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Tesla employees completed the trek in 76.5 hours

Last week, we brought you the news that Tesla Motors had “built out” its free Supercharger network to extend from coast-to-coast. Although the current cross-country route is extremely limited due to Supercharger locations, it is possible. 
To show that making the trek across the country is now viable, a crew of 15 drivers (all Tesla employees) drove two Model S sedans from Los Angeles to New York City. The team made the journey in just over 76 hours, covering a total distance of 3,464.5 miles. Total energy consumed by the cars during the trip: 1,197.8 kWh.

According to Tesla, the vehicles “recorded the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country,” which should be enough to secure a sport in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The ability to travel across the country using the route that YOU want — which is possible with a gasoline, diesel, or even a hybrid-engine vehicle — won't be viable until Tesla significantly boosts the number of Superchargers available. However, by 2015, crossing the country using just about any major route shouldn't be a problem for Tesla drivers.
You can read about Tesla’s cross-country trip on the company’s blog.

Source: Tesla Motors

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By Dr of crap on 2/4/2014 11:21:32 AM , Rating: -1
Whoppie, been done already.
Nothing here to see, just move on, thank you!

By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/14, Rating: -1
By Mint on 2/4/2014 12:22:29 PM , Rating: 3
And when do you think a car manufacturer will commit to that kind of infrastructure for hydrogen?

5 years? 10 years? Or will they never do it and just beg the gov't to build it for them?

Your favored fuel of the future isn't doing so well by comparison. It'll require an order of magnitude higher investment cost compared to what Tesla is doing.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/14, Rating: -1
By niva on 2/4/2014 12:54:09 PM , Rating: 3

You want to say they're not the solution for most of us yet. Pretty soon they will be the solution for most of us.

I have a 6.4L hemi, I love it, but I can see the writing on the wall.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/14, Rating: -1
By Mint on 2/4/2014 3:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
My favored fuel of the future is, of course, gasoline. Where did you get hydrogen?

Where? From your own post:
Hydrogen and biofuels, I believe, will be a reality in the near future.

Pure EVs aren't going to be a solution for most people, and I've never claimed that. PHEVs, OTOH, will.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/14, Rating: 0
By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 6:32:42 AM , Rating: 3
Well most people drive less than 30 miles/day, so how about charging once every week at any DC fast charge station?

By Mint on 2/26/2014 4:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
How is plugging in impractical? It takes less time and costs way less to plug in and out 5 times a week than to go to the gas station.

Yeah, some people don't have a garage, but most do:
Especially new car buyers, who are more affluent than the general public.

By FlyBri on 2/4/2014 4:43:35 PM , Rating: 1
They're a small start up car manufacturer trying to make electric cars viable. Of course they are going to glorify every move -- that's what they're supposed to do. (Hint: It's called Marketing!)

It's obviously going to take time to build up their supercharger network and grow as a company. Well, that should seem blindingly obvious, but I guess it isn't to some.

By vortmax2 on 2/4/2014 11:48:34 AM , Rating: 5
Don't be so quick to order to make electric vehicle long distance travel feasible, a network of charging stations need to become available. I applaud Tesla for pushing forward with this.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/14, Rating: 0
By Flunk on 2/4/2014 12:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
10% is being generous, from what I see driving down the road it's 1% or so.

By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/2014 12:41:19 PM , Rating: 1
argh, I meant top 10% income bracket. That came out wrong.

By Flunk on 2/4/2014 11:52:38 AM , Rating: 2
Would have been more entertaining if they had raced a 1979 Honda Civic. But we all know how that would have turned out.

By bah12 on 2/4/2014 12:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting, I'm sure a more fun experiment would be with a vintage Model T. It would be interesting to see if the Model T's 40ish MPH top speed and small gas tank would be enough to beat the Tesla. That would be a damaging blow, if your 2014 state of the art car took longer than one from 1908. I'll let someone else do the math. 10 Gallon Tank, roughly 40 MPH, and 13-21 MPG.

By bah12 on 2/4/2014 12:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well did the math, given 55 MPH 300 mile range and 30 min charge vs 40MPH 150 (10 gallon * 15 mpg) mile range and 5 min fuel. The tesla wins @ 68.7 hours vs 88.5 however you'd spend 5.7 hours fueling vs. only 1.9 on the Model T.

By bah12 on 2/4/2014 12:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
Before anyone goes off on a rant, yes the tesla could go faster than 55, but it would impact range. Those are the numbers off of their site, so I chose them as a best case. No data release on ho many 30 min quick charges you can do in a row afaik.

By philpoe on 2/4/2014 1:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that Tesla has already demonstrated that they can swap out an "empty" battery for a charged one in about 1.5 minutes. Faster than a gas tank fillup, and much faster than a supercharge session. They need to change their business model to allow for charging for the temporary use of a battery (kind like a propane tank) instead of owning it, reconditioning batteries after a certain number of charging cycles.

I imagine that Tesla would also very happily use their supercharger network to provide services to other full-electric vehicles like the Leaf or large-battery hybrids like Ford's Energi lineup. They could essentially get a unassailable foothold in the charging network market.

By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 6:22:57 AM , Rating: 2
You are right that going above 55mph will increase your charging time, but the extra charging time is more than offset by travelling faster.

Assuming we're driving the speed limit here, most people with an ICE will take at least 4 days to make a 2800-mile, 40-hr trip, driving about 10 hours/day, stopping for a break every 3-4 hours or so, and stopping at hotels to sleep at night.

Once the supercharging network is built out, it would be possible to make the same trip in a Model S in ~48.5 hours, or ~12 hours per day. And most of that extra time is supercharging time, which means time to relax, eat food, or go to the bathroom.

So, it's not perfect, but it's not anywhere near as bad as you'd think. And you save about $800-1000 in gas (return trip).

The number of people who would actually make such a trip is infinitesimal.

By M'n'M on 2/4/2014 12:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Or a 1915 Model T as C&D did but from the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex on Detroit’s Piquette Street to Nikola Tesla’s old Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, New York, on Long Island.

The T, with it's breakdowns, lost by just 1 hour to the 85 kWh S, without it's supercharging stations.

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