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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: No mention of cost
By Dr K on 2/4/2014 2:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
I also like to look at it based on economics. Here are a couple of additional considerations that make the Tesla less attractive: First, purchase price -- you can by a very capable, similarly sized vehicle and save much, much more in purchase cost than the $5800 you calculate in lifetime fuel savings for the Tesla. Second, battery replacement -- these suckers are extremely expensive and just their replacement cost may ALSO exceed the $5800 saved in fuel costs.
Now on the plus side, technologies are not stagnant. The auto industry is spending lots of money on battery technology, light weighting (like the Ford F150) etc. The US gov't is also funding R&D to improve efficiency of vehicles -- DOE is about to spend $50 million this year to award new technology efforts on the same sorts of automotive technologies. The result is that, for batteries for example, they will continue to improve in capability while the price continues to drop, and likely there will be dramatic changes in both over the next 5 to 10 years (factor of 3 in each?) given the large amount of money/effort being invested.


RE: No mention of cost
By scook9 on 2/4/2014 3:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
I acknowledge that as-is the Model S is not economical to an average sedan but the same math and efficiencies should apply to a $30k 150 mile ranged EV making it much more interesting. The cost of a replacement battery will be interesting as we do not have a good figure for either their cost or endurance at this point. It is probably safe to assume though that these would not be more expensive than the maintenance of an ICE powered vehicle over its lifetime.


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