850 Miles In A Tesla Roadster In A Weekend: Crossing The Line


Yesterday, we told you about the remarkable 850-mile electric-car road trip planned by David Peilow and Kevin Sharpe, who intended to drive from the tip to the tail of the United Kingdom.

Their goal was to test out the new electric-car charging network that the team created in conjunction with Tesla Motors.

After 24 hours and six recharge stops, the pair rolled into Land's End at 8:40 pm.  We caught up with David for a quick chat.

"It's gone well: The schedule was spot on, the time taken to charge the car and the travel have gone to plan," he told us. "We've been driving into heavy prevailing winds and rain, with a fully loaded car, but even with the heat on we've not experienced any range issues."

In fact, he said, it was only the huge interest the pair's journey received--with requests for interviews and photo ops all along the route--had added to the journey time.

Start at John O'Groats

The drive allowed the pair to test how an electric car with a relatively long range, like the Tesla Roadster, can make long-distance journeys.

It's true that the journey would have been simpler if the pair had taken a regular gasoline car, though it seems that the gap has closed a great deal.

In total, the Tesla Roadster required just over 10 hours of charging to cover a 900-mile route. However, if we subtract the time that would have been spent eating and sleeping anyhow, Peilow and Sharpe spent just 2 extra hours versus using a gasoline car.


 
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