Team Uber Qik Breaks Two Electric Vehicle Coast-to-Coast World Records – LA To NY In 58 Hours & 55 Minutes

MAY 18 2015 BY MARK KANE 16

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 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.

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

Team Uber Qik drove a Tesla from Los Angeles to New York in 58 hours and 55 minutes

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16 Comments on "Team Uber Qik Breaks Two Electric Vehicle Coast-to-Coast World Records – LA To NY In 58 Hours & 55 Minutes"

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Speculawyer

I used to think these stunts were completely pointless. And then I met several people that had no idea that a Tesla can easily drive across the country. So I guess word still needs to get out.

viatierra

Like the Mille Miglia of the past, these “stunts” are an unambiguous statement about the progress and capability of this technology. What was once impossible can now be done, and it is incrementally becoming easier! It is a big deal and kinda fun. It’s motorsport.

Jim_NJ

Yes, quite a few people still need to be educated and these events help. I remember talking with a co-worker about why she would never buy an electric car, i.e. because of long trips. I stated Tesla’s specs, e.g. stop after your first 200 miles for a 20-30 minute charge. She said she would not want to stop two hours into a long trip. I pointed out that most people don’t drive 100 miles per hour. She kind of rolled her eyes.

I know another person who claimed they pack the kids and wife into the SUV for long trips and start out at night, travelling 800-1000 miles in 8-10 hours. Once again, he thought he actually was able to drive 100 miles per hour for 8-10 hours straight. I don’t think there’s a place on the plane that you can do that, and I doubt there are any wives/mothers who would tolerate it.

Jim_NJ

edit: “place on the planet”

Speculawyer

Yeah, even if you do drive at 100 mph occasionally and eat in the car, there is a lot of slowing, stopping, refueling, bathroom breaks, etc. And why do you want to make traveling so miserable?

electric-car-insider.com

I plan to set the record for slowest, most fun coast to coast drive in a Model S this fall. Robert Pirsig style. “Making good time with the emphasis on good.”

Drop me a line of you want to drive a leg.

Ocean Railroader

I have plans of taking a 200 to 600 Mitsubishi i-miev trip when I get the car to try it as a test run for when oil runs out. Or if I end up buying the car in another state and drive it home which as if now that is starting to build up. The only thing stopping my state line joy ride is I’m waiting for them to build two to four chamo quick chargers in Southern Virginia.

The trip will most likely be white knuckle with tons of charging rage and depression. Unless it’s on a section of highway with a quick charger that works every ten to five miles.

It will also have the moto four lane expressway bad two lane black top good.

sven

It’s like déjà vu all over again.
-Yogi Berra

http://insideevs.com/new-ev-record-set-for-cross-country-trip-from-la-to-new-york-just-under-59-hours/

These were the guys who “drafted the Tesla behind the Suburban NASCAR-style,” and they were “drafting behind the Suburban whenever they could to reduce air resistance.” That’s some world record. :-/

http://jalopnik.com/they-drove-a-tesla-from-la-to-new-york-in-a-record-58-h-1699782187

Carl Reese

We used the tesla traffic aware adaptive cruise control. Not exactly drafting. But I can see how that makes for a good article. The SUV carried support team required by Guinness. Without the SUV we could make the same time. Drafting suggests we were 3″ off the bumper. TACC safely follows cars I front of you at a distance of 5-7 car lengths.

wavelet

Carl,
Congrats on the record!
Have you tried to get Jalopnik to correct their report and remove the “drafting” description? It’s doing you a lot of damage.

Someone out there

Next record to set: reversing from LA to NY

Ambulator

Most boring captions, ever!

Congratulations to Carl and the rest.

Anon

Yeah. 6 images, six cut and paste captions all saying exactly the same thing…

Tony Williams

Well done. I invite the entire crew to join us for the third BC2BC-2015 All Electric Vehicle Rally, 12-20 Sept 2015.

TonyWilliams@AllElectricVehicleRally.org

pjwood1

Map shows they went PA-MD, and then onto NY. The Somerset PA charger (West PA) can span all the way to Hamilton Twnshp, NJ (~265mi), if you just back off the throttle. Somerset is at 2,000′ elevation, which helps a lot. Range charge, “Nap ‘n go”. Just did it this weekend, or 2,000 miles of it.

Getting from CA, to NY, in just over two days, says a lot about Tesla. The ~130 mile initial charges of the battery, take just 20-25 minutes, or the time to get coffee, use facilities, etc. Then, it was generally off to the next one.

turboro

I like this record from Europe as well:

4’000km and 10 Countries in 48h with Model S!!

http://ecomento.tv/2015/03/26/elektroauto-rekordfahrt-4000-kilometer-in-zwei-tagen/