2013 Tesla Model S in Florida, during New York to Florida road trip [photo: David Noland]Enlarge Photo
Last week, in the middle of a prolonged and depressing stretch of winter weather in New York's Hudson Valley, I decided I had to get the hell out. Time for a road trip to a warm place.
It was a perfect opportunity to test out Tesla's new East Coast Supercharger Highway, the just-completed string of proprietary ultra-fast DC charging stations the company has installed along Interstate 95 between Boston and Miami.
2013 Tesla Model S in winter, Hudson Valley, NY [photo: David Noland]Enlarge Photo
Over a period of two and a half days, I drove more than 1200 miles down I-95, making it as far south as Stuart, Florida, where an old friend lived.
Along the way, I charged up at nine Superchargers, at a total fuel cost of.......zero.
I've previously described that southbound leg in some detail. But there's much less to say about the return trip.
Frankly, it was pretty routine.
And that's the point. Tesla has proven its Supercharger cross-country concept beyond a doubt. There's really not that much adventure to it. It works.
2013 Tesla Model S at Supercharger station on NY-to-FL road trip [photo: David Noland]Enlarge Photo
It works so well, in fact, that it quickly became routine. On the return trip, having learned the basics of Supercharging on the way down, I pretty much drove as I would drive any car, and always arrived at the next Supercharger with a comfortable cushion.
Range anxiety? What's that?
Here are some random facts and observations about my six-day, 2,400-mile journey: