Press release: 1st eRUDA 2013


Electric vehicle TWIKE drives over 500 km without recharging. Second place achieved Tesla Roadster with 418km.


June 2nd 2013


At the first eRUDA, a German electric vehicle rally, TWIKE factory pilot Wolfgang Moescheid won the range contest with over 500km electric driving without recharging the batteries. The challenger Robert Haring on Tesla Roadster finished the competition with an outstanding 418 km range.


Over 100 electric vehicles attended the first eRUDA on the 29th and 30th of June 2013. In two special tests all participants could show their abilities in range and everyday application.


The team “TWIKE Pilot” won the range record with overwhelming 510km and took first place as well in the categories “Vehicle with highest mileage” (192,000 miles) and “Team with most total miles” (962,000 kilometers). Since the overall rating is based very much on the number of attending vehicles of a team, the team “TWIKE Pilot” was the overall winner with participating 16 TWIKEs.


The battery, which enabled the range record, is a TWIKE series battery. For the last seven years it has already been used in several hundred vehicles in smaller battery packs. The battery consists of high quality cells from Sony, which are assembled in Germany for TWIKE by the company BMZ. Due to the smaller cell size of the 2007 introduced Sony battery, the luggage compartment of the TWIKE could even be enlarged. Usually, two to five battery packs get installed with 5.6 Ah cells. Since April 2013 battery packs with five 7.6 Ah cells are available allowing ranges of more than 300 km. For the eRUDA range test, BMZ has now delivered battery packs with 7 × 7.6 Ah, that enable a capacity of around 18.5 kWh.


Among the participating vehicles of the eRUDA were registered: TWIKE, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model S, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Opel Ampera, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Renault Twizy, ZOE, Fluence, Peugeot iOn and CityEl.


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The vehicle
The TWIKE is a two seated three-wheeled electric vehicle plus luggage space. With a consumption of 5 kWh / 100 km it is one of the most efficient e-vehicles. The TWIKE reaches a top speed of 85 km / h and is therefore well suited as an everyday vehicle. The acceleration is remarkable as it boats an unexpected performance that often results in surprised facial expressions. Furthermore, this vehicle is a human power hybrid as it combines an electric motor with a pedal unit allowing the pilots to contribute, without any performance pressure, his fitness ambitions. Thus, a TWIKE includes the unique opportunity to improve your fitness during daily trips. Please note that all range data refer to pure electric driving without additional muscle force.


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