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Tesla Model S Owner Drives Coast To Coast Electrically (Again)

Green Car Reports -- By now, regular readers will be familiar with long-distance electric car trips.

While range may cause anxiety to some, for others it's merely a temporary limit, with forward planning and steely resolve allowing some electric vehicle drivers to continue long after others have given up.

One recent electric car is more suitable than most, for such trips. Tesla Motors' [NSDQ:TSLA] electric sedan, the Model S, has an EPA-rated range of 265 miles in 85 kWh form. What better way to test this than by a coast-to-coast trip through the U.S?

Driving from Portland to New York is a long distance for any vehicle, but for the Electric Road Trip S, getting there via Arizona, Louisiana, Virginia and other interim states is certainly taking the long way around.


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Submitted Jan 04, 2013 By: BennoBlue
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:40:35 AM

good for showing that it can be done.
Mr_Bill_W
All-Star Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:28:29 PM

Love the innovation and technological advances Tesla has made that shatter what had been the biggest single drawback and obsticle to mainstreaming of EVs... range limitation. 265 to 300 miles on a single charge is a good start but the exorbitant cost of their Model Service sedan and expanding the range without adversely affecting the quality, performance and price need to be their primary focus if they are going to be seen as anything but a toy for the rich city and urban dwellers... That said I would love to have one!
BurtB
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:06:08 PM

Endoman5000,

You are forgetting that the 30 min charge at those charging stations gives you 100mi, not the full 260mi range.

and that solar power will not be enough juice when there is a line at the charging station, like the one at my local gas station.
BurtB
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:03:29 PM

at what cost?
and how long did it take?

"the team's Twitter feed revealed their last position was just shy of New Orleans."

So they started dec 26 and they have not gone half the way?

LA to NYC= 2,790 mi, 41 hours
portland to nyc= 2,895 mi, 42 hours

2800mi/ 25 mi/hr= 112 hrs; or 11 days on moped.
and these guys have taken 11 days so far.

Any competent bike rider can make 150 miles per day (6hr days)
2800mi per day/150= 18.6 days
Endoman5000
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:56:40 PM

"Wake up people, all electric vehicles aren't the answer to our fuel problems. They will overload our antique electricity distribution grid and too much electricity is still generated by burning DIRTY coal."

Wow this is a funny statement considering that the newest charging stations Telsa is putting out there in AZ and NM are SOLAR POWERED! And you can charge in 30 minutes, which is about the same time it would take for a family to get and eat food at a fast food restaurant.

Let's first start with educating ourselves about the new technology before we start with the bashing.
4warned
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:52:41 PM

If we all had electric cars now, how much oil would we consume to provide the electricity we would need? Will our light and heating bills go up?
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:43:41 PM

Alright, some positive news about electric cars.
my2002m
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:43:23 PM

I agree, who cares.
RivGasDude
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:42:24 PM

A Tesla SuperCharger charges at 90KW, so you can get 150 mile charge in 30 minutes. http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger
pliskin
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:40:18 PM

I agree! zzzzzz....!
gsofrs
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:40:10 PM

Ok.
GasSpy007
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:37:47 PM

YAWN
merlinMalo
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:36:13 PM

Who cares
regasaz
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:31:43 PM

Still not interested in EV's.
LVNV6ofSpades
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:31:06 PM

ok, so now what?
Bookieecon
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:28:48 PM

Okay
no8c
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:28:39 PM

Thanks for posting this article!
uksqueeze
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:20:02 PM

> "The Telsa Model X requires a deposit of $40,000 (FORTY THOUSAND), the others require a deposit of $5,000??? "

No, that's incorrect. The "signature series" has a $40K deposit, regular production models are $5000 deposit. This was true for the Model S also.
wz
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:19:43 PM

How far can they travel each day? If they can go 265 miles on a charge, but it takes overnight (or several hours) to get a full recharge for another 265 miles, it will take two to three times as long to get anywhere than a gasoline vehicle that can travel 600-700 miles per day.
ItisAJeepThing
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:18:37 PM


Wake up people, all electric vehicles aren't the answer to our fuel problems. They will overload our antique electricity distribution grid and too much electricity is still generated by burning DIRTY coal.

We need to actively pursue increased use of abundant, ultra clean American natural gas on the form of CNG or LNG as our primary alternative to all oil based fuels.
crusader1975
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:18:23 PM

Ditch the total electric stuff.
uksqueeze
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:18:14 PM

> There is no mention of going over multiple mountain passes. I do not believe it will make it up any pass without dying.

You are incorrect in your belief.
THX138
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:17:03 PM

...and dragged along it's world's longest extension cord!
SWITCHMAN
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:15:58 PM

Tesla is heading in the right direction.
nztyraider
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:15:09 PM

Good for them.
wdcutter
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:13:47 PM

I need one to use as a step stool to wash my suv.
BigBlue5
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:13:40 PM

There is no mention of going over multiple mountain passes. I do not believe it will make it up any pass without dying.
#12#_vabchusa
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:12:21 PM

Good deal, we need more miles per charge
camaro_man
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:07:09 PM

That's cool
gknee09
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:05:27 PM

not a realistic option for most
usnerd
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:03:27 PM

Tesla owners are pertinent news?
Mr.Dirt
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:02:53 PM

some day maybe
unloquacious
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:02:49 PM

I want one...
mickealo
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:59:04 PM

well that is great for him but no thanks I like to know where I can get fueled up next
GordoM
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:54:20 PM

reads like an ad. Not very informative.
aarrrt
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:52:24 PM

I got a buck.
spud5559
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:47:34 PM

ok
shea33
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:47:00 PM

and how many people can afford this one?
RAC110
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:44:22 PM

seems to have a long way to go
Grismer
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:44:14 PM

Can't afford a Tesla regardless of the performance.
Kawibiker
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:42:51 PM

too expensive, but gotta start somewhere.. this is at least a step in the rite direction for electric cars.. they need to be able to go farther..
AcuraTSX
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:39:11 PM

Nothing better to do?
kirzon484
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:36:29 PM

dont think so
uglytom
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:34:07 PM

Who cares????????
bbthegun
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:31:47 PM

Sponging electricity all the way!
ttfn5tigger
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:30:58 PM

too expensive for me
bluetatanka
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:29:39 PM

Too expensive!
Taurus1
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:28:50 PM

Good for Tesla!
nomad228
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:28:28 PM

still cost more than a nice starter home ,and? you can't live in a tesla.
southrob
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:28:18 PM

dhan instead
FieroGT
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:26:13 PM

I'm waiting to see the Tesla ZERO, meaning no cost driving!
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