A Tesla Model S. A race across the country. An average driving speed of 63 miles per hour. Now which part of that doesn't jibe?

A pair of drivers from Edmunds.com has set out to beat Tesla Motors' own cross-country time record by taking a Model S from Los Angeles (technically, Redondo Beach) to New York. And beat it they did, finishing the 3,332-mile route in 67 hours and 21 minutes, which was faster than Tesla's time by eight hours and 44 minutes. What's all the more impressive is that the pair had to recharge the car at Tesla's Superchargers 23 times, with an average of 38 minutes per stop, meaning that more than 14 hours were spent sitting still in recharge mode.

And while the car is as fast as it is quiet, Edmunds had to curb its enthusiasm on the throttle to ensure the EV got from Supercharger A to Supercharger B and so on, hence the relatively pedestrian average driving speed of 63 miles per hour. Case in point was the 223-mile run between Las Vegas and Beaver, Utah, which was the longest stretch between Superchargers and included a 5,000-foot elevation climb. That caused the team to bring its highway speed down to about 50 miles per hour in order to avoid being stranded by the roadside. Read about how they made it over on Edmunds.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Tesla team ran into a snowstorm crossing the Rockies so crossing during the summer in good weather makes it easier. Next year there will be more superchargers which could allow even faster times.
      bluepongo1
      • 11 Months Ago
      If you can't figure out: Superchargers & off-peak overnight charging ( let alone solar/wind/micro-hydro with a battery back-up. ) .... you are probably too poor to own a Tesla vehicle anyway.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 11 Months Ago
      At least they had the brains to not strand themselves. I been their, had to slow down to 50 mpg to make it to the next charge point. That was after the 5.9 software upgrade and they change the red line on the range meter.
      Pancakes
      • 11 Months Ago
      oh boy, good for you. put an american flag in your butt while you drive bmw employs more people in the US than tesla btw
      Pancakes
      • 11 Months Ago
      The more I see this car, the more boring it becomes. It was already pretty plain to begin with, but the fact you see it everywhere online make it een less exciting. I'm so over this car and lost all interest in a model X too. It just looks too plain.
        GreenDriver
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        I agree this car is boring. It only beat an M5 two out of three times 0-100 mph. It only gets 240 miles per charge, has the coolest interior, highest crash rating, best customer satisfaction, designed and made in America with over 90% of parts sourced here. BORING! Damn, I gotta get one!
          Grendal
          • 11 Months Ago
          @GreenDriver
          And the money goes to Germany. It is still a German car BTW.
          Grendal
          • 11 Months Ago
          @GreenDriver
          That gets German government assistance quite often BTW.
        Spec
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        I literally see multiple Tesla cars every day. I'm still fascinated by it. Such an attractive AND aerodynamic design. The flush door handles. The sleek nose cone. I hope they are successful in getting rid of the law mandating side view mirrors so they can get rid of those and replace them with cameras & video screens.
        SteveM
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        They look really stunning in person. I see them all the time in the DC area. Even better than in pictures IMO.
        Baal
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        Thats so true. I see it on the road and with the hassle of waiting for it to be recharged I am off it. maybe when charge time goes down to 10 minutes Ill have a rethink. Driving long distance and having to think about the chrge.......NO THANKS
        bluepongo1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        @ Pancakes The more I see anti-Tesla trolls the more boring, repetitive, and libelous they become. The trolls were already stupid to begin with, but then they comment on a car they've never seen in person and can't afford. I'm so over being polite to logic fails like: anti-Tesla folks who click on multiple Tesla Motors threads, make a negative comment that adds nothing to the conversation and are probably a renamed troll who got kicked off. .... See you soon on the next Tesla Motors thread. (9_9)
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        Pancakes, Their is nothing more boring than the hydrogen vehicles acceleration. I suggest you get yourself a hydrogen pancake car and drive in the largest circle you can, if you live in CA that is. Otherwise you won't be able to drive your hydrogen pancake car at all. So glad to hear you see this car everywhere, it means we are winning!
        m_2012
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        ...said no person ever.
          Pancakes
          • 11 Months Ago
          @m_2012
          Many people find the car boring. It's like watching a movie 40 times, after the 40th time the excitement dwindles. Media coverage is a double edged sword.
          Grendal
          • 11 Months Ago
          @m_2012
          So don't buy or test drive one. You can buy what you want you know. Looks are looks but no one else has anything like the drivetrain of the S or the X.
        GoodCheer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pancakes
        Just make sure you drive a less common car, and you should be OK. I'd hate for you to have to drive a car that you're 'over'.
      itsme38269
      • 11 Months Ago
      And all done with the energy equivalent of less than 30 gallons of gasoline.
        Joeviocoe
        • 11 Months Ago
        @itsme38269
        Only about 2.5 gallons of gasoline actually. (85 kwh battery / 34 kwh per gallon gasoline) Autoblog Comments Enhancer (ACE) v1.0.0 - bit.ly/Autoblog_Comments
      bluepongo1
      • 11 Months Ago
      The NADA / hydrogen spambots like using edmunds.com as an example of the Model S having problems, I guess the sabotage check bounced. Why would anyone take a car they claim is unreliable on a cross-country road trip unless they knew their original story was a sponsored hit-piece. :-P
        bluepongo1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bluepongo1
        BTW good luck with the spam if you click on edmunds.com
      jphyundai
      • 11 Months Ago
      Highway speed of 50 miles per hour. Most semis are governed at about 63 miles per hour. This crew was about to be rearended by countless vehicles. If it had been hit, the crew would have been trapped and most likely burnt to death in this fire trap car. Maybe we should do a Ford Pinto vs Tesla Model S cross country competition. Sad indeed.....
        bluepongo1
        • 11 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        What's really sad is the desperation in your fake scenarios and beating the dead horse of a debunked promlem only you believe. How are those recalls going @ jphyundai ?
          bluepongo1
          • 11 Months Ago
          @bluepongo1
          promlem = * problem * WHOOPS !!! & No reply from the hydrogen spambot.
      Spec
      • 11 Months Ago
      Clever strategy they used on only charging up just enough to make it to the next charging station such that the charging is done faster.
        Grendal
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Spec
        They crushed the Tesla team run. Though for Tesla it was more about the PR than trying to get the fastest time possible. It was a very smart strategy by Edmunds. Those guys seem to know something about cars.....even EVs.....
      Grendal
      • 11 Months Ago
      No article about the plant shutdown and tooling up higher production and the Model X? That's much bigger news.
        Joeviocoe
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        ABG finally got around to it: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/07/22/tesla-production-halt-model-x-preparation/
          Joeviocoe
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          I know, right?! I seriously think it is because I created the user script that enhances the comment system... they changed it around so that it breaks my script. The timing is suspicious (only weeks after I finished) and they didn't even add any features.
          Grendal
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          They enjoy our frustration.
          Grendal
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Gawd I hate the new comment system. It's even more annoying than this one. Disqus!!
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