Team Uber Qik Breaks Two Electric Vehicle Coast-to-Coast World Records – LA To NY In 58 Hours & 55 Minutes
Team Uber Qik raised the bar for coast-to-coast journey in an electric car.
Drivers Rodney Hawk, Deena Mastracci and Carl Reese drove from Los Angeles City Hall on April 16 to New York City Hall on April 19 in 58 hours and 55 minutes setting a new unofficial record for Guinness Book of World Records.
Of course they used a Tesla Model S (the latest P85D version), moving from Supercharger to Supercharger along the way. This is currently the only solution to set a new record, as no other electric car has range and infrastructure properly covered.
They set also a second record for least charging time in an EV at 12 hours and 48 minutes.
“Accompanied by witnesses and timekeepers, Anthony Alvarado, Matt Nordenstrom and Johnnie Oberg, Jr., Team Uber Qik, led by Reese, broke the previous EV U.S. coast-to-coast time record of 67 hours and 21 minutes set by a team from Edmunds.com in summer 2014. While the team broke two records during this trip, Guinness only recognizes the “least non-driving time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle,” meaning the shortest amount of charging time. The team logged just 12 hours and 48 minutes plugged in at Tesla’s growing network of supercharging stations conveniently located along major freeways and free to use for all Tesla owners.“
Carl Reese of Santa Clarita, California said:
“I was inspired by my grandfather who took me on road trips as a child and Alex Roy who broke the cross-country record in a gasoline vehicle in 2006. Tesla is such a compelling car company that is creating tens of thousands of American jobs, with Tesla Motors in Fremont, California, Giga Factory in Sparks, Nevada, and Space X in Hawthorne, California.”
Team Uber Qik was sponsored by global fleet tracking company GPS Insight, as well as by InspectMobile.com, TeslaGrille.com and Chalkolot.com.