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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 flyingpants1 on 2/4/2014 3:45:18 PM , Rating: 1
Holy fuck, are you serious? All supercharger trips are 100% free.


RE: No mention of cost
By scook9 on 2/4/2014 4:05:33 PM , Rating: 2
A) For now and B) there is a thing called charging somewhere else if you are not on the one route where they exist


RE: No mention of cost
By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 4:04:20 AM , Rating: 2
A) No, they'll be free forever, and most likely for all future Tesla vehicles. The power consumed is offset by solar, and the cost of solar is offset by the $2000 supercharging option in each car.

B) 2015: http://i.imgur.com/OiVPzn4.jpg (and all of western Europe covered as well)


RE: No mention of cost
By StormyKnight on 2/4/2014 11:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
And if all those cars did battery swaps from L.A. to NY, realistically what kind of bill are they looking at if they don't drive back?


RE: No mention of cost
By flyingpants1 on 2/5/2014 4:18:20 AM , Rating: 2
Battery swaps were never intended to be at every station. They will be placed at the most popular routes. The first trial will be placed between LA and SF. I'm guessing most people will not bother.

If you never pick up your original battery, you will have the option to have it shipped to you. No idea what the bill for this would be, but I'm guessing no more than a couple hundred.


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