Panasonic® put its EVOLTA Batteries through the Hawaii Triathlon Course
Panasonic, a world leader in consumer electronics, tested the strength of its EVOLTA batteries in a rather unconventional way, yet again. The fourth and the latest challenge in the series (which included climbing rope to the top of The Great Canyon, lapping on the Le Mans race track for 24 hours non-stop, and enduring the long and treacherous journey through 53 stations of Tokaido in 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively) has been termed the EVOLTA World Challenge IV. For this challenge, triad of EVOLTA robots, designed by the renowned designer Tomotaka Takahashi and his team, completed the dreadfully rigorous Ironman Trialthlon course on Hawaii Island.
Panasonic has issued a press release with regard to this challenge. According to the press release, the EVOLTA World Challenge IV started at 12:00 pm on October 23, 2011. The challenge involved covering a distance of 230 kilometers, running non-stop for 24 hours (discounting the amount of time needed to recharge the batteries), and reaching the finishing line within one week. The event saw the participation of three different robots, specially designed for the challenge. The event was divided into three stages. The first stage of the event was a 3.8 km swimming task, the second was a 180 km bike ride, and the third was a 42.5 km running challenge.
The company claims that the EVOLTA batteries can be charged up to 1,800 times without affecting its performance.