Twenty-seven states. 12,000 miles. Zero gasoline. Those are the headline numbers for the "Epic Electric American Road Trip" that ended in Venica, CA today, just in time for Earth Day. Norman Hajjar, the managing director of Recargo's driver research division, PlugInsights, made the journey in a stock Tesla Model S both as a way to draw attention to electric vehicles (he's trying to get Guinness World Record to verify that this was the longest vehicle journey ever taken using 100 percent electric power) and to show that long-distance road trips are possible even with today's charging infrastructure.

This was certainly a trip for an EV diehard, since it was made up of 109 hours of charging and 213 hours of driving. That leads to the second part of Hajjar's reason for driving criss-cross across the US: to "draw attention to needs for further improvement." You can relive the journey over at Plugshare or on Twitter.
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World Record-Breaking Electric Vehicle Journey Crosses Finish Line "Epic Electric American Road Trip" marks the longest ever journey made with zero fuel costs

VENICE, Calif., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today marks the completion of the record-setting Epic Electric American Road Trip, a 24-day, 12,183-mile battery-powered journey sponsored by electric vehicle (EV) software and information services company Recargo Inc. The trip is seeking Guinness World Record verification for longest vehicle journey ever taken using 100% electric power, and served to emphasize the possibilities of the nation's current electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Norman Hajjar, Managing Director of Recargo's driver research division, PlugInsights, crossed the finish line in a stock Tesla Model S sedan. At the trip's end, Norman has ventured across a 27-state route spanning the four corners of the lower 48 states: Washington, Maine, Florida, and California, ending at Recargo's offices in Venice, California. Hajjar took advantage of Tesla's newly built, proprietary string of cross-country "Supercharger" stations, in order to make the coast-to-coast electric venture.

"We wanted to illustrate what's possible with the nation's charging infrastructure, and draw attention to needs for further improvement," said Norman Hajjar. "The plausibility of a mass switch to EV usage in America simply can't be separated from the need for a robust fast-charging network. I've traveled over 12,000 miles in under 3.5 weeks. With the proper infrastructure, there's nothing an EV can't do."

Live updates from the road and photostreams were made available at roadtrip.plugshare.com, offering an interactive experience where viewers can pinpoint the vehicle's location, track its speed and energy usage, and interact with the driver using the @plugshare live Twitter feed and using the hashtag #EpicEVTrip.

Recargo's Epic Electric American Road Trip navigated via PlugShare, the company's widely used mobile app directory of public electric vehicle charging stations. PlugShare helps electric vehicle drivers pinpoint charging locations from a database of over 48,000 public charging stations worldwide. The Epic Electric American Road Trip was be powered by a new version of PlugShare.com for Tesla drivers, uniquely adapted to the Model S's 17" touch screen monitor.

About Recargo Inc.:
Recargo Inc. is a leading electric vehicle service provider that offers consumer and industry intelligence to support the adoption and growth of plug-in mobility. Recargo makes PlugShare, the world's most popular EV charging station locator app. PlugInsights is Recargo's driver research division, powered by a survey research panel of nearly 10,000 EV drivers. The company is based in Venice, CA, with offices in Menlo Park, CA. For more information about Recargo Inc. and the company's product offerings, visit http://www.recargo.com/ and follow @PlugShare on Twitter (#EpicEVTrip).


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      itsme38269
      • 1 Month Ago
      It may get the record, but someone else has done further. A Tesla Roadster was driven around the world 2 years ago by a Spanish guy: http://www.1e-race.com
      Jin Takemura
      • 1 Month Ago
      longest PLUG IN battery electric drive perhaps. but mercedes-benz drove three hydrogen fuel cell electric cars around the globe two years ago on a zero emissions 18,641 mile drive.
        BraveLil'Toaster
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jin Takemura
        That wasn't a zero emissions drive, because they would have had to take a caravan along with them for the fuel. There's next to no hydrogen fuelling stations in the world, and as such, a trip like this intending to use the existing infrastructure would go nowhere. It would basically be like that stunt that Mitsubishi did a few years back with their iMiev and the portable genset they had on the back of a truck, going across Canada. Thankfully, the UBC engineering team beat them in a converted 1973 VW Bug, only charging at RV campgrounds around the country.
        ElectricAvenue
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jin Takemura
        And how were they refuelled? If the refuelling stations weren't in place for the journey, then how is this different from going a long way on a repetitive course? If you want long road journeys powered purely by electricity, look at the tens of thousands of miles driven every year by pretty much every trolleybus in service. Or, heck, let's stretch the definition of "EV" to include electric trains, some of which go 320 km/h for hours every day. Or you could just accept the obvious category implicit here: longest single trip of a battery-electric car using existing charging infrastructure.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jin Takemura
        2,500 miles They flew via airplanes to different countries, and drove around a little bit. They only called it a "world drive" as a marketing/publicity stunt to confuse gullible people. Looks like they found another. http://www.emercedesbenz.com/autos/mercedes-benz/concept-vehicles/mercedes-benz-f-cell-world-drive-in-europe-legs-1-5/
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jin Takemura
        Eventually, they did drive enough miles to be "equivalent to a circumnavigation" at the latitude of Stuttgart Germany (48 deg 47') of 16,438 miles.... 18,641 miles. But they never actually circumnavigated, nor did they drive independently of H2 fueling trucks that followed.
        Snowdog
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jin Takemura
        You mean if you don't count the airplane to fly between legs of the journey or the diesel burned by the H2 tanker truck that was driving in convoy to actually fuel the car. Unlike that silly H2 "emissions free" circus that emitted more than gas powered cars, this run was self sufficient clean run.
      jeff
      • 1 Month Ago
      how about doing something more meaningful than proving YOU could do it? Smells of "look at me!" Seems a waste no one pledged $$ for your efforts (go to a charity). How about delivering 1000 lbs of food to a food bank? How about several dozen pairs of socks to a homeless shelter? I don't applaud this because it was soooo self-serving. BTW, how about me driving a 500k mile car across country???
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @jeff
        What the hell? Anger management dude.
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Month Ago
        @jeff
        Following through with an idea ( even a half-baked one.) is a story people can learn from, = WINNING > still greater than > complaining about others (self-serving) ideas = whiney