• Jan 10, 2013
Kudos to Peter, Tina and Luba! After nearly 5,000 miles, they made it from Portland, OR to New York City in a Tesla Model S. One of the team tweeted upon arrival: "If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere and we made it! Electric Road Trip S successfully finished in NYC, final mileage 4887!"

The trip started December 26 and ended Monday, January 6. The group made a few stops along the way and enjoyed scenery in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and South Carolina before making their way up the East Coast.

Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd got their share of support from fans tweeting and reading their blog along the way. Their fans and followers included Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who Tweeted: "Nice story about a Model S coast to coast road trip. By end of year, it will be Superchargers all the way!"

The drivers supercharged in Hawthorne, CA, and visited the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA. The "Sunrise" (the team's nickname for their Model S) was charged at every type of station they could find, including Peter's custom-designed electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) multi-input unit while staying at an RV park in Corvalis, OR. Depending on how you calculate the "start," the trip certainly took a long time – Peter waited three years and 273 days after making the deposit for his Model S before he was able to pick up his car and hit the road. Good job, team!


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      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Day Ago
      I wonder what part of New Mexico they passed, did they go on I-40, through Gallup, Grants and Albuquerque?
      EZEE
      • 1 Day Ago
      Was it the road trip that arrived, or an actual car. Seriously Jon, you just had one job...
      Dave D
      • 1 Day Ago
      Out of curiosity, I wonder how much time they would have cut off their trip if there were fast chargers everywhere they needed. In other words, did they stop for the night anyway so it would have made no difference, or did it actually add two days to the trip because of charging delays, etc. Just wondering.
        stumpy
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dave D
        good question
        Ashton
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dave D
        I'm sure there was plenty of waiting time while it was charging. I like Musk's comment, and I hope he achieves it.
      imoore
      • 1 Day Ago
      I wonder which part of Alabama did they travel through? If it was along I20/59, they passed by me.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Day Ago
      that kind of trips is more virtual then real. A simple used toyota yaris of 1 000$ goes faster and longer for a better price then this car.
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Day Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        LOL!!, if I had to take a long road trip it would be in a luxury sedan not a little econobox... Good luck with living by price point.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Day Ago
      Great fun, and excellent publicity for Tesla and all EV's ! Although it may seem a little selfish, Elon Musk is perfectly entitled to provide his brand with proprietary Fast charging infrastructure. In comparison to the US, the UK has relatively little EV charging infrastructure. I recently found myself in a remote location low on charge capacity due to the cold weather and difficult road conditions. Fortunately, the UK has standard domestic 240 volt supply, and a sympathetic Inn-Keeper allowed me to charge in his garage, while I experienced the hospitality of a Inn more than 500 years old. While the experience is an example of how easily the charging problem can be overcome, it's also a testimonial to the versatility of the Volt/Ampera. Had I been driving an EREV instead of an EV, the problem wouldn't have arisen. But then I wouldn't have stopped in this remote village and found an early edition of an illustrated book on the 'Father of the Electric locomotive' Robert Davidson.
      apache4541
      • 1 Day Ago
      Hey I saw White Tesla Model S drive on 29 HWY Bertram, TX!