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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 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.


RE: OK
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.


RE: OK
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE81S26XG8c

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.


RE: OK
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.


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