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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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Volt would make it easily.
By foxalopex on 2/5/2014 3:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
The funny part about all this is despite Elron's comments on the disadvantages of the Volt. The Volt could easily do a cross country trip at about 40 mpg. I did a cross country trip last summer well in the 3000 mile range. I even ended up getting a bit of "free power" by asking for permission to plugin at the motel I stayed at (20-40 miles at highway speeds on a topped up battery). No superchargers or waiting for the car to charge. Then when I returned home my daily use meant the Volt was completely EV and the remaining 1/4 tank of gas lasted until the winter when the car burns fuel to generate more heat. Being a heavier car it's more stable on the highway than my former Corolla and the torque from the electrical motor made it easy to pass most cars on uphills.




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