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



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

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Congrats John and Jill! job well done.

I see the Hagerstown Md. SC is open now.

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.


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

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.

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.

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

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. 🙂


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

Don’t you guys know Cheryl works for BMW? 😉


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.

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

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.

Troll much?

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?


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.

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.

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

Thank you InsideEVs, good job!


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

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?

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

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

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

Gas cost would have been $500

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

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

Congratulations! I loved reading about this.

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! 🙂

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?”


+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.

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.

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

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

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.



I needed that on this Monday morning!


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


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!

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

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

Well done, John and Jill… and Tesla!

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.

It would take quite a bit longer in an i3. 😉

With Extender

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.

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

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. 🙂

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.

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.

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

Here’s all the posts from MyFastLady. Everyone in the Tesla plant gave him a round of applause. ———– | 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… Read more »
One last post: | 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… Read more »

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.