• Jun 28th 2010 at 9:57AM
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Tesla Roadster London to Land's End road trip – Click above for high-res image gallery

Recently, Vauxhall sent an Ampera – that's the Chevy Volt with a strong British accent – on a 170-mile press release promenade and declared that they were undertaking, and we quote, the "longest single road trip ever for an electric vehicle in the UK." Putting aside the fact that 130 of those miles would be spent consuming E85 and that the Racing Green Endurance team had already completed both a 264 mile double-lap trip around London and a similarly lengthy trip to Paris before the Vauxhall junket, someone else made a real-life road trip even earlier in the month. Of course, they might be forgiven for being unaware of this odyssey since it wasn't trumpeted by a press release. It was merely the culmination of one Tesla fan's desire to spend some quality time with the vehicle he had long admired, the Tesla Roadster. While it didn't make headlines, a lengthy account of this jaunt did make it onto the internetz and so we share it with you.

The short version goes something like this. Super-fan David Peilow somehow talked Tesla into letting him take possession of a Roadster for a few days. Combining work with pleasure, he motored on down to Land's End – the iconic southern-most tip of the main British Isle – and back, meeting friends and family members along the way. Many rides were given and many minds were changed. As well as being on the receiving end of stranger's cameras on the road, David took full advantage of his matte-black-wrapped loaner's photogenic nature himself, finding many opportunities to snap images for his own collection – a selection of which await you in the gallery below. You can read a full accounting of the 772-mile trek here (take that, 170!) and tell us where you would take the Tesla on a road trip in the comments after the break.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Where would I take a Tesla on a road trip? It would be fun to do a 3,000-mile trip from Seattle to San Diego and back. In fact, that sounded like so much fun, I already did it: http://blogs.pluginamerica.org/outreach/2010/04/tesla-trippin.html

      It's actually a pretty good car for a long trip. Comfortable. Next time I might wait until a little later in the year so I don't hit snow in the passes, though.

      Charging stations made the trip a joy. Where there were no charging stations, there were a few challenges, but it's still obviously quite possible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love that car... I hadn't seen that graph before, looks like even at my average highway speed of 65, I'd get 200 miles out of it. Around town though, 350-400 miles, is awesome! The cost to charge for me per mile would be less than half what i pay to drive my Fit, which I average about 40 mpg in. Of course the Tesla costs about 5 1/2 times what my Fit cost, but still awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd also be surprised if the Ampera's 130 extra miles were on E85. While the engine may be able to use it, finding it for sale is another matter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not a trip up the Alaska Highway? If Smart could take a massive press junket all the way to Inuvik on the Beaufort Sea, I'm pretty sure someone could manage to get a Tesla all the way to Fairbanks...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ummm fewer electric outlets?
      • 5 Years Ago
      When we read the headline, are we supposed to believe it was done on one charge? Once you read the original article, of course, you see that it was plugged in many times. No wonder it wasn't trumpeted by a press release. What would it say? "Alternative Energy Vehicle Actually Transports Human Beyond the Oft-Quoted 40-mile Average Daily Commute." Huzzah.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Were they trying to save weight by not painting the car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, it's been somewhat popular for the last few years.
        http://jalopnik.com/tag/matte-black/
        Maybe it's only a fad, but I like it better than bright orange which seemed to be all the rage 2 years ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That particular car is actually painted red. It has a matte-black vinyl wrap over it; Tesla was testing the color, and it turns out that people did like it: they got some orders for it right away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People will pay for a car with just primer?
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