Road Trip From Seattle To Atlantic City In Tesla Model S 85D – Video

MAY 10 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 12

Ready to set off on this cross-country road trip!

Ready to set off on this cross-country road trip!

A family with a Tesla Model S 85D (Dual-Motor, AWD) ventures out on a road trip from Seattle – Atlantic City.

The family mainly relied on the large network of Superchargers, with just a couple L2 charging station stops aong the way.

Total miles driven: 3,231 miles at an average of 325 wh/mi, all without a drop of gas!

This proves that, once again, the Model S is a highly capable road-trip vehicle. The long range, coupled with a short, 30-minute charging time, makes the Model S the most road-trip capable electric car.

We can’t overlook that it has lots of room for cargo too.

Hypermiling? Ain't nobody got time for that!

Hypermiling? Ain’t nobody got time for that! – 4:56 mark.

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I’d be interested to know how much total time was spent charging on this trip. It’d also be interesting to know how much of that wait time was spent constructively (like eating or sight-seeing) versus how much was spent just watching the charge indicator, anxious to get back on the road. I would imagine there would be a bit of both.

I think Tesla should build superchargers at Luray Caverns and other Show Caves along with other attractions that you spend one to two hours looking at. In that if the car can go 240 to 300 miles on a charge and you stop for a hour or three at a roadside attraction then you could still drive 600 miles in a day and not lose any time.

My guess is that they spent about 30 to 40 miles each super charging stop, and they generally drove about 150 miles between stops.

Speaking for myself for what few really long road trips I’ve done, I take about a 30 minute rest break after every 2 hours of driving. Consequently, time spent super charging would not be a problem for me.

This was a really need video to watch.

There is a plus side to the Tesla Model S existing that could help low range EV users. And that is the Tesla Model S could provide a good customer base to subsidize or put a reason for a electric car charging company to build chamo stations.

Such as if you have a company that builds a chamo station every 30 to 50 miles on a highway and you have a herd of 500 Tesla Model S driving on the same route with a few of them stopping at each charging station. Then the high range Teslas would make money for a charging station that would rarely see a leaf or i-miev. But the charging station if it has two or three ports could help a low range ev while making most of it’s money from Tesla charging.

Not gonna happen. Given a choice between Free (and faster) Tesla Superchargers vs. fee-based chadaemo (and slower) chargers, the Teslas would choose free.

Chadaemo only makes sense where there are NO superchargers along the way. With the national deployment progressing as quickly as it is, there will be fewer and fewer places where this could happen.

There are still thousands of routes that you could drive a Tesla on and not run into a supercharger. The superchargers are only located on Interstates every 80 to 140 miles. There are tons of cases were you could change a route and never see a supercharger.

It’s hard to see why anyone driving a Model S would choose to avoid the Supercharger network on a road trip. Sure, the last 100-200 miles might be driving away from the network, but there’s no rational reason not to stick to Supercharged routes as long as possible. Leaving that network would make the trip take much longer.

CHAdeMO chargers would be okay for destination charging, and for occasions where it would take longer to drive to a Supercharger than the additional wait time at a CHAdeMO station. But as Tesla builds more and more Supercharger stations, any en route charging at CHAdeMO chargers will become more and more rare.

There are a lot of routes that are on 4 lane limited access facilities with 70mph limits that are not Interstates. Having fast chargers on these routes would make a Tesla fit my life but without Superchargers on routes like this I will have to continue to burn some gasoline.

A roadtrip doesn’t mean making the shortest trip possible… With many the purpose is to make a long, enjoyable trip and actually see the country. That means backroads, or minor highways, not limited-access freeways.

So what you’re saying is that Tesla is still working on the problem?

Awesome vid hope to do that with my fam some day
My biggest question is how was the kids

Slap a big graphics ad on the side of your Tesla and create some buzz about a long trip . . . boom, your Tesla and trip become tax-deductible advertising expenses.