In a summer of negative natural world records caused by climate change, a trio of drivers in the UK broke three new records to raise awareness for e-mobility and eco-driving. Their formula: detailed planning and testing, enduring enthusiasm, and support from one of the world’s leading car manufacturers.
Fergal McGrath (Ireland), Kevin Booker (UK), and Adam Wood (UK) drove an all-electric Mustang Mach-E on the famous route of John o’ Groats to Land’s End (between the two extremities on the island of Great Britain).
The journey broke three Guinness World Records titles for driving from John o’ Groats to Land’s End in an electric car:
- Lowest energy consumption – 9,500.796 W.hrs/100km
- Shortest charging time – 43 minutes and 13 seconds
- Fewest charge stops – 1
The first attempt – for lowest energy consumption – took place on 3-4 July 2021. Kevin Booker and Fergal McGrath were joined by BBC South transport correspondent Paul Clifton (UK). The 840-mile (1,350 km) journey lasted 27 hours. To save energy, the air con and the radio were turned off. The team drove through rain, wind, and sunshine, with the BBC documenting the entire adventure.
The second attempt happened on 31 August-1 September 2021. The trio of McGrath, Booker, and Wood managed to break two other new records – for shortest charging time and fewest charge stops.