Video: Tesla Model S Supercharges to Drive 846 Miles in 59 Hours for Free

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 7

Using only Tesla Superchargers to travel long distances is something that Tesla CEO Elon Musk will prove feasible in the near future, but why wait for Musk to show the world it can be done when we’ve already got video of someone doing it?

Note: It Should Say 846...Not 864...Either Way, That's Still a Lot of Electric Miles

Note: It Should Say 846…Not 864…Either Way, That’s Still a Lot of Electric Miles

Okay, so Musk’s journey is a coast-to-coast trip, whereas this one is from Los Angelese to San Francisco and back, but the general idea is much the same.

Here’s the descriptor that goes along with the Model S road trip:

“We took our 2013 Tesla Model S P85 on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco Bay area and back. This real-world experience tested the feasibility of long-range EV driving in California and the practicality of utilizing Tesla’s supercharging stations in the Golden State.”

So, it’s Superchargers only and the goal is to prove that long-range driving in a Model S is a breeze thanks to these Superchargers that keep popping up everywhere.

Here are the stats from this LA to San Fran and back journey:

Total distance driven: 846 miles
Total trip time: 59 hours
Total kWh used: 293 kWH (346 Wh/mi)
Total supercharger stations visited: 4
Total time waiting to charge: 1/2 hour (only in Fremont)
Total energy cost: $0 (all charging stations were free)
Total CO2 emission: 0

Could another electric vehicle complete this trek in the same amount of time?  Perhaps…but would charging the whole way be free?  We highly doubt it.

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7 responses to "Video: Tesla Model S Supercharges to Drive 846 Miles in 59 Hours for Free"

  1. David Murray says:

    Its interesting to see how busy these supercharger stations are. There’s always another Tesla there. Our L2 and chademo stations around in DF/W are rarely used and only once have I ever driven up to one and seen another EV charging. But these superchargers are in the middle of nowhere, so the only people using them are people who are travelling. So it is amazing to see how many Teslas are used for travelling.

  2. Warren says:

    This is the same distance we used to travel to visit my parents, one or twice a year. We did it in two days, so Tesla is getting close. But really, unless you are a traveling salesman, who cares?

    I think I’d buy a Spark EV, keep the Corolla for trips, leave the other 64 kWh of batteries for people’s laptops, and invest the other $70K!

    1. Robert says:

      They didn’t have to take three days, they chose to.

      Something I’ve read from a lot of Tesla road-trippers is that often times the trip is part of the fun now, not just getting to the destination.

      Driving a Tesla is very enjoyable so people actually take the time to enjoy the scenery and the comfortable ride.

  3. john says:

    Like the video. Having a roadtrip for free! very nice…

  4. io says:

    “Total CO2 emission: 0”
    Hmm… Certainly a LOT lower than any fossil-fuel vehicle, but I doubt those couple solar canopies will ever offset anywhere near the output of SC stations, and while California has pretty much completely eliminated coal from its grid and is getting cleaner every year, it still has a good share of NG power plants.
    http://www.energyalmanac.ca.gov/electricity/total_system_power.html

    “Could another electric vehicle complete this trek in the same amount of time?”
    This distance, yes, but in either case the infrastructure has to be there obviously.
    http://insideevs.com/video-can-a-nissan-leaf-go-500-miles-in-a-day-you-bet/

  5. jsamp says:

    59 hours?!? Audi just completed a 2850 mile, LA to NY drive in 46 hours and change. Supercharging has a long way to go to match what ICE can do. Here’s the report:
    http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/27/cross-country-audi-tdi-drive-video/

    1. io says:

      As should be blatantly obvious, those people in the Model S took their sweet time to eat, sleep etc, and were absolutely not trying to set any kind of speed record.