- Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3, Roger Schroer
- 549.4 kilometre(s) per hour
- United States (Bonneville Salt Flats)
The highest average speed achieved for an electric vehicle is 549.211 km/h (341.264 mph) over a two-way flying mile by the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3. This car was designed and built by engineering students at The Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in partnership with French electric car designers Venturi. It was driven by Roger Schroer (USA) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, on 19 September 2016. The record was ratified by the FIA in Nov 2017 as the land speed record for Category A, Group VIII (Electrical Engine), Class 8 (3,500–4,000 kg [7,716–8,818 lb]).
On its first run, the Buckeye Bullet hit a top speed of 576 km/h (358 mph), but FIA rules require that all land speed records be based on the average of two runs made in opposite directions within 60 minutes.
The first Buckeye Bullet was built in 2004. It reached speeds of around 500 km/h (300 mph) but failed to break any world records. It was succeeded by the Hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered Buckeye Bullet 2 (which set the team's first world records in 2009 and 2010) and the Li-ion battery powered Buckeye Bullet 2.5, which made incremental improvements on its predecessor. The current version is designed for a top speed of 400 mph (643 km/h), but several years of poor conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats have limited its performance.