New EV Record Set For Cross Country Trip From LA To New York, Just Under 59 Hours

APR 25 2015 BY JAY COLE 20

Carl Reese, Fiancee And Friends Complete Epic Drive In Record Time (via @EVrecordattempt)

Carl Reese, His Fiancee And A Few Friends Complete Epic Drive In Record Time (via @EVrecordattempt)

Stopping In Ohio (via @EVrecordattempt)

Stopping In Ohio (via @EVrecordattempt)

Well there is no “official” times for quickest coast-to-coast trips in a Tesla Model S, it seems to be a grueling adventure more than a few people are up for trying since the first trip was completed by a father/daughter team in January of 2014.

The old quasi-record was held by the Edmunds crew in July of 2014 who did it in 67 hour 21 mins.

Now a new group claims to have made the trip in 58 hours and 55 mins, or 9.5 hours better.

This new team is a California couple  – Carl Reese and his fiancée Deena Mastracci, but also with the help of an additional friend, a new Tesla Model S P85D, a chase vehicle (Chevy Suburban,) and three more friends to be support drivers and root them on.
Total miles traveled was 3,011, stopping for just 12 hours and 48 minutes of Supercharging along the way.

Over at Jalopnik they have done a really fantastic job going over all the sordid details of the butt-numbing journey, we suggest anyone interested check it out – here

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these kinds of trips are like the solar impulse flight. i suppose they prove a point to some extent, but they are so disconnected from day to day experience that they have no real practical value.

I completely disagree. We just got back from a long road trip in our Model S and I used the stats from the Edmunds trip to estimate how long it would take. We stayed in motels each night and saw a few sights along the way rather than doing the trip in a single red-bull fueled shot. But the data from the Edmunds trip let us decide we could do the trip without renting a conventional car.

I think one of our contributors passed them and commented when we posted this story.

Yep- my wife got a better view of the car (I was watching the road) and from her description I thought it was an official Tesla motors team. But I showed her a photo of this car and she confirmed it was the one she saw. Too bad we didn’t hit a supercharger at the same time as them- it would have been fun to hear their story.

*Sung in ‘Country Western’ Style*

“Piss in a bottle, when it starts to hurt.
Don’t pee on the leather.
Spurt spurt spurt.”


They cheated. In the Jalopnik article it said they “drafted the Tesla behind the Suburban NASCAR-style,” and they were “drafting behind the Suburban whenever they could to reduce air resistance.” In other words they were using energy from gasoline and the Suburban’s ICE to reduce the Tesla’s energy use and increase the Tesla’s range. What’s next, using an 18-wheel tractor trailer as a support vehicle to draft behind the entire cross country trip?

I have a friend who owns a Honda Insight (a parallel hybrid with engineering quite similar to an older Prius) who always drafts behind a tractor-trailer rig when driving on long highway trips, helping him get an instantaneous (not overall) 60 MPG when he’s doing that, at least according to the dashboard meter. I’ve sworn off riding with him on out of town trips because his constant tailgating at highway speed makes me nervous, but I certainly wouldn’t claim it’s “cheating”.

If the Model S in question didn’t have a support vehicle to draft behind, it could still do the same with random vehicles on the highway.

Which is still cheating, exactly like it would be if you turned off the engine and were towed for parts of the distance.

Besides, if you’re close enough behind the Suburban to draft, you’re way below the legal inter-car distance, let alone doing something pretty dangerous; I don’t think driving illegally should count.

OK, I’ve read the jalopnik piece… They never turned off the Suburban’s engine (except once or twice), which is ludicrous for an EV record run… Not even when they were filling it up with gas — which is also illegal and dangerous.

Not impressed, as EV records go. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, an EV record has to be done with no gasoline involved, period.

The tesla has adaptive cruise control that put you a safe distance from the lead car. The “drafting” in the article is misleading. The TACC was set to as it would on any trip with a tesla. Less than 1/5 of the entire trip was the suburban in the lead. We will post the video after Guinness has reviewed it. Six camera and more than a dozen SD Cards to compile.

OK, TACC certainly isn’t drafting. If that’s the case than you should get Jalopnik (who used the term “drafting”) to apologize & issue a retraction, and the record does “count” in my book.

However, I’m still disappointed at not turning off the SUV’s engine when refueling. It is illegal & dangerous, and especially disappointing with an EV record.
How often does it happen that a new-ish, brand name vehicle with a warm ICE engine won’t start?

Have you ever watched 32 Hours 7 mins? There is no such thing as cheating in a Cannonball. In the days of Brock Yates ” The rules are, there are no rules”

Uhm, that ‘husband and wife’ team who first made the trip in January 2014 were ‘father and daughter’, John and Jill Glenney.

We tip our hats to John and Jill Glenney.

I want to see a P85 beat the 37 hour record. It should have enough power and range

Coast to coast in a bit under two days, 10 hours? Wow! That’s dedication.

I see the Chevy Suburban support vehicle (if they were drafting behind it, it wasn’t a “chase” vehicle) is an extended-bed SUV. I presume the back of that was set up as a bed, to give drivers a chance to nap during the journey?

No news here, until a $35,000 BEV can do a coast to coast trip..that will be news.

For the record We followed the rules set forth by Guinness. The entire trip was recorded.

It’s officially recognized by Guinness Book of World Records.