Christmas Day Electric Vehicle Distance Record

On December 25, 1985, a pair of young men would make a Christmas to remember by being the first people in history to drive the farthest on a single battery charged vehicle.

During the 1980’s electric vehicles were something that was considered to be nothing more than a concept.

While automakers were trying to be innovative and find alternatives to a regular fuel powered vehicle, the thought that an electric vehicle would someday be the way of the future was unfathomable.

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Creating a car that ran on electricity instead of gasoline was more of a novelty than anything in 1985. However, soon a dynamic duo would prove otherwise.

World Record for Longest EV Distance Travelled on a Single Charge

On Christmas day in 1985, David Turner and Tim Pickhard drove a fully electric vehicle known as the Rover Leyland Sherpa from Lands End in England to a town called John O’Groats in Scotland.

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The trip was intended to prove that electric vehicles were not as impractical as many engineers and car makers made them out to be. Also, it was to test how far they could drive on a single, solitary charge in an SUV.

The unlikely duo managed to traverse a whopping 1408 kilometres (875 miles for our metric readers), and that’s more than most vehicles get on a single charge today.

Despite the fact that we have the ultra-efficient Tesla battery and motors in today’s EV market, the traditional and first electric Lucas Motor is what surpassed expectations when it powered the Rover Leyland Sherpa to drive such a distance.

The EV Movement in Metro Vancouver, BC


The trip that Turner and Pickhard made from England to Scotland was one that would be pivotal in getting automakers to move away from gasoline-powered vehicles and fossil fuels in general and put their efforts into producing electric vehicles that were more functional and practical in today’s world.

As a result, the entire world is now moving towards a greener future, especially in Metro Vancouver. For anyone who lives in the Metro Vancouver area, you know that electric vehicles are a movement that is constantly moving forward with great momentum.

And while automakers are innovatively creating electric vehicles with more creature comforts, better infotainment systems and GPS navigation, and faster charging speeds, all consumers really want is a better range per charge.

If you’re considering buying a new EV or hybrid vehicle to help reduce your gas consumption, consider some of the models listed below. They offer the furthest range off of a single charge. However, while you may save on gas costs, you’ll pay a bit more upfront with their premium vehicle sticker prices.

EV’s with the Longest Driving Range Per Charge Are:

  • Kia EV6
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Lucid Air
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS
  • Tesla Model 3 & S
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E & Ford F-150 Lighting
  • Rivian R1S
  • BMW iX

Fortunately, if you’re thinking about trading in your current gas-powered vehicle for a much more environmentally friendly hybrid or EV, think Cash For Cars BC instead. We offer the MOST cash for cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Cash for Cars in Vancouver, BC

We are the leading used car buying company in all of the Lower Mainland, not just Metro Vancouver. However, Vancouver is definitely one of our busiest car buying locations.

If you’re considering selling your car, truck, SUV, van, motorcycle, or any other type of vehicle that you’re currently driving, consider selling it to Cash For Cars BC. We offer the MOST cash for cars in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.

Plus, when you choose our car buying services, you’re choosing to simplify the process of selling your car. Why? Because we handle all the paperwork, we come to you, and NOBODY Pays More!

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Cash for Hybrids and EV’s in the Lower Mainland

Perhaps you aren’t looking to make the switch from gas to electric. Maybe you’re already driving an electric vehicle but are considering getting into something new. We can also help facilitate the sale of your EV or hybrid vehicle.

Cash For Cars BC is always looking to buy hybrid and EV’s in all of the areas we service, regardless of their age or condition. In fact, we even buy our fair share of hybrid’s that are scrap due to accidents, fires, or floods.

If you’d like to find out how much cash you can get for your electric vehicle, give our team of used car buyers in Vancouver a call. We can usually make same day appointments to come see your car in person.

We Buy All Types of Vehicles for the MOST Cash

From broken-down minivans to daily drivers with REALLY high kilometres, to brand new supercars, we truly buy them all! No other used car buyer offers more cash for cars than we do, nor do they buy vehicles in any condition like we do.

We Are Always Looking to Buy:

  • Cars – Compact cars, family sedans, luxury sedans, coupes, convertibles, hybrids, EVs, station wagons, scrap cars, imports, economy cars
  • Trucks – Super duty, heavy duty, light duty, EV, work trucks, 1-ton trucks, 4×4’s, import trucks, scrap trucks
  • Vans – Minivans, cargo vans, work vans, panel vans, campervans, converted cargo vans, junk vans
  • SUVs – Crossovers, 4×4’s, hybrids, 3-row seaters, scrap SUVs
  • Motorcycles and Powersport Vehicles – Cruisers, sport bikes, trikes, Harley Davidsons, ATVs, UTVs, quads, side-by-sides, dune buggies, snowmobiles, dirt bikes

Part of what makes us better than all the other car buyers in Metro Vancouver is our ability to be so diverse and so easily adaptable to our customers’ needs. From junk cars to supercars, we buy them all!

How Much Cash Can I Get for My Car?

If you’d like to find out how much cash we pay for cars, give us a call or send us a text. We base our offers uniquely, as each vehicle that we buy is similarly unique.


Every car, truck, SUV, van, or motorcycle has a different history in many regards. Some have been in accidents, others have exceptionally high kilometres, while others have barely been used. Unlike some online car buying companies, our offers are NOT generic and are NOT generated by an algorithm.

Talk to one of our car buyers today to get a free and instant quote on your vehicle.

For older vehicles or vehicles with damage, we can usually present you with an offer right over the phone. For newer vehicles, we do require seeing them in person first. However, this can be done 7 days a week, during the day or in the evening, and around your schedule. We even work on most statutory holidays!

Contact Our Car Buying Team Today

Give us a call and provide us with the make, model, year, and condition of the car you are selling. Then, let us know the location of your vehicle so that we can arrange for an in-person appraisal. And don’t worry, our car buyers always come to you!

Once we see your vehicle firsthand, we can make you an instant cash offer on it. If you accept our offer, we’ll handle all the paperwork, pay you cash in hand, then leave with your vehicle. It’s that simple!

Call, text, or email us today. You’ll be glad you did! And Merry Christmas!!!

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