Quick Note: Tesla Employees Complete LA to NY Trip Using Model S Sedans, Superchargers
February 4, 2014 10:44 AM
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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
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
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
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2/4/2014 1:51:44 PM
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.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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