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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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RE: OK
By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/2014 11:36:47 AM , Rating: -1
So tired of the self aggrandizing Tesla media machine, glorifying every move no matter how routine or mundane.

So they crutched the car cross country using a singular route they designated for Supercharger availability, permitting no deviations?

Wow..grats.


RE: OK
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.


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

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.


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

Where? From your own post:
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=34141...
quote:
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.


RE: OK
By Reclaimer77 on 2/4/14, Rating: 0
RE: OK
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?


RE: OK
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:
http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=...
Especially new car buyers, who are more affluent than the general public.


RE: OK
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.


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