Tesla Model S Completes Epic Journey

Tesla Model S Completes Epic Journey

With the epic cross-country Tesla Model S trip now behind us, Tesla Motors has put up a"By the Numbers" blog post highlighting all sorts of interesting coast-to-coast drive stats.

Here's that blog post in its entirety via Tesla Motors:

The Send Off

The Send Off

On Sunday morning, the Tesla Cross Country Rally team completed its record setting trip across the US. We brought you daily updates from the road on our blog. Now, we’re bringing you the numbers.

Total trip time - 76 hours, 5 minutes

Total time spent driving - 59 hours 34 minutes

Other “non-drive” time - 34 minutes - Used to put on chains before crossing Vail Pass.

Total charging time - 15 hours 57 seconds

Total miles traveled - 3,427

Longest distance between Supercharger locations - 247 miles from Flagstaff, AZ to Blanding, UT

Longest drive time between Superchargers - 4 hours, 56 minutes, 29 seconds to travel 162.5 miles from Silverthorne, CO to Cheyenne, WY

This overnight leg included a blizzard, more than 12 inches of snow, icy roads, and high winds, resulting in significant traffic delays, the closure and then re-opening of I-70, the closure of the I-25, and the re-routing of the drive to CO-14 and then US85.

Total number of closed roads & highways encountered - Two (I-70 and I-25, both in Colorado)

Lowest temperature encountered - -4F / -20C - During the drive between Albert Lea, MN and La Crosse, WI Superchargers.

The Entire Crew

The Entire Crew

Number of gasoline-powered support vans that broke down - One

Energy drinks consumed - Enough to power 1,400 lead-acid batteries - This is an estimate. Tesla uses lithium-ion batteries, which are friendlier to the environment.

Fuel saved per car - 136 gallons - Assumes distance of 3,400 miles and average of 25 mpg for a new gas-powered car.

Dollar amount of fuel savings per car - $435 - Assumes $3.20 per gallon of gas.

The Route

The new Supercharger route that spans the US cuts a northern pass, taking drivers close to natural and man-made attractions, such as Arches National Park, Colorado Monument, Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, the Grand Canyon, and the Hualapai Mountains. We didn’t have any time for sightseeing, but the views out the Model S windows were amazing. Here’s the exact route we took, including the distance between each Supercharger.

  • Hawthorne, Los Angeles to Barstow, CA 109 miles
  • to Kingman, AZ 210 miles
  • to Flagstaff, AZ 152 miles
  • to Blanding, UT 249 miles
  • to Moab, UT 75 miles
  • to Grand Junction, CO 109 miles
  • to Glenwood Springs, CO 90 miles
  • to Silverthorne, CO 94 miles
  • to Cheyenne, WY 165 miles
  • to Lusk, WY 158 miles
  • to Rapid City, SD 149 miles
  • to Murdo, SD 137 miles
  • to Mitchell, SD 141 miles
  • to Worthington, MN 127 miles
  • to Albert Lea, MN 116 miles
  • to La Crosse, WI 127 miles
  • to Mauston, WI 66 miles
  • to Highland Park, IL 201 miles
  • to Mishawaka, IN 121 miles
  • to Maumee, OH 151 miles
  • to Macedonia, OH 131 miles
  • to Somerset, PA 176 miles
  • to Hagerstown, MD 108 miles
  • to Newark, DE 137 miles
  • to New York City 128 miles
Superchargers skipped

Our goal for the cross country trip was to achieve the lowest possible charge time for an electric car traveling across the US. With that in mind, we selected a Supercharger route that let us spend minimal time at each post. That means the Tesla team necessarily had to skip some of the Superchargers along the route.

Holbrook, AZ Quartzsite, AZ Gallup, NM Farmington, NM Normal, IL Rockford, IL Angola, IN JFK Airport, NY Eau Claire, WI

Madison, WI

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