Dutch students claim electric acceleration world record

Not content with having set the world record for speed cycling recently, students at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), in the Netherlands, have also succeeded in setting a new world record for the fastest acceleration in an electric car.

The ultra-light DUT-12

Their 0-60 mph time, achieved at Valkenburg airport recently, was 2.15 seconds, beating the previous record of 2.68 seconds by a comfortable margin. The vehicle, the ultra-light DUT-12 which was originally designed for the Formula Student electric vehicle racing competition, was driven by 24-year-old TU Delft student Marly Kuipers for the record attempt.