Tesla Model S Sets Unofficial Range Record at 423.5 Miles

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 13

Tesla Model S

Ever wonder how far a Tesla Model S can go on a single charge? How's 423.5 miles sound?

Though still unofficial, it’s come to our attention, that a Tesla Model S owner broke past the 400-mile barrier without stopping to recharge.  Is range no longer an issue for owners of Tesla’s electric vehicles?  Or is this some type of media-grabbing publicity stunt?

Tweet away Elon Musk! This one is definitely brag-worthy.

Truth is that Elon Musk always believed that the 85-kWh version of the Model S was capable of breaking past the 400-mile single-charge mark and even previously challenged owners to shoot for that seemingly impossible target.

Model S owner David Metcalf and his son Adam set out on the roads of Florida to see whether the Model S could indeed break past the 400-mile mark.  David didn’t call it quits at 400 miles.  Rather, the duo continued to urge the Model S’ electric motor to keep whirring until the vehicle came to a temporary stop (it was eventually towed home for a 10-hour recharge) at 423.5 miles.

Upon completion of this extraordinary adventure, Mr. Metcalf received a call from Tesla vice-president George Blankenship.  Even the outspoken and impossibly busy Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, found time to post a tweet congratulating the range defying duo of David and Adam.

Over 400 miles! That's certainly a record breaker.

As we wait for the Guinness Book of World Records to officially verify the distance covered by this particular Model S—a time-consuming process that could take up to 2 months of evidence checking and precise distance calculations—we direct you to David’s twitter feed for a wealth of additional information on this impressive feat.

via Green Car Reports

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13 responses to "Tesla Model S Sets Unofficial Range Record at 423.5 Miles"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    Welcome aboard Eric Loveday.

    I told Jay INsideEV’s had the potential to be better than ABG and now look who they recruited.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Thanks George. Glad to be part of the team here. Jay, Lyle and I have a lot of history and I’m thrilled to have finally reunited with both of them. Look forward to reading your comments and I value your feedback.

  2. vdiv says:

    This is a great story to start Tuesday.

    If price was not a significant consideration I would not be surprised if the majority of the current plug-in drivers are currently considering a Tesla. The company and the cars are by no mean perfect, but they are such a leap from the status quo and so important for proliferation of EVs that they deserve our support. The Model X and the speculated Model E (the more affordable sedan) cannot come too soon.

  3. long distance traveler says:

    On famliy’s annial trip to Glacier National Park, we put ~600 miles/day for 4 consecutive days in our ~$25,000 family cars.

    This is for rich trend setters at average people’s expense ($7,500 federal tax break apiece plus the federal loans to Tesla).

    1. Brian says:

      And if that’s the one trip you take each year, you could rent a car for about $200, saving wear and tear on your family car in the process.

      If that’s one of many trips, then you are the exception, not the so-called “trend setters”. Even the Leaf with its 73-mile range works exceedingly well for the average person, if they were only willing to give it a try.

    2. Open-Mind says:

      Most new technology is initially targeted at the rich trend setters. That’s good! It’s their funding that allows the technology to eventually get cheaper and reach the masses.

      Like DVD players that started at $1000 and eventually went down below $50. Guess how many VCR owners complained that “DVD players are for rich trend setters.”

  4. ClarksonCote says:

    400 real world “winter driving” mile range would allow me to go all electric without an extended range option. That’s what I’m holding out for!

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      (Until then, I’m loving my Volt!)

  5. Eco_Turbo says:

    Not bad for a bunch of 16650s welded together.

  6. Fabian says:

    Just to claify, that 85kwh version of the model S is like 100k.

    1. William says:

      Wow, cheaper than my Mercedes? Sold!

  7. James says:

    I love Tesla cars and am continually impressed by them. I wish I had the cash to afford one.

    That being said, if you drain a battery down until the car doesn’t run anymore then you likely destroyed the battery in the process.

    Sounds like these folks will be buying a new battery or Tesla will be replacing it under warranty.

  8. James says:

    We don’t hear many stories about hypermiling evs, so this one is a very welcome bit.

    Anyone who has owned a hybrid or connected a scan guage to a conventional oil burner to experiment with maximizing their
    mileage results realizes he could push any ev further on a charge than any lead-footed hack without a clue of pulse-and-
    glide or momentum driving. This acknowledged, 423 miles in
    the superb Tesla S is a significant accomplishment and no
    “stunt”. We know this because this story has drawn out the
    “Boo Birds” who tirelessly seek to point out the same old,
    tired falsities about electrics such as we see here – like,
    “evs aren’t ready for prime time”, “evs are for the rich˝,
    or the one that always elicits an eye-roll or heavy sigh –
    “evs are powered by dirty coal”.