tesla la-ny coast to coast supercharger rallyRight now, two Tesla Model S EVs are crossing the US from Los Angeles to New York, hoping to be a big deal. Sure, a father-daughter team already claim they've made the cross-country drive, but this time, it's an official Tesla event and the company has its eyes on a Guinness World Record prize.

The drivers left the Tesla design studio in Hawthorne, Los Angeles at midnight last night, and the plan is to use the company's just-completed Supercharger network to achieve the "lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the United States." We didn't know that was a category, either. Tesla now has over 70 Supercharger stations in the US and all of them are free-to-use for Model S drivers, which is why you can follow along on this record attempt via Twitter using the #DriveFree tag.

As of early this morning, the teams made it to the Supercharger station in Kingman, AZ and posted this sunrise pic. We wish them safe travels – they will soon reach the snowy northern parts of the country since the current Supercharger route will take them through the upper Midwest on the way to the East Coast.


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      Marco Polo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well done Tesla ! Tesla's supercharging network is an amazing achievement that will become more, not less, significant as ESD ranges improve. Tesla's great achievements have only been made possible by the terrific outpouring of support by ordinary shareholders. Well done, those 'small investors' , who have made possible Tesla's massive capital base. Now here's my observation on the subject of trolling comments. 1) Anti-EV, anti-Tesla etc. These comment are not just valid criticisms of a new technologies problems or limitations, but annoying examples of hatred toward anything new and disruptive. Partly the comments are a reaction to the political or ideological advocacy of tesla/EV supporters. Such comments are best ignored. 2) Equally counter-productive rabid comments by EV/Tesla fans, who use the excuse of supporting EV technology to spout rabid political, or ideological nonsense, thereby provoking a bitter reaction. I'm sure both sides, would find themselves happier on enthusiast forums, where they are unlikely to create or receive, confrontation.
      Nick Kordich
      • 10 Months Ago
      Arrival tweet posted at 5:22 AM (PST), 2 Feb 2014 https://twitter.com/TeslaMotors/status/429968077120225281/photo/1 That's not the official arrival time, but should be close, and treating it as their arrival time gives us a trip time of 3 days, 4 hours and 42 minutes, or 76 hours and 42 minutes. As Superchargers fill in more direct routes and drivers attempt the trip with less publicity (to allow for speeding), we should see even lower times.
      James Hoyt
      • 10 Months Ago
      A 1971 chevy Vega that started the race at the same time has already finished.The Tesla S @ 4,741 Lbs THE ELECTRIC PIG!
        bluepongo1
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James Hoyt
        @ James Hoyt AGAIN, if the Model S is too heavy: Why did it go *" airborne"* ( from the story on ABG.) in the Mexico crash?
        jeff
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James Hoyt
        Has anyone else noticed that the quality of the post from the Trolls is really declining lately??? They use to at least try to make a valid point...
          Grendal
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jeff
          They've pretty much run out of any reasonable arguments against EVs. They've just lost another one. It was a pretty stupid argument to begin with though since most people take an airplane to get across the country. If you're going to do a road trip cross country to see the sights then just rent a car, which is easy, reasonable, and convenient nowadays. In another five years the argument will be completely gone. The Supercharger network will be in place and any location and landmark you would want to visit will have some sort of charger available.
        Grendal
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James Hoyt
        There are so many vehicles on the road with that much weight or more you couldn't count them. The brain is terrible thing to waste. They aren't racing to be the fastest against a gas car. They are racing to show that it can be done. You know what is the fastest and will beat any gas car? An Airplane.
          Marco Polo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          @ Grendal Not on a road ! I was once in an airplane that attempted to travel on a road, ....it didn't work out well :)
          Grendal
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          That's funny. Hopefully in your wilder younger days, Marco. After having children you need to lessen your thrillseeking. Your story does remind me of: My old business partner once said to me after a friend of his jumped out of a plane and had a fault with his parachute. He said, "It's probably a good idea to avoid having your hobby be something that when a mistake happens you die." That seemed like a very wise statement. In life, you invariably do something that can be dangerous or even deadly. While it will happen from time to time, you probably shouldn't make a habit of it. :)
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James Hoyt
        The Vega broke down how many times and needed how man services along the way? How much pollution did it spew along the way, especially after adding lead? How much money did it give to rich foreign oil nations? The trolls don't even troll very well anymore. Show me another full sized all electric car with real range that weighs less.
      soundman414
      • 10 Months Ago
      Let's do the math here... Approximately 2800 miles from NY to LA and around 265 miles per charge on a Tesla model S per their website. That's roughly 10-12 recharges. With every 100% charge taking up to 75 minutes per Tesla's website. So that equates to 12.5 - 15 hours of charging alone. As well as the roughly 41 hours quoted by Google Maps for the driving part. So basically an extra half a day for sitting around and watching your car charge!
        Grendal
        • 10 Months Ago
        @soundman414
        The route they are taking will be a lot more than 2800 miles.
        Sir Duke
        • 10 Months Ago
        @soundman414
        "So basically an extra half a day for sitting around and watching your car charge!" Yes, but only for the people who do not have a brain. For the thinking man/woman, some of that time will be spent sleeping, or eating and such things.
          JakeY
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          "Additionally, they're not likely going to do a 100% charge each time. They don't need to. The charge from 20% to 80% only takes around 20 minutes. It may be more time-efficient to charge that way." It IS more time-efficient to charge that way. This applies to all kinds of quick charging. Near the end of the charge, charging necessarily has to taper down (in order to avoid damaging the battery by overcharging). The frequently used analogy is filling up a bucket, you have to slow the flow down near the end if you don't want to overfill (but yet still want the bucket filled to the brim).
          soundman414
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          I am simply speaking in generalities. I understand that for most people they would stop and eat and sleep... But they are going for the Guinness record, which wouldn't likely include sleeping time.
          Aaron
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Additionally, they're not likely going to do a 100% charge each time. They don't need to. The charge from 20% to 80% only takes around 20 minutes. It may be more time-efficient to charge that way.
          Thereminator
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Yeah...just getting out and stretching your legs after a 200 mile run is a good thing!
          floorman56
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Sir Duke
          The one here in Rapid City is next to the mall But the ones east and west are Lusk Wy and Murdo sd not so much there.
        pmpjunkie01
        • 10 Months Ago
        @soundman414
        their route should be about 3500 miles. That makes it a 10 hour penalty for having to follow current superchargers. If they are going for least amount of charge time they will probably go a steady 55mph. At that speed the S has about 300 miles range and a 20min fast charge gets you 240 miles. Best case would be 15 charges or 5 hours charge time to New York. Since the chargers aren't spaced evenly they will have to take a hit on that. Since they have probably about 30 chargers along the way only a fool would charge to 100% every time.
      scott3
      • 10 Months Ago
      Tesla should build a camper that way you have a place to kill the charge time and sleep for the extra miles out of the way you have to drive to get to a Supercharger in the middle of America.
        jeff
        • 10 Months Ago
        @scott3
        I know you are just trolling, but they already have built a camper. If you lay the two seats down and run the front seats all the way forward you get an almost 7 foot flat floor... Add a sleeping bag and you have a camper with a nice stereo and HVAC system...
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @scott3
        What? Do go full retard. Don't ever go full retard! You realize these are located right off Interstates? You know, those huge highways that criss cross the US.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Unless it charges the batteries in less than 15 minutes, it will never beat a gas powered car.
        Grendal
        • 10 Months Ago
        "it will never beat a gas powered car." Why does it have to? Driving long distances is one of the weaknesses of an EV, but there are plenty of advantages as well. This is a race using new technology which, for it, is the worst possible situation. It will still do a great job and prove that it can be done very easily.
        Sir Duke
        • 10 Months Ago
        Never is a strong word. What if the power density of batteries is increased?. Let's take digital photography as an example. As a technologically oriented person, I was one of the waaay early adapters of digital photography. The "darkroom gang" were spewing the same nonsense, that digital photography will NEVER be as good as the best film cameras. The fight resulted in a 3rd round knockout in favor of digital. The argument is over.
        edward.stallings
        • 10 Months Ago
        It would have to do a lot better than that. It does not take 5 minutes to refuel a normal car.
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        Not the point. A gas powered car will never be as cheap to fuel for that trip either. What, $1000 less? Plus, now you need an oil change too. Add another stop to your trip back.
        itsme38269
        • 10 Months Ago
        Unless someone comes to your house to fill up your gas powered car every night without you having to go anywhere to do it, then sends you a bill at the end of the month for about 30 dollars for all the driving you did the whole month, it will never beat an EV.
        Gregg Alley
        • 10 Months Ago
        They have a battery swap option that takes 90 seconds. Is that fast enough for you?
      nocommie11
      • 10 Months Ago
      I love Tesla S but I also don't care about it's ability to cross country. If I want to travel cross country I'll just rent a car that I don't care if it gets damaged by road debris, paint chips, high miles, road salt, spilled drinks, ripe people on a road trip smell, etc.
      Ele Truk
      • 10 Months Ago
      "free-to-use for Model S drivers", not exactly. Free to all Model S drivers with SuperCharger option installed, so all P85s are free, but P60s have to pay extra for the SuperCharger option.
        360_AD
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ele Truk
        No such thing as a P60. There is the 60, 85 and P85.
        wtrmlnjuc
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Ele Truk
        The 60 kwH ones, do yes. But most will get it anyways.
      bluepongo1
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow, good news from Tesla Motors makes trolls more desperate, more ignorant, & more hateful. :-P
        jeff
        • 10 Months Ago
        @bluepongo1
        They are definitely running out of talking points...
          bluepongo1
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jeff
          @jeff They just repeat something their puppet masters tell them on every thread and don't discuss anything ... they don't want to learn.... example: @ James Hoyt & @ Dan F. I asked them why in the Mexico crash did the "too heavy" Model S go "airborne" ... no response. LOL!!!
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      Quite impressive.
      James
      • 10 Months Ago
      Coast to coast on coal.
        Joseph Brody
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James
        Better than oil, especial overseas oil that requires the US navy to spend billions a year paroling the oil shipping lanes around Iran.
          ElectricAvenue
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          "We can live on what we produce in the US and Canada" If by "can..." you mean "after drastically reducing oil use we can..." Canada produces 3.6 million barrels per day, the U.S. 10.1. That's 13.7 total. Current U.S. consumption is 18.9 million barrels per day. Current Canadian consumption is 2.3 million barrels per day. That's 21.2 total. In what universe is 13.7 > 21.2 ? (Data source: EIA)
          Grendal
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          @James Have you seen Dubai? Do you understand who helped pay for that fantasyland city? That was US money leaving the country to help pay for all that. All the Mercs, Lambos, and Ferraris driving around that city that you and I are footing the bill for. Electricity is generated right here in the USA. In some cases by coal plants but there are plenty of other ways as well and they are getting cleaner by the day. Oil and gas are not getting any cleaner. We are still not getting all our oil and gas from local sources. And guess what? Canada is still a foreign country.
          scott3
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          Wake up and understand the majority of our oil comes from here and Canada. More if someone would get off his ass and put in the pipe line before the Canadians start sending it to China. The main cause for our concern for middle east oil has to do to economic reasons as we are no longer on the gold standard and oil can affect the value of the dollar no matter how many EV car they build. So many people have no clue of the truth of how and why things are in the world. It is no wonder so many get so fooled by politicians and others.
          JakeY
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          @James "We can live on what we produce in the US and Canada without the help of the US Navy." Define the "we can live" part. Without overseas oil, our prices would be uncomfortably high. On the other hand, electricity is cheap and domestic.
          Joeviocoe
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          Scott... Canada is not "domestic". Canadians may be polite, but they are under no obligation to sell their oil to the U.S... or at the price we want to pay. If the Middle East were to slow production, Europe and Asia would demand more from Canadian producers and thus drive the price up for everyone. Oil is fungible... it matters very little "where" each barrel actually comes from, so as long as the economy is global.
          James
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          We can live on what we produce in the US and Canada without the help of the US Navy.
          JB
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Joseph Brody
          @James, I hope you like bike riding.
        Ele Truk
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James
        "Select stations utilize canopies covered with solar panels to offset energy use and provide shade. Over the next few years, we plan to cover more stations in sunny locales with solar canopies ". http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger So in reality it will be coast to coast on solar (and free to boot).
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James
        Coal is about 40% of nation wide power generation. Learn your facs http://phys.org/news/2013-07-coal-power.html
          Joeviocoe
          • 10 Months Ago
          It is projected to rise to 40% this year. Currently at 39% Still closer to 1/3rd rather than Half.
        m_2012
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James
        Another ignorant statement.
      Nicholas
      • 10 Months Ago
      This article sparked a pretty petty debate! Good for Tesla for creating an excellent car, a fantastic FREE charging network for most of its customers, and good for them for attempting to break an outstanding record. For the petty people, try arguing with your self prior to posting. Perhaps we'll all benefit from the result of you realizing your argument has no value.
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