First-Ever Supercharged Tesla Model S Coast-to-Coast Road Trip is Complete

10 months ago by Eric Loveday 61

 

John and Jill Pull in For a Charge Upon Completion of the Cross-Country Trip

John and Jill Pull in For a Charge Upon Completion of the Cross-Country Trip

The epic cross-country journey began on January 20 when 62-year-old John and 26 year-old daughter Jill departed the JFK Supercharger in New York City.

The journey ended yesterday at the Hawthorne, California Supercharger.

John and Jill Upon Completing Cross Country Trip

John and Jill Upon Completing Cross Country Trip

John and Jill have done it: completed a cross-country free Supercharger trip in a Tesla Model S.

History has been made.

More than 3,600 miles were covered in 6 days.

John and Jill have become the first two to go coast-to-coast in a Model S using only Superchargers.  Total “fuel” cost for the adventure?  Zip.  Zilch.  Zero.  $0.

The journey took John and Jill through a cold snap that’s devoured most of the US for quite some time now, meaning this was the ultimate cold test for a Model S.  The snowy weather and frigid temps (as low as -22 Fahrenheit at one point during the trip) didn’t get the best of them or the Model S though.

The Model S performed flawlessly and proved its worth as quite possibly the ultimate long-distance cruiser.

This update provided by John and Jill near the end of the journey sums it up quite well:

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. 93 miles left to go, 3,521 in the bag.”

Trip data:

NYC to LAX=3,619.1 miles and consumed 1,366.3kWh or 378Wh/mile

We at InsideEVs have followed this journey since day one.  Our congrats go out to John and Jill for this achievement.  Jill will now fly back New Jersey for work, but John is planning to give Tesla Motors a visit in Fremont, California.

Tesla Supercharger Map

Tesla Supercharger Map

We’ve attempted to compile a list (which may be incomplete) of the Superchargers used by John and Jill during there cross-country journey.

John and Jill Discuss Their Journey at the Finish Line

John and Jill Discuss Their Journey at the Finish Line

  1. JFK, NY
  2. Newark, DE
  3. Somerset, PA
  4. Macedonia, OH
  5. Maumee, OH
  6. Mishawaka, IN
  7. Highland Park, IL
  8. Madison, WI
  9. Onalaska/La Crosse, WI
  10. Mauston, WI
  11. Albert Lea, MN
  12. Worthington, MN
  13. Mitchell, SD
  14. Murdo, SD
  15. Rapid City, SD
  16. Lusk, WY
  17. Cheyene, WY
  18. Silverthorne, CO
  19. Glenwood Springs, CO
  20. Grand Junction, CO
  21. Blanding, Utah
  22. Moab, Utah
  23. Farmington, NM
  24. Gallup, NM
  25. Flagstaff, AZ
  26. Kingman, AZ
  27. Barstow, CA
  28. Hawthorne, CA

UPDATE:  Apparently 32 were used in total – so we missed a couple.

Cross Country Trip Highlights (via Tesla Motors Blog)

Cross Country Trip Highlights (via Tesla Motors Blog)

You can read the entire thread on the cross-country journey by following this link to Tesla Motors Forum.

 

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61 responses to "First-Ever Supercharged Tesla Model S Coast-to-Coast Road Trip is Complete"

  1. Airton says:

    Congrats John and Jill! job well done.

  2. Big Solar says:

    I see the Hagerstown Md. SC is open now.

  3. Brian Richardson says:

    Well done! That is quite a machine. Moto-Electra Racing made it’s all-electric coast to coast trip in 2013 in 3.5 days, but we didn’t use standard charging stations. Together, the records set a bar for the current technology.

    Brian

  4. Cynthia says:

    Congratulations Jill and John! What a historic event. Thanks for taking us along for the ride if only virtually.

  5. CherylG says:

    That seems like a very long, out-of-the-way route to get between those two points.

    The direct route according to Google is only 2803 miles, or 816 miles shorter.

    At 60 mph that’s 13.6 hours faster.

    1. Mark says:

      Seriously, that’s all you can come up with? And airplane travel would have reduced it to 5 hours total.
      They needed to travel via superchargers. Tesla has had about 1.5 years to build out the supercharger network, versus 100 years for gas stations. And try doing it for free in your ICE car? More superchargers to come, as they build the network. Than you’ll be able to take more varied routes. Patience. But at least it silences most naysayers saying that it is impossible in under a month.

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        Yes, and the route will only get shorter as more superchargers are opened.

      2. Omar Sultan says:

        I think the lameness of that response is awesome–somewhere in some sub-basement, someone is scrambling to come up with some new talking points. :)

        O

        1. Anon says:

          CherylG just likes to console herself by cr*pping on anything Tesla– no matter how petty or insipid. ;)

          1. Aaron says:

            Don’t you guys know Cheryl works for BMW? ;)

    2. Mark H says:

      We live in a time where wonders, opportunity and accomplishments seem to be around every corner. What a pitiful existence it must be to assign yourself troll duty over any emerging product. This is a new all time low even for you Cheryl.

    3. Rik says:

      It’s a scenic cross-country route. Additional cross-country routes will become supercharger-enabled over the next couple of years.

    4. DaveM says:

      Yes, it is a longer route. But are there any routes that are cheaper than $0? So, the most direct route might have saved them one day of driving (if superchargers existed along that route). But the route they took is pretty darn scenic.

      Every day, airline flyers choose to take a longer route (more connections), to save on the cost of the air ticket. I might be inclined to drive a little out of the way for FREE fuel.

    5. Jim Dickinson says:

      Troll much?

  6. Nelson says:

    Congratulation, to John and Jill.
    Did any network news companies cover this story?
    Did John let any news companies know he was about to attempt this historic trip?
    Could this be considered a US Guinness Record?

    NPNS!
    Volt#671

    1. Assaf says:

      Nope. The local LA TV stations were contacted by Tesla enthusiasts on Saturday, but none bothered to come. Even a Tesla rep wasn’t there. There was a rep from Plugshare who gave them a welcome gift.

      And there were about a dozen-plus fellow EVangelists, who’ve learned about the trip via the teslamotors forum thread. They took them out to dinner before Jill went to catch her flight.

      Tesla HQ seemed peeved that John and Jill scooped the company’s planned professional record-breaking attempt next week… they could afford to be more gracious about it.

      It was a classic case of history made by ordinary people on the ground, away from the limelight. No one can take that away from them, media coverage or not.

      1. Eric Loveday says:

        C’mon Asaaf. You know the whole world learned about this trip from InsideEVs. The source for breaking EV news. :)

        Seriously though, we did our best, as did you, to get the word out to Tesla and others. Few seemed to care. We tried though.

        1. Anon says:

          I figured the buzz was being “withheld till scheduled”. :(

        2. Rik says:

          Thank you InsideEVs, good job!

          1. Eric Loveday says:

            Welcome…

      2. Tom A. says:

        There is no excuse for Tesla to essentially ignore their achievement…a rep, even Elon himself, should have been present.

        1. Foo says:

          Is does seem strange, almost intentional, for a company that “loves its customers” and features “customer stories” front-and-center on their corporate website. After all, a “regular person” was able to do this… enabled by Tesla technology. That is a huge (in fact, THE) accomplishment for Tesla, no?

  7. mec92 says:

    Great job you guys! What an epic event!! “An idea whose time has come” – I couldn’t agree more.

  8. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    That’d be about $150 if it wasn’t already free.. Plus, no oil change! Well done!

    1. Ted Fredrick says:

      Gas cost would have been $500

  9. ggpa says:

    What a great milestone for EVs!

    BTW, the first cross country EV drive I could find was in 1968 when Caltech and MIT drove two cars across the country.

    Now it is possible to do the same trip without the support of a University Engineering Department. More info at http://web.mit.edu/evt/CleanAirCarRace.html

    1. Assaf says:

      Thanks for the 1968 story link! I bookmarked it and will surely read it later.

  10. Susan Richardson says:

    Congratulations! I loved reading about this.

  11. Alok says:

    Historic!
    At zero cost (courtesy of Tesla…).
    Can’t wait for it to become zero emission too (through solar panels charging all the SCs).
    That’ll be another great milestone! :)

  12. Lou Grinzo says:

    Dear hydrogen fuel cell vehicle proponents: Suck it.

    On a slightly more civil note, I would love to see an interview with Musk where he says, “Toyota, you’re bringing out a hydrogen car soon. When will you be building your own hydrogen fueling network like mine, and give people free fuel for life?”

    1. Ted Fredrick says:

      +2, why are car companies going for the hydrogen cars. Almost every homeowner in the country can already charge an electric car. They might be ok for apartment dwellers though.

  13. Ocean Railroader says:

    I think with a trip like this with free fuel the cost in gas they saved would be able to pay 60% to 100% of their hotel room stays depending on how far they drove each day using the super chargers. With this trip happening it has launched the start of a age where you can now drive coast to cost without any gas or even if their is a major gas storage you wouldn’t have to worry about it.

    Unless a nuclear war happens or some type of major plague that cripples society the Road Warrior won’t happen anytime soon with this first trip happening.

    1. Warren says:

      if there was a major fuel shortage there might not be anybody to wait on them when they get to the hotel/restaurant.

  14. Tyl Young says:

    …………….. John and Jill ……… get it done! FANTASTICALLY AWESOME!

  15. kdawg says:

    Jack and Jill went across the country
    To reach the Pacific Ocean.
    They charged each day, as they made their way
    And Jill flew home after the commotion.

    1. Tom A. says:

      I needed that on this Monday morning!

      +1

  16. scott moore says:

    Congratulations, John and Jill. Hopefully this gets some airplay from the press.

  17. S.P. says:

    Congratulations!!!

    You made it twice faster than us (we spend 12 days) and much cheaper as it cost us 31$ when we made it this summer… However our average energy comsomption was much less (290 Wh/miles).

    I m glad that Tesla improve infrastructure that quickly!

    1. Aaron says:

      You probably had better weather conditions than they did, too.

    2. ggpa says:

      S.P. did you blog your trip anywhere? I’m sure many folks are interested in how it went

  18. Rik says:

    Well done, John and Jill… and Tesla!

  19. Nima says:

    Im glad you guys did this and i think the hard numbers are what im really interested in.
    3600 miles/6days = 600miles a day! thats 1000km.
    this is very good time, i would never drive more than that in a day. at an average of 70 mph that takes 8.5hrs of driving.
    With that amount of driving in a day it seems to me like they really didnt spend much time charging out of just the brake times and sleeping. But then again they said using only superchargers, and hotels are likely not just next to superchargers. So that means only brake time charging, with vampire losses and all, thats pretty awxm!
    even with a 30mpg car, thats 120 galons of fuel which at a cross-country average of $3.5/gal works out to $420!

    well done.

  20. Brian H says:

    It would take quite a bit longer in an i3. ;)

    1. MDEV says:

      With Extender

  21. Winfield100 says:

    Happy dance, zillions of cheers, someone could setup a website for the future x-country travelers with dates, times, reasons for trip (just cause we could). Congrats John and Jill, happy dance, humongous EV grins.

  22. davepd says:

    Great job. I guess this answers the cold weather performance questions. I really want one

  23. John Bingham says:

    John and Jill. Congratulations! What a fantastic Road Trip!

    This should have been covered by the networks, and it really shows that Tesla Motors and their Superchargers are a power to be reckoned with.

    Back in 2012 a lone driver did almost the same trip unaided as part of his “80 days around the World” Road Trip. Rafael de Mestre took his standard production EV, along with an assortment of adapters, from Europe, across the US and Asia, and back to Europe again.

    And his EV? A Tesla Roadster 2.5 of course. :-)

    1. Assaf says:

      John himself (yes, the very same dad from John & Jill) did DC to SF in 6.5 days in 2012 in a Roadster, using mostly RV campground charging. That trip was 700 miles shorter and in good weather. http://pluginroadtrip.com/washington-sf/

      Read his personal-story-by-installments in the current road trip’s thread. It’s quite interesting. He’s a huge EVangelist, having converted his farm household to off-grid solar, with 2 or 3 Model S including one that tows a lawn-mowing apparatus. He also bought his sister in Texas a Model S when she got cancer.

      He’s approaching the Tesla Fremont factory right now (Monday midday). IMHO they should give him a hero’s welcome there.

  24. Jose Natale says:

    Congratulations from Brasil, you are now part of the automotive history.
    I am looking foreward to travel to USA to visit a Tesla dealer and to know this fantastic car. Congratulations also to all Tesla team

  25. kdawg says:

    Here’s all the posts from MyFastLady. Everyone in the Tesla plant gave him a round of applause.
    ———–

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 21, 2014
    Drove from Kentucky to New York last week to pick up my daughter in Hoboken for my co- pilot. As I was exiting the freeway for JFK, I hit something in the road that blew out a tire and bent the rim. Called tesla service at 7:am Monday morning. They had a new tire and rim on by 9 am. Left JFK supercharger at 9:45. Stopped in Hoboken and on to Newark, De. Full range charge and left with 258 miles. Pulled into Somerset sc with 11 miles rang left. Somerset to Macedonia in 3 hrs. It was snowing so the leg to Maumee, Ohio was slow. Got in at 2:30 am and couldn’t get to the supercharger because of the snow that hadn’t been plowed. Went to a Hampton inn 1/2 mile away and called Tesla. The guy told me to get some sleep and he would see what he could do. I went back to the sc at 8 am and it was clear. Are these guys the best or what! Headed out to Mishawaka with temp at 6 degrees. I’ll keep you up to date if there is interest.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 21, 2014
    Clearly this leg was going to be the most problematic. The cars nav wanted to take me on a route that was 240 miles but going by Harrisburg cut it down to 220 miles. In addition, a cold front was about to arrive that would make 220 miles difficult. We beat the cold front, so it was only 32degrees and we probably averaged 50-55 mph, but the road wasn’t busy so we didn’t hold up anyone. Sometimes you need a little luck on your side!

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 21, 2014
    Learned something this morning. Started to charge when it was 6 degrees and 17 miles range with a cold battery. Initial charge Rate was 334volts at 15 amps. It took about 45 minutes to ramp up to 150 amps. Made it to Mishawaka, temp 7 degrees, drove at 75 mph, energy usage was 451wh/m. Energy usage to Somerset by comparison was 313wh/m. Cold is a bitch!

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 21, 2014
    Only issue today was heavy snow 60 miles outside Chicago. 10 mph for an hr. Ice cars stuck in the snow. Model s did great. Charged at sc in highland park. Beautiful new facility with service center and gallery. Had them look at my tire sensors that had been giving me a fault. Back on the road in short order. Stopped for dinner while charging in Madison. Only problem was that the car was finished charging before i finished dinner! It is so fast it seems like magic. Due to be -22 tonight in Minnesota. Think I will tackle Minnesota during the day tomorrow.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 21, 2014
    Buffalo Wild Wings. As an added treat, the Kentucky wildcats were on TV.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 22, 2014
    When we left New York, Cheyenne was not open, but thanks to the reporting from participants in this forum and elsewhere I had confidence the it would be open when I got there. The pictures I have seen from Kingman and Las Vegas lead me to believe they will be open any day. Tesla has not let me down in the 3 years I have owned their cars ( 2 years with a roadster first). If GM was doing the rollout I would not have left yet! I think Hawthorne will be a good place to finish. Any other thoughts.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 22, 2014
    Onalaska to Albert Lea, MN was a nightmare. Strong winds blowing snow sideways caused visibility near zero at times. Averaged 50-55mph but still got only 455wh/mi efficiency. Fortunately I have been charging to a higher level than I think we need, and then we needed it. Left Onalaska with rated range of 227 miles then drove 125 miles and had 28 miles range left. Our friends at Tesla sited these superchargers just the right distance apart. I wouldn’t recommend this drive in a 60 kWh car in the winter. On the other hand, this will make the weather in the southwest seem sweeter when we get there.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 22, 2014
    Just when I thought driving conditions couldn’t get worse…. Albert Lea to Worthington probably averaged 55 mph and I would have been going the same speed in an ice car. Wind picked up some and temp is dropping. Zero degrees in Worthington at 3pm and snow blowing like crazy. Got out to hook up charge cord and it wouldn’t start charging! Had to get back in the car just to warm up to try again. Realized the charger connection was packed with snow. Blew it out, hooked it up and it charging started. Left Albert Lea with 225 miles range, drove 116 miles and ended with 7 miles range, having used 532wh/mile! Listening to “the Grapes of Wrath” on audiobooks and I will take our road trip over theirs any time.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 22, 2014
    I am a 62 yr old guy.
    This is Jill, his 26 year old daughter. I am enjoying the adventure so far and love seeing the country in this way, plus it’s a great excuse to take a week off work! I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about and drive these cars since my dad has had them the past few years but the addition of the superchargers has made this road trip a very unique experience. The only downside is attempting to drive in this in Minnesota weather… which is why I’m writing this and HE is driving.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 22, 2014
    Arrived in Mitchell, SD. Minnesota is not at the top of our “favorite states to drive through” list. Jill started driving when we left Worthington and after 10 minutes pulled over because she couldn’t see the road. I started driving very slowly and stated with confidence (but no evidence) that it was about to clear up. 10 minutes later it cleared up and I drove the rest of the way at 65-70 mph.It was still very cold (-3) but we had charged to a 257 mile range, anticipating problems. The efficiency was low (av. 508wh/mi) but I had no range anxiety and we had the heat cranked up to 72 degrees. arrived with 21 miles range left after 130 miles. One thing I really like about the supercharger system is that you just look up the next charger in navigation, select it, and it guides you turn by turn and puts you right on the spot with no lost time or miles hunting for it. Now if Elon’s guys can finish the self-driving navigation, we could go to sleep and have the car wake us up when we arrive.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 22, 2014
    Thanks for all the advice and encouragement. Keep it coming, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet and challenges lie ahead. Made it to Murdo and called it a day. The weather gave us a break. Even though temps were hovering around -4, wind subsided to 15 mph and roads were clear. Jill drove and I got some rest in a makeshift bed in the back. I haven’t done that much white knuckle driving and it was pretty exhausting. Just charged to 80% and stopped so that I can top it up and get everything warmed up before leaving in the morning ( staying at the lodge with the supercharger). It looks like we’ve got some significant elevation changes tomorrow so that should make it fun, or not!

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 23, 2014
    What a difference a day makes! Left at 7:30 from Murdo with a warm car and full battery. OK, its still -6 degrees but the roads are clear under bright sunshine. The wide open landscape has a certain natural allure. I know, you Californians are thinking that there is no allure at -6 degrees and you may be right because there aren’t many people here. I know we are retracing a road trip Elon and his brother made in college, but Jill reminded me that we had been on this road before. Back in 1997, we rented an RV and together with my wife Kim, Jill and her sister Diana we made this road trip as far as yellowstone park. I haven’t passed this way since, but I do recall connecting with this land. I am working on posting the pictures elsewhere with a link here. We are also taking carefull notes on times, temperature, energy usage and distances to be put into a spreadsheet for reference. One thing that seems clear already is that the system works! No one would choose to take a road trip to see the sights in mid winter, but even under the harshest conditions, the car and chargers work perfectly. The brilliance of the vision and execution at Tesla is clearly on display. If I was the ceo of Exon taking this trip I would slit my throat because the future of personal transportation seem clear.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 23, 2014
    Made it to lusk with no problems. Those who think the country is overcrowded need to visit South Dakota and Wyoming. When you watch a cell phone commercial, they show a map of coverage of the United States. Notice the lack of coverage in the Rapid City to Lusk area. With 2i-phones, an i-pad and a PC in addition to the connected Tesla, we were disconnected for about an hr. This must be what the pioneers in covered wagons felt like. The nav map was off until we got to Lusk. My youngest daughter, Claire, is 6 and she has the Tesla app on her I-pad so she can follow us in real time. She is putting stickers on a big laminated map of the country to track our progress. By the time she is my age you may be able to take the trip in a hydrogen powered car!
    The Supercharger in Lusk is in the parking lot of what looks like the Bates Motel. I don’t think I will disturb them.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 23, 2014
    Didn’t mean to disparage any community that is partners with tesla. We are all here on the same journey and need all the help we can get. Any friend of Tesla is a friend of mine. Acautionary note to future travelers down this path. Rapid city to Cheyenne is off the beaten path and I saw many signs that said road closed ahead if yellow light is blinking. This must be a common occurrence in winter and I would hate to get caught short, especially with no cell phone service. Roads today are good and we made good time. Cheyenne to silverthorne next. If at all possible I would like to use only Superchargers. You guys are making me a little nervous about this leg but I appreciate the heads up. I will let Jill drive and will try not to micro-manage. Pulled into Cheyenne into charger 2b and got no power. Pulled over to 1b and got full charge. If someone could give a shout out to Tesla so they can check it out. Also reports of Silverthorne being iced at night. If someone is nearby later, let me know, or save me a spot and I will buy you dinner. ETA is 8-8:30 in Silverthorne. See you there!

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 23, 2014
    We made it to Silverthorne with 35 miles of range left, not including the 17 miles Tesla hides from us for emergencies. As a guy it is my responsibility to drive and I feel out of control in the passenger seat. As a parent, I want to tell my daughter what to do. I remember 10 yrs ago when Jill was just learning to drive and as she got on the freeway with me in the passenger seat, I literally thought I was about to die. Tonight with Jill driving through the mountains in the dark, the same feeling washed over me and I had a comforting thought. If I die, it would be in the pursuit of a noble cause, so I kept my mouth shut and we were fine. After the build up, this leg was anti- climactic. I foresee a time in the not too distant future when you pull in to a supercharger, select your next destination and the car factors in the temperature, wind speed, elevation, terrain and driving speed and automatically computes the charge time and when you can leave. The superchargers tomorrow are all closely spaced and we may get to try the approach of a quicker charge and blast off to the next one. I’me looking forward to it.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 24, 2014
    We are heading out again in a few minutes and I will ask Jill to post something while I drive. We are trying to get to LA by Saturday since she is due to be a at work on Sunday. There is a red-eye from LAX so we shall see. Put In a few questions in the next few hrs and I am sure she will respond. There was something curious about Cheyenne. All of the other Superchargers are built on the same design. 4, 6 or 8 charging spaces with the chargers themselves in the back off the pavement. It’s a beautiful design, nice and open that could be easily cleared in the case of snow. Cheyenne has 4 charge spots that are set at an angle. I found them not as easy to get into and it was a bit of a tight fit. Ploughing will be very difficult. Just wondering why this difference? I guess we have come to expect perfection from Tesla.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 24, 2014
    Now in Glenwood springs. Efficiency has gone up and we had 100 miles of range left on arrival. The scenery is spectacular, and we have bright sunshine and clear roads. The powers that be are shining down on us now. Had to play some John Denver on the drive to honor a guy who would have understood.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 24, 2014
    Just charged at our 20th supercharger (JFK was #1) in Grand Junction. Speeds now 70-80mph and I rarely check the range. Thanks to our Leaf friends for joining. We are natural allies in the revolution. Perhaps when the model e comes out you can trade the Leaf and join us on the Elon superhighway. I have been withholding judgement about the model s as a touring car but now that we have logged 2500 miles (3400 since Kentucky) I think we can draw some conclusions. First, it is very comfortable, no backaches or any soreness. Second, the infotainment system is awesome. We have listened to music and audiobooks from our I-phones. Music, news and podcasts from internet radio and Jill watched a movie on the I-pad (margin call) and we streamed the sound over the speakers. I had seen the movie so I just listened.the only thing we haven’t listened to is am or fm radio, the staple of road trips for decades. Since the car is so quiet,we can have audio relatively low and hear it fine. Third, the amount of space is over the top. Elon may disagree with 5 small children in the car but he may just need a screen shielding the drivers cabin. Fourth, have I mentioned that I haven’t had to pay for fuel. I would give the model s 5 stars as a touring car.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 24, 2014
    I forgot, one petal driving in the mountains is a natural as I am sure many of you know. Traveling through Utah now! Pictures can’t do it justice. You miss a lot when you fly over it. I can’t stop staring at the cliffs and plateaus. Remember the days when there was a paper map that you had to navigate from. Road trips we we different then.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 24, 2014
    Just finished charging at Blanding, Utah. That was the 23rg supercharger. That includes Mauston and Moab in addition to those listed above. I guess I can’t hide anything from you guys. Myfastlady was the first horse I trained. I no longer train horses, but I still have a small horse farm in Kentucky, It is more of an experimenta farm and my projects involve taking the farm off the grid (coal is still 97% of energy in ky). We have about 100 solar panels and generate all of the electricity used to charge the cars from the solar panels from March through October. We have electric mowers that use lithium iron phosphate batteries, and electric off road vehicles fitted with inverters so we can use electric chain saws and weed eaters in the field.Our farm office is off the grid but there is still more to do. This is also not my first rodeo when it comes to electric car road trips. I drove my roadster from Washington, DC to San Francisco in October, 2011 see pluginroadtrip.com . If you dug a little deeper you would also find that I grew up in Houston, Texas got a ba from UT and a ms and PhD from the UT system in 1979. I spent 3 years doing research in Germany, 5 years at the Salk institute in La Jolla and was a professor at UK in Lexington. I started a biotech company in Lexington and sold it after 5 years to Beckton-Dickenson? Since then I have had the freedom to do what I want, hence the road trip across the country in an electric car. I am also a runner and have run the Boston Marathon twice (2010 and 2012). My background in research and horse racing probably honed my competitive spirit, hence the desire to be first. But if there is one I have learned its that the race isn’t over until I cross the finish line. Thanks for asking.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 24, 2014
    Hello everyone! It’s Jill this time. Thought it was time for an update of my own. We are currently on our way from Farmington, NM to Gallup. This will probably be our last stop for the night. We are planning on getting started bright and early in the morning and are contemplating bypassing Holbrook and going straight to Flagstaff to save time (I’ve got a flight out of LA tomorrow night to catch!) For those of you who were interested in knowing a little more about me, I am a 26 year old currently living in Hoboken, New Jersey, making JFK a perfect starting place for us. I am a new Hoboken resident though, as I have been living in New Orleans for the past 8 years after moving down in 2005 to go to Tulane. Since I loved the city so much, I stayed for graduate school at Loyola University and just finished up last August with a MS in Mental Health Counseling. Feeling like it was time for a change, I moved up north to Hoboken just a few months ago. I am still looking for a job in my field and am waiting tables in the mean time. One of the benefits of working in a restaurant is the flexibility of my schedule, making it relatively easy to make time for a cross-country road trip on short notice! However, originally having moved down to Louisiana for the weather, I was not adequately warned about the -6 degrees it would be in South Dakota. :) Today is my favorite day of the trip so far. It has been getting progressively warmer and more beautiful as the day went on. In fact, I am thinking about taking the trip again this summer, making sure to take some time at the best places, which will definitely include hiking in Moab, Utah!

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    It’s our last day and we are getting an early start. Jill set an alarm for 4:15 and it sounded like a fire alarm. Being woken out of a dead sleep to the sound of a fire alarm in a strange place is disconcerting. We should be on the road by 5 am and we gain another hour to west coast time, so it looks good. I have been passing my pics along to Graham at Tesla who has passed them to the communications dept. and I think they will put them on their Facebook page. They may be waiting to see if we are going to make it. If we don’t, it will be bad pr and I am sure there are people who would like to publicize the fact that the supercharger network doesn’t work ( I recall a certain NY times article a year ago). We have 257 miles range so I think we will go straight to Flagstaff. My apologies to the person who wanted to meet in Holebrook. Contact me at my e-mail. I do plan to go to Freemont after a day off from driving and I hope I can get a tour of the factory. I haven’t seen it since the open house they had a couple of years back and it would be one of the highlights of the trip. I will keep you updated during the day today when we will have a better idea of ETA. I think I can smell the salt air already, wish us luck.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    8:00 Having coffee at the Mariott in Flagstaff. Started at 65 mph and gradually upped to 75. We had 23 miles range left at the end. Full credit for this trip goes to Tesla. We are all passengers on this journey. I would also like to thank Graham at Tesla. 3 years ago I was on a waiting list for a leaf but I couldn’t wait. I searched and found Tesla which wasn’t well known outside California. I watched YouTube videos and read everything I could find. Finally I thought I better see this roadster for myself. So my wife Kim and I flew to San Francisco and visited their showroom in Palo Alto. The car sold itself and I told them I wanted it. Meanwhile hanging around the showroom, I talked to Graham, who was fresh out of college and a half dozen other people who wandered in and out. These were not salesmen, they were enthusiasts who were out to change the world! After I got back to Kentucky I called my financial adviser and told her I wanted to buy as much tesla stock as I could. She told me that was not a good idea since it was trading at $22/share and a lot of experts thought it was overvalued and Tesla may not make it as a company. I had never picked individual stocks before but I insisted. Two years later after the initial run up I decided to do what horse players should do and I cashed my ticket and went home. When you win a bet at the track, however, you are expected to spend it frivolously. I thought I would use at least part of it to promote the ev movement. So by then I had my model s, white performance, and I convinced Kim to buy one, a beautiful red with sun roof and I sold my ford truck that I used at the farm and got a green one. Kim has named them lilly (white), Ivy (green) and Rosie. We have Ivy on this trip because she has a “B” battery, thus can supercharge a little quicker and Lilly does not. But I felt I could do more. My older sister, Dorothy, lives in Houston and works as a nurse(she posted something on the first day. In the fall of 2012 she was diagnosed with cancer, so in winter she underwent surgery, chemo and radiation and was feeling down even though her prognosis was good. What could I possibly do to help. I bought her a white model s with sunroof, and drove it to Houston to surprise her. It turned out better than I hoped. She is a born again EVangelist and drives around south Texas with a big Tesla grin. Of course the doctors she works with can’t stand the fact that her car is cooler than theirs so several have bought their own. So thanks Tesla, their is nothing else I could have bought her that would have this effect.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    11:01 Rolled into Kingman with Jill driving. After a long drive we are both in good spirits. What a beautiful part of the country. When we left on Monday this Charger wasn’t open yet. Thanks to all our spies from these forums that convinced me that it wouldn’t be a problem. This trip is for all of you too. Anticipating the border patrol, Jill is clearing out the apples and oranges from the car. 209 miles on this next leg so we may charge to max before leaving. Thanks to all for riding along with us. When I made the first post I wasn’t sure there would be interest. The words of encouragement have been comforting. Before we left, I described the trip to non-ev people and they asked why I was doing this, and the only response was “because we can!”. Tesla has removed the last compromise to ev ownership. When I bought my first model s there was no hint of a fast charging network just around the corner, and I would have been fine without it, but now it seems so logical. I wonder how other car companies will respond? I don’t think they can just ignore it and hope it goes away. I feel a tipping point approaching. 250 miles range now so we are off.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    Someone else may be able to give our ETA better then I can.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    1:30 pm, 63 miles from Barstow, 86 mile range, see you soon

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    They are rounding the final turn and headed for home, traveling like a tremendous machine ( from the Belmont stakes with Secretariat winning the triple crown). Left Barstow at 3:25 headed for Hawthorne. 113 miles to go, 187 miles range left. I am feeling pretty good about making it. Jill driving again, something to tell her future kids.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come” . 93 miles left to go, 3521 in the bag

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    In one memorable race of the real myfastlady. I had been in Florida and she was racing in Kentucky that night. I drove all day and arrived just as the starting gate opened. She broke out of the gate first and led all the way, finishing clear of the field in a dominant performance. That was her day to shine.

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 25, 2014
    Passed the traffic slow down, 58 miles out on the 210

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 26, 2014
    I dropped Jill off at the airport. She had a 9pm flight that gets into JFK at 5 am. She has to work at 9 am. I think I am more proud of her insistence that she get to work on time than I am of her help on the trip. I got a good night sleep and when I woke up I felt like I had been hit by a car, but I suspect Jill feels worse. After a yoga class this morning, I had Ivy detailed. I will take a leasurely drive down 101 and hope to get a factory tour Monday. Go easy on Tesla, I prefer that they were there for me when I ruined a tire, or needed a Supercharger cleared than their presence at the finish. They have many of my pics and I am sure they will use them to their advantage. Thanks to all the people who followed along, we had a blast!

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 26, 2014
    Waiting to hear from Tesla about a tour. Staying in Paso Robles tonight, Will update tomorrow. Good night

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 27, 2014
    8:35 Leaving for Gilroy now

    myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 27, 2014
    11:29 leaving Gilroy now

    1. kdawg says:

      One last post:

      myfastlady@aol.com | JANUARY 28, 2014
      Final comments: On my way to Freemont yesterday I got call from Dan at Tesla. Yes, they would be happy to show me around the factory, just let him know exactly when I would be arriving. Upon arrival, I got a chance to thank some of the people who had contributed to our thread in the forum in the previous days and then Dan whisked me into the factory. As we approached I saw a big crowd in front of us and I wondered what the commotion was about about ( I am a little slow sometimes). Then it hit me, they were here for me! “Surprise” doesn’t begin to describe the shock and disbelief that washed over me. As I walked through the cheering throng, I reflected on the beginning of the trip and how I wondered whether there was any interest. The managers told me that they had been inundated with e-mails from the employees on the factory floor all morning about the trip and they insisted on greeting me in this way. I was truly humbled by the love they showed me. I just wish Jill could have been there to share such a special moment. From an inauspicious beginning exactly one week earlier, this road trip took on a life of its own and I feel I am the luckiest guy in the world. so thank you Tesla, Tesla owners and all of you that shared our journey. May you have clear sky in front of you and the wind at your back, I am faithfully yours. John Glenney aka myfastlady

  26. Mr taxpayer says:

    What should John & Jill’s road use charge be? With zero gas being purchased everyone else is paving the way for them to use the roads at no charge (Pun Intended)…

    Instead of offering tax credits to purchase a hybrid or EV let put a surcharge to on them.

    1. Jim Dickinson says:

      That day will come.
      Planners are already looking at the gas tax revenue shortfalls caused by increased fuel efficiencies of ICEs.

  27. Jim Dickinson says:

    How can there be no Supercharger in Houston, Texas? There are more Teslas here every week.

    1. kdawg says:

      They are not meant to be in major cities, but between them for long range trips.

      1. Jim Dickinson says:

        Okay, I see that, except for New York, Newark Delaware and Madison Wisconsin.
        But, I bet there would also be a benefit of creating public awareness for the brand and the technology in major markets.

        1. kdawg says:

          There is a charger at JFK, but not in NYC. Newark is outside of Philly, a major city. Hard to go much anywhere in the dense East coast, without being near a significantly sized city. Houston has 10x the population of Madison. I wouldn’t consider that statoin in a large city-center.

          I think the problem putting a station in a major city center would be over-use. People would use it for their weekly (possibly daily) charge for local driving, instead of what it was meant for, as a segue on long distance trips. The Superstations aren’t really even meant for destination charges, where your Tesla will sit for 4+ hours. L2 charging can be used at destinations.

          Note there is a Tesla galleria in Houston.
          http://www.teslamotors.com/houstongalleria