Latest Tesla ‘Cannonball’ Run Cuts Coast-To-Coast Time By Three Hours



A new record-breaking ‘Cannonball’ run in a Tesla Model S raises awareness and funds for a worthy cause.

The previous coast-to-coast record-setting electric car Cannonball run by Alex Roy came in at 55 hours. It was comprised of less than 12 hours of charging time, and was almost completely reliant on Tesla’s Autopilot mode.


Alex Roy, esteemed journalist with The Drive, was the previous record holder. He hopes to “pilot” the Tesla Autonomous Cross country trip before the end of 2017  – Image Credit: Alex Roy

The new record is significant for a variety of reasons. Jordan Hart and Bradly D’Souza shaved over three hours off Roy’s time, completing the journey in an impressive 51 Hours and 47 Minutes. They did it in a 2015 Model S P85D, and the stunt was an attempt to raise awareness and funds to combat human trafficking.

Additionally, this is the first time an electric car beat the original 1933 Cannonball 53.5-hour coast-to-coast run. It was set by an ICE car and held the record for almost 40 years.

The new record holding Model S is not as aerodynamic as the model that had previously set the record, as the earlier record was set in a post-refresh 2016 Tesla Model S 90D.

All specifics were officially verified via arrival and departure signatures, video footage, Instagram photos at every stop, time stamping, and GPS tracking.

Hart and D’Souza have a website which further details the journey and shares about the epidemic of human trafficking. You can check it out and donate at

Video Description via Driving the Future on YouTube:

Jordan and Bradly D’Souza set out in a Tesla Model S 85D on July 1st from LA to NY and set a new record by arriving in 51 Hours and 47 Minutes, besting the previous record held by Alex Roy and friends of 55 hours by a whopping 3 hours and 13 minutes.

They did it to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and also to raise support for the victims of this dark trade. Please go to to donate and learn more!

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21 Comments on "Latest Tesla ‘Cannonball’ Run Cuts Coast-To-Coast Time By Three Hours"

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This is awesome. More evidence that we’re slowly but surely leaving the ICE age. 🙂

Well the “ICE Age” still leads in this pointless but fun “race” by 28 hours to Tesla’s 51 hours. Nice part about the EV run, it gives drive time for safety naps.

I wonder how long it will take for a Bolt EV to do this if it could use the superchargers? Might be faster since it’s more aerodynamic, right?

I realize you’re joking, but aerodynamics shouldn’t matter (at least not in isolation), since there are set speed limits. It just comes down to overall efficiency and charging time. But it’s kind of a moot point right now since unless something has changed in the last few months, the Bolt can’t even make it cost to coast right now without relying on NEMA 14-50 or wall plugs.

“…aerodynamics shouldn’t matter (at least not in isolation), since there are set speed limits. It just comes down to overall efficiency and charging time.”

Since aerodynamics are a big part of energy efficiency when driving at highway speed, then absolutely the aerodynamics (or drag) matters a great deal, whether or not you’re obeying speed limits.

The Tesla Model 3 is going to have better energy efficiency than the Bolt EV, despite the near-certainty that it will have better acceleration, because its aerodynamics are so much better.

The Bolt EV is certainly better in certain respects, such as utility, usable cargo capacity, and rear seat head room. But in the area of energy efficiency, the M3 has it all over the Bolt EV.

I am not entirely sure of the efficiency of the Model 3 over the Bolt. The Model 3 looks to have far less air drag, but the Bolt might be a lot lighter. The Bolt if I recall correctly weighs about 3600 pounds while the Model 3 might be a lot heavier and may be less efficient in some scenarios.

Looking at plugshare today the CCS network is such that if the Bolt EV goes up through Utah it would be able to make it. Only exceptions is that between Salt Lake city and Denver it would need to stop for a couple of hours at an L2 (and take a back road). Also Through Nebraska would be cutting it close. You may need to stop at an L2 for an hour. Other than that no problem. I estimate that a Bolt EV today could make the trip in 69 to 70 hours with 23 – 24 hours spent charging 46 hours driving.

Assuming speed limits are obeyed, it’s dependent on speed and recharge time. The article and others are inaccurate in asserting aerodynamics or efficiency. S100D would make the fastest time. Of course speed and recharge time is slightly complex with Superchargers. Occasionally, it can be faster to go slower to skip a station.

In fairness, Tesla would have to make the run in a 237 mile range X75D.

Bolt recharges 90 miles 30 minutes vs. Teslas 170 miles 30 minutes. Figure the same 20 charging stops and Bolt would take 10 hours longer.

Well, according to another recent story a couple is doing a “non-stop” trip in Canada right now with a Bolt:

“They don’t plan to stop until they reach Newfoundland, the easternmost province, and touch the Atlantic Ocean.

In total, the road trip will take about two months, and it’s an ambitious challenge with a lack of charging stations and relatively slow CCS “fast charging.”

Would like to know if the speed limits were ever exceeded.

Let’s do some quick math with a little rounding and one assumption. It took almost 52 hours and going by the previous record almost 12 hours charging. So 40 hours to drive 2,830 miles. So they averaged 70 mph for the whole trip. Depending on the roads they chose, they may or may not have been breaking the speed limit.

What a worthy cause. Human trafficking and mass incarceration are the greatest scourges on our society.

Will donate.

On a 2nd look, I wish they had connected with a reputable organization already working on this cause.
The way it’s set up, I have no idea what the money will be used for. “Awareness” is not enough. Fact is, I wasn’t aware of their Cannonball until a week after the fact, and I follow EV news more than the average person.

I’m not saying it’s a scam, but the cause side of things doesn’t appear to have been thought through as well as the drive itself.

If anyone has additional information/insight, I’ll be grateful to read it.

So if they have to remain within speed limits, how did they shave 3 hours off the time? I noticed they left LA at night with almost no traffic visible and arrived in NY also dark and almost no traffic. So it works best going west to east and leaving at the right time. But without knowing, wouldn’t the previous run be similarly planned? In the previous run they stated 12 hours of charging, but no mention of charge time this time.

I think it might have to do with charging strategy. It looks like they charged every 90 miles to make the charging as fast as possible.

Not sure about any speed limits either. The ice car GT-R averaged 107 mph not inluding 23 minutes of stops. It had extra fuel tanks. I estimate the Tesla averaged 70+ not including stops. Playing under different rules or just different risk tolerance?

I took the question to mean how they shaved time off the EV score if speed and route were the same. Really not much “control” as traffic, time of year, construction so the timing is sort of interesting.

But keeping the battery level low and doing fast charges so they got 170 miles in 30 minutes they might minimize the charging time.

Their frequency was every 140 miles, 20 charges

Thanks, that works out to 8-1/4 hours charge time.

I’d like to see BEV vs. FCEV Tahoe to San Diego. Now that would be interesting.

How about a “true” Cannonball run, where different EVs start at the same time / location with the same target destination. Bolt, Leaf, Ionic, eGolf, Soul, Tesla 3, S, X