A 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD just set the new EV Cannonball Run record. It was piloted by a family from Switzerland, however, they were driving the car on a vacation in the United States. The Thomsen family decided to add the cross-country road trip to their travel plans, but those plans quickly shifted to attempting a Cannonball Run.

Having owned multiple Tesla vehicles since 2012, the Thomsen's are hardcore fans. They bought the Model 3 in Europe and had it shipped to the U.S. The three drivers set out from the Red Ball Garage in New York City on Friday, July 12 at 11:02 PM. They completed the trip just 48 hours and 10 minutes later, at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, California.

The previous EV Cannonball Run record of 50 hours and 16 minutes was set by automotive writer and editor Alex Roy and InsideEVs contributor Daniel Zorrilla.

For more specific information, check out the video above and the detailed description below.

Video Description via futurematters on YouTube:

Swiss Team sets New Cannonball EV Record

The Ultimate Family Roadtrip

How a Swiss family took their Tesla Model 3 on the epic Cannonball Run from New York City to Los Angeles and set a new record for crossing the United States from east to west in an electric vehicle.

The Trip

Starting in New York City at “Red Ball Garage” on 31st and 3rd Avenue on Friday, July 12th at 11:02 pm EDT, they arrived at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach at 08:12 pm PDT on Sunday, July 14th, making the 2’835 mile (4’562 km) trip in 48 hours and 10 minutes. To our knowledge, beating the previous record time for EVs by 2 hours and 6 minutes. The average speed of 58.9 mph (94,8 km/h) included 19 stops at Tesla Superchargers on the way. The overwhelming majority of the trip was driven by using the Tesla Autopilot, including the “navigate on autopilot” functionalities. The drive was documented with a start-to-finish time-lapse video and with the time-stamped supercharging protocol.

The Route

The Cannonball Run can be done either way between the Red Ball Garage in NYC and the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA. The Thomsen Family Team drove the southern route through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona to California.
The total distance driven was 2’835 miles, including access to and from Tesla supercharger locations. On the trip, we consumed a total of 832 kWh of energy, averaging 293 Wh/mi (182 Wh/km). The trip was driven with three drivers, cabin temperature set at around 70 degrees, AC on at 100% of the time. Throughout the run car carried about 840 lbs (380 kg) payload in passengers, luggage and supplies. The total charging cost amounts to US $ 136.26.

The Car

We drove the trip in an unmodified 2018 Tesla Model 3 LR RWD (US version, VIN 32XX), which we purchased in January 2018. The car drove on its factory 19’ tires and was unmodified. It had about 11’500 miles on the odometer at the start. The car is owned by the Thomsen family and had been used in Europe between May 2018 and June 2019, then reimported into the US in June 2019 and re-registered in New Jersey. This car was the very first Tesla Model 3 registered in Switzerland, roughly a year before the first European versioned cars arrived. It was a “local hero” in the time, often test-driven and cited in the press throughout Europe.

The Drivers

The drivers were Lars Thomsen (a future researcher for corporate foresight), his wife, musician, and entrepreneur Betty Legler and their daughter Robin Jedi Thomsen, an 18-year-old college student who obtained her driver’s license just two weeks prior to the trip.

The Thomsen family have been Tesla customers since 2012 and have owned various Tesla models. When planning their 2019 summer vacation, the idea of a family road trip through the US came up and quickly evolved to crossing the country on the legendary Cannonball Run.

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