Tesla Model 3 Sets New Cannonball Run Record With InsideEVs On Board – Video

2 weeks ago by Eric Loveday 40

It’s a new record, in a brand spankin’ new Tesla Model 3 no less.

Completed in just 50 hours and 16 minutes. Check out timelapse of the record-setting drive above.

Model 3 Sets New Cannonball Record

Here are the vital stats:

  • Total time: 50 hours, 16 minutes, 32 seconds
  • Total mileage: 2,860 miles
  • Charging cost: $100.95

Video description:

On Thursday, December 28th, Alex Roy & Daniel Zorrilla departed the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California to test the range and reliability of one of the first Tesla Model 3 customer cars. Their destination was the Red Ball garage in New York City. The two completed their run in 50 hours and 16 minutes, setting a new record for the Electric Cannonball Run.

The Time Lapse Camera set up broke off its mount midway through the drive, we apologize for the tilted angle throughout the second half.

The previous Cannonball record for an electric car was set by a Tesla Model S with a time of 51 hours and 47 minutes.

We’ll have an additional detailed account of the event soon from InsideEVs contributor and owner of the record-setting Model 3, Daniel Zorrilla.

For more on Zorilla’s Model 3, click here.

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40 responses to "Tesla Model 3 Sets New Cannonball Run Record With InsideEVs On Board – Video"

  1. ModernMarvelFan says:

    14 charging session at 190 miles per stop would add about 7 hours of travel time. If that is the case, then the drive itself (on road) would average about 67 mph. Totally doable.

    A gas car averaging the same speed would take at least 44 hours with about 7-8 gas stops. (assuming 10 minutes per gas stop)

    Only 6 hours difference across the entire country isn’t a big deal at all.

    This just shows that a 300 miles EV with “quick enough” (150-200 miles per 30 minutes of DCFC) charging speed is more than good enough to replace all gas cars

    1. mzs.112000 says:

      At this point all that is needed is the Roadster mkII, Model Y, Pickup and maybe some 350kW chargers for the Roadster and Pickup(They have 200kWh batteries so the higher charge power is usefull).
      Norway will probably be the first country to replace all gas cars with EV.

      1. ModernMarvelFan says:

        I would say that Model Y is the most important entry next.

        But I still think we are missing a price segment which is between $18K to $30K. Tesla already said that they won’t address that segment. We will need other automakers to fill that gap.

        1. Jason says:

          Just wait until they have their market saturation and battery prices come down. Never say never, it will be just as lucrative market, maybe a spin off brand.

        2. Cavaron says:

          That segment will be obsolete with shared/rented Model 3, once full autonomy is there and the Tesla network is up and running (2021?).

          If you don’t need a car that often, renting by the minute will be much cheaper then 18k over the years. For medium use owning and sharing a M3 (e.g. while you are at work) will get the price down in the 20k range over the time.

        3. eltosho says:

          The TCO of a 35K EV is probably close to the TCO of a 25K fossil car if you do enough miles.

    2. DJ says:

      Except for the simple fact that a majority of the US can not afford such a car… Bring down the price a ways and you may have a point but as it stands today it isn’t. The future is obviously coming though.

      I guess when you don’t live in CA and you want a Model 3 this is what you do. I expect there will be a lot of such runs in the coming months!

      1. Robb Stark says:

        Half new car buyers in the US can afford a Model 3.

        1. bro1999 says:

          Not the one that was driven on this cannonball run.

    3. Curt C. Richerund says:

      Uh. Not really. Overall record is under 30 hours…

      the BeV wastes 20 hours, due to poky ‘refueling’.

      1. eltosho says:

        Yes, with a modified car with additional gas tanks…

    4. R2 says:

      It’s doable under 30 hours in ICE car. https://edbolian.com/the-cannonball-record/
      With cheap cars it’s possible to make this trip around 32 hours: http://www.the2904.org/podiums

      50 hours is a good time for BEV but that’s all.

      1. philip d says:

        Over the last 7 years 32 was the best attempt which happened to be this year. The average was 37 hours. Not every year is a better time achieved. Some years it is achieved with a slower time even by the same driver who has won the previous year.

        And these are the best times taken from a much larger field of participants competing for the best times. You can’t just say that the best times over many years in the ICE cannonball that has dozens of participants every year is equal to the best time achieved out one or two attempts in a Model 3.

        You could probably assume that if there were hundreds of attempts in a Model 3 that the most experienced drivers would get a best average time down to say 45 hours.

        So then the difference on average will be maybe 8-10 hours cross country for the most experienced cannonballers. This isn’t a big deal since pretty much nobody uses a car like this anyway.

        In reality the longest average trips taken by Americans are 400 miles or less. The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics show that when road trips get longer than 400 miles travelers turn to air travel.

        So for a vast majority of Americans traveling 400 miles or less in an EV with a 310 mile range with one stop for partial charging won’t be appreciably slower than taking the same trip in an ICE and stopping at least once to go to the bathroom anyway.

        Only a very small percentage of Americans will regularly need or want a car that can travel 7 hours or more with the least amount of time for fueling. And by the time EVs will have replaced ICEs for the majority of the average population then battery range and charging speed will have caught up and will satisfy that 1-2% that needs parity with a large tanked ICE.

        1. R2 says:

          We are comparing record runs, several attemps were made with Tesla Model S recently, all over 50 hours.
          BEV can’t compete with ICE when travelling for long distances today. You need to stop each 150 miles for 30 minutes to charge. With ICE you are able to refill gastank in 5 minutes and it should be enough for another 300 miles maybe more if you are not going too fast.

  2. God/Bacardi says:

    From wiki, all time record (modified car): “28 hours and 50 minutes October 19–20, 2013, averaging 98 miles per hour, including the 15 minutes it took to get out of Manhattan in a 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG. The drivers stopped three times for fuel. The car was equipped with two specially installed 22-gallon auxiliary fuel tanks in addition to its standard 23-gallon tank, a total of 67 U.S. gallons (250 L)”

    1. mx says:

      Average 98 miles per hour?
      That would mean long stretches at 130 mph, on US highways?
      Someone rolled the dice there.
      — Fate.

      1. DJ says:

        Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise at their finest!

      2. God/Bacardi says:

        It’s a fascinating story you should read: https://jalopnik.com/meet-the-guy-who-drove-across-the-u-s-in-a-record-28-h-1454092837

        One driver, two teammates, often had a lead driver who would drive the speed limit 200 miles ahead and report any issues…Had 3 radar detectors, laser jammers, police scanner, CB radio and various police reporting apps…They brought bedpans, but the worst part was, they said due to the extra tanks, the inside and out, always smelt like gas…

        1. Tom says:

          Car and Driver did a far more legal thing a few years back in a Jetta diesel where they put a 50 gallon tank of diesel in the back. And yeah they too reported that the whole affair was pretty foul toward the end. Especially since I’m pretty sure they took waayyyy….longer. I don’t have exact times but the idea was fuel efficiency not time.

      3. fotomoto says:

        One big reason for that 98mph average is they had about 1 hour of fuel stops not 7 hours charge time.

        Old racing adage: if you don’t slow down, you don’t have to speed up.

        1. God/Bacardi says:

          A couple more interesting points are that you could refill the tanks using two pumps…So perhaps the info is out there somewhere but it appears there were no bathroom breaks, pump refilling were literally like pit stops where seconds count…Also they COULD have gone faster in CA but the sun with in their eyes so they slowed down…They along with other “runners” state the real “race” is during the western states, often after OKC…

  3. MM says:

    This is an equal feat for the car and for Tesla’s charging network.
    My Mercedes wagon ate up the road like no other car and wasn’t bad camping in.
    We drove my Rabbit diesel pickup from Seattle to NYC in 3 days. 50 mpg and a 17 gallon tank.
    These days my 30kw Leaf does everything I need but there are still some charging deserts here in Washington State that turns travel into an expedition.

  4. georgeS says:

    @Dan Z
    If you average all the charging times, how fast were the charging speeds compared to the Tesla spec of 170 miles in 30 minutes

  5. James Reno says:

    What was your average watts per mile? Total kWh used? Do you know what your fully charged rated range is?

  6. Shane says:

    Pulled over (for speeding???) at 5:35. How much did that set you back?

    1. smy says:

      I was wondering if anyone else caught that. Looks like about 15 minutes lost. Could’ve been a sub-50!

  7. William says:

    Alex and Roy for the Win!
    A Model 3 and some good caffeine, can obviously achieve wonders.
    This new EV record, will be a hard one to break.

    1. Bernhard says:

      I doubt this record will be hard to break. Just wait for the warmer season. With no snow on the roads and less air resistance due to warmer temperature it should be possible to shape off at least one hour in charging time.

  8. ffbj says:

    Cool. I was within 95 cents of the cost to charge for the trip.

    1. ffbj says:

      ffbj
      January 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm
      Scratch that free 1k for Model 3, that is the new deal for S & X. You have to pay from the start, probably about 100 bucks to drive from CA to FL.

  9. Derek says:

    But really, it took almost twice as long as the record which has been well documented.

    1. Asak says:

      That record is only achievable by blatantly violating the law and risking your life as well as the lives of others by driving well over 100 mph for long stretches. It’s interesting, but pretty dangerous, and probably good that few try to break it.

      1. fotomoto says:

        Please. I guess you’ve never driven over much of the wide open western USA. 80-90mph cruising speeds on interstates isn’t atypical.

        To average 67mph over the width of the USA with 7 hours of charge time means these guys weren’t angels either.

    2. Curt C. Richerund says:

      Yeah, it certainly reinforces how ridiculous the long charging times are, even at the so-called “Superchargers”…

      Can’t imagine getting only 170 miles on a tank. That’s worse than my Honda CX-650 years ago. It’s a bad joke.

      1. Some Guy says:

        Then for sure don’t buy a Bugatti Veyron. At top speed, the range is less than 100 miles with a full tank. (In theory, because you have to stop around half the way for a new set of tires…)
        Also, your attempts to badmouth Tesla are futile, as always. Didn’t read a single post of you during the holidays, so I just assume that you now get paid for your trolling…

  10. Chipper6 says:

    Can’t wait for an un-loaded Semi cannanball run…

  11. Pete Repete says:

    48hrs out of 50 behind the wheel was spent checking likes & posting selfies on Facebook, instagram etc..

    Maybe just a little bit unsafe and unacceptable, but then I’m probably too old…

  12. JimGord says:

    Driver was texting while driving.

    Totally unprofessional and irresponsible

  13. Sladjo says:

    Some more data would have been really interesting, like how many chargings, how much charging time in total, and an average of (real) miles per charge…

  14. Huhu says:

    Consider this is done in Winter when the EVs perform the worst, truly impressive! Congratulations!!

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