarter net income of $2 billion was flat with the year ago.

On a per share basis, net earnings rose to 51 cents from 49 cents a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, Ford earned 56 cents a share, which outpaced analysts estimates of 43 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.

"This quarter shows the underlying health of our company with strong products like F-Series and commercial vehicles around the world, but we have opportunity to deliver even more," said recently appointed CEO Jim Hackett. cnbc.com