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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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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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