Edmunds.com says it set a record for cross-country travel in an electric car, driving a 2013 Tesla S from Redondo Beach, CA. to New York City in 67 hours and 21 minutes. The total distance traveled? 3,331.9 miles
The previous record was set by a Tesla itself with a team that went across the country in 76 hours and 5 minutes.
Edmunds says the drivers stopped at 23 Tesla Supercharger stations during the trip. Furthermore, the two drivers say Tesla was uncertain they’d make it because they were using a charging corridor that Tesla considered undeveloped.
Tesla S comes with a range of more than 200 miles which get fully charged in one hour through the Supercharger stations.
The team figured the battery pack would fill faster if close to empty, so only put in as much juice as needed to reach the next Supercharger, rather than filling the battery pack as full as possible.
The drivers ate while the car recharged and took turns sleeping in the car. The driving style is said to not have been too fast and aggressive which drains the batteries quicker.
BMW and Tesla are aiming to become the largest automakers for electric cars, with the Munich-based company just launching the BMW i3 Megacity Car and a future Tesla competitor, the BMW i5, within the next two years. Tesla is also preparing a 3 Series competitor in electric form.
By the numbers:
Distance: 3,331.9 miles
Total time: 67 hours, 21 minutes.
Driving time: 52 hours, 41 minutes
Average driving speed: 63.2 mph
Total Supercharger plug-In time: 14 hours, 40 minutes
Average Supercharger plug-in time: 38.3 minutes
Number of Other Stops: 0
Total energy consumption: 1.06 Megawatt-hours
Total fuel cost: $0 (thanks to Tesla’s free Superchargers, available to all Tesla owners)