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

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2012 Tesla Model S

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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.

After setting off on December 26, drivers Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd have driven down the West Coast, making best use of the network of charging stations in Oregon and California.

A trip to the Tesla plant in Fremont beckoned, before heading on to Los Angeles. Along the way, they've also used some of Tesla's new Supercharger stations, described on Twitter as "so easy they make me feel like I'm cheating!"

Since then, the car has made its way through Arizona, made stops in Albuquerque and Austin, and the team's Twitter feed revealed their last position was just shy of New Orleans.

The Electric Road Trip S is actually the second such journey in a Model S, following Tesla Model S XC last September.

That trip took drivers Steve and Jesse from San Francisco, all the way to the Tesla Store in Washington D.C. Somehow, we doubt both trips will be the last we hear of Model S owners attempting long journeys...

We offer the best of luck to the team over their remaining miles!

[Hat tip: Brian Henderson]

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  1. Once Tesla's supercharger network is fully rolled out Model S and Model X coast to coast trips should become rather popular since every recharge is free.
     
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  2. Just saw a Black Tesla S 2 days ago in Wine Country. It had a child seat in the back. Interesting... :)
     
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  3. That's probably Elon Musk's car. He's the only one with the jump seats so far, AFAIK.
     
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  4. Peter, who is an EE, jury-rigged a Multi-Input EVSE charger to drain two 40-amp connections (common in RV parks and campgrounds) at once. This gives the same charging speed as Tesla's high-power home connector (for cars with dual internal chargers only!). Neat trick!
     
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