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Electric car 'travels 1,000 km on single charge' .

An electric car in Japan has reportedly set a new world record by running for over 27 hours and covering more than 1,000 kilometres on a single charge.

The red and white Mira EV, fitted with special lithium ion battery created by Japanese company Sanyo, travelled at a speed of 40 kilometre per hour, as it drove non-stop around a car racing course in Shimotsuma for 27.5 hours covering 1,003 km without being recharged, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

A total of 17 different people took turns at the wheel of the electric car as it circled repeatedly around the race course during the experiment.

The test run was organised by the Japan Electric Vehicle Club which plans to request the Guinness World Records to officially recognise it as the world's longest electric car journey, the British newspaper quoted Japanese media reports.

The achievement is timely as Japan and other nations are bracing themselves for an electric car boom as car manufacturers race to produce competitive versions of the environmentally friendly vehicles.

The latest epic electric vehicle drive of over 1,000 km effortlessly beat the previous world record of uncharged driving 555.6 km, which was achieved last November by the same Japanese organisation.

Photo: Sanyo

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