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Tesla Motors recently completed its summer cross country road trip, from San Francisco to the Big Apple, in its Model S electric sedan. While that is slow going for most electric vehicles, the Model S can drive up to 300 miles on a full charge, depending on options. It can go even further under some driving patterns – using the 2-cycle EPA testing method with 55 percent city driving and 45 percent highway, the high-end Model S with an 85-kWh battery pack was able to go 320 miles on a full charge. "With this kind of range and a full charge, this sedan is unstoppable!" the company says in a new video of the Model S in NYC you can watch below.

Eventually, there will be more of the Tesla Supercharger fast chargers stations to make a cross-country trip even easier. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, the 30-minute Supercharger experience can be a good fit for passengers to stop and take a break, get a bite to eat before getting back on the highway for three more hours of driving. We are still early in the Supercharger deployment process (i.e., none of the stations are active yet, even if a half-dozen are already installed), so Model S drivers moving from San Francisco to NYC today will need to access a map of public charging stations and be ready for serious downtime during charging sessions.

What's next? Tesla says it will continue the Model S journey worldwide offering "the world a chance to see, drive and experience the car of the 21st Century." Somehow, we assume more videos of the car in interesting locations will be involved.



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      Grendal
      • 2 Months Ago
      I'm with Rotation that Tesla needs to drop the 300 mile range and in this case mentioning 320 miles. Is it possible to get that much? Sure. But not with your average driver driving in a standard way. They should stick with the EPA 265 mile range and live with it. It's a good number and a workable number for most people.
        markrogo
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        To be honest, Grendal, I agree with you on what they should claim and disagree on the larger issue: At that range, it stops being enough for a lot of us in California. If the range is 265 with A/C off and 70-mph driving, we're facing too many choices to go hassle free around our admittedly large state. This problem is solved by another 20% of range, I suspect and really goes away forever with a "500 mile" battery, but in the short run, it's more "can I really live only with an EV?" kind of stuff.
      A_Guy
      • 2 Months Ago
      I'm willing to bet the director of this video is a fan of Forza. It has a similar feel and style to the car showcase in Forza (3 and 4). Excellent choice of music.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Now if only they could produce more than 10 a day...
      Rotation
      • 2 Months Ago
      The difference with the 2-cycle testing isn't so much the presence of only 2 cycles, it's that in the customer-facint EPA tests the driver is assumed to drive more aggressively and with amenities (A/C primarily) on. I firmly believe that perpetuating the unrealistic 300 (let alone 320) mile number isn't good for EVs, it isn't good for Tesla in the end. A pretty normal driver will get about 265 miles in extended range mode, and a bit less in the normal mode Tesla recommends you use. This is still a lot of range, but something customers can expect to reach more frequently.
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        I know we've done this before but I really think that Tesla are just being honest about the range of ranges drivers might see themselves. I am certain that their thinking goes like this: All of our customers are desperate for any and all data about the car so let's give it to them SO we tell the public about all the different numbers that are being achieved. I am also positive that Tesla aren't thinking about long-term EV adoption when speaking only about range. But Tesla's entire existence is to promote EV adoption so even if you are right Rotation the effects of 'lower' overall range will be tiny at most. Plus, they aren't the only ones saying the ModelS does more than 265 miles. They are simply giving all the customers who have 'bought' a car sight unseen as much info as they can, when they get it, to sate the appetites of the loyal and faithful. Your claim of damage done to EV'dom seems so minute in relation to what Tesla are achieving overall. You might be offended by Tesla's openness and be a ticked-off customer (if you became one) but no one who has it deposits down has ever cried foul like you because they know this isn't just another piece of consumer garbage, it is the first attempt at changing the car his so these early customers matter most. None of these numbers are promises (which is why that verdict against Honda will be thrown out, aside from ref lash issues) and the early adopters know this best. By the time the general public gets to buy them those ambitious numbers will be verified. The low EPA estimates are going to be proved wrong.
          Rotation
          • 2 Months Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Yes, Tesla are the ones saying the Model S does more than 265 miles. http://www.teslamotors.com/models/features#/performance No, I don't think that not meeting expectations is a minute issue. It doesn't matter if they are promises. I agree you are right that early adopters won't beef, but Tesla has aspirations of selling to the broad public, not just those willing to put up with EV quirks. And I have a friend with a deposit down who is saying the same thing as me. The low EPA estimates are not going to be proved wrong, they already have been proved correct, by Tesla and others. http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/model-s-efficiency-and-range If you drive 65mph, even with the A/C off and a brand new pack, you're going to get 265, not 300 miles. And again, this is all in range mode. Tesla tells you not to use range mode frequently because it wears the battery pack out quicker than the suggested normal mode. And since you have to pick the mode when charging, not driving, that means if you don't know ahead of time that you are going to need the extra range ahead of time, you aren't going to get it.
      throwback
      • 2 Months Ago
      Could have picked a nicer color.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Months Ago
        @throwback
        You know you have won when your critics can only complain about the color.
          throwback
          • 2 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Of course I must be critic as opposed to someone who just does not like white cars. It's a beautifully designed car that shows much better in dark colors. Just so you know I am a fan of Tesla, they are an American company building cars in the USA. I can't afford their cars but I did buy a tee shirt 2 years ago to "help out".
          Grendal
          • 2 Months Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I'm up to three shirts. Two of their nicest polos and one of their basic polos. All are very comfortable.
        Ryan
        • 2 Months Ago
        @throwback
        It would have been better if the sky was blue or they had found some trees with colorful leaves for a little color. But I would take one in white.
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