Tesla Model S Epic Electric American Road Trip – 12,184 Miles in 24 Days

MAY 3 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 20

Road Trip Stats

Road Trip Stats – Note Total Distance Is Not Accurate.  Total Miles Drive Was 12,184

Epic Electric American Roadtrip

12,184 Miles Driven

The “Epic Electric American Roadtrip” was recently completed recently and it took 24 days using a Tesla Model S.

The driver of the Model S was Norman Hajjar, Recargo’s research director, who originally set out to prove several points related to fully electric vehicles.  Needless to say, Hajjar succeeded in achieving his goal.

Hajjar proved that electric vehicles have lots of potential and are road-trip worthy, all with only spending minutes at each charging station. Not to mention, waking up to a fully charged vehicle ready for the days adventure.

A live road trip & Twitter feed has kept everyone updated throughout with many posts and pictures.

A total of 12,184 miles were driven and the Model S was charged a total of 91 times taking only minutes at 59 different Superchargers 86 times.  The remaining charges were twice using Level II home chargers, two Nissan CHAdeMO stations and once using a 120v to trickle charge during an overnight stay at a hotel.

If this trip were to be done with a gasoline powered car, it would have cost around $2,000 burning 480 gallons of gas at 25 miles per gallon. Not to mention, an oil change or 2 would have been needed as well.

Road trip complete!

We originally broke the news right as this event had started, which you can take a look back at by clicking on the link below.  Pictures taken during this event can be viewed here.

 – Tesla Model S Epic Electric American Roadtrip – Mile 0.

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20 Comments on "Tesla Model S Epic Electric American Road Trip – 12,184 Miles in 24 Days"

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2000 for gas and 120 for oil changes, thats 2120 compared to 0.

Even if they paid for the electricity at a 12 cents/KWH rate, it would be less than $500 for the electricity.

That’s 2000 for gas and >>120 for oil changes.

Gas cars in the last 10-20 years do not require oil changes, just the oil filter.
Oil needs to be added periodically and that is it.

Millions of gallons of engine oil is wasted every year so that oil companies can sell more oil and car dealers can milk more out of their costumers.

Just ask anyone who really understands engines.

So technically it costed the amount for supercharger capability if they had used gas, so you can take that into account. nice

And there really is no valid reason to use gas anymore after this.

Is Elons family trip done? Haven’t heard a peep about it.

+1. His wife announced a month ago that it was on its way, but the trail seems to end there.

Sounds like Tesla hooked him up with a pre-release version of the CHADEMO adapter.

THATS Awesome. Great driver, great Tesla!

i like the part about the charges taking “only minutes” without stating *how many* minutes. note the nearly 110 hours of charging time – that’s over 4.5 days. compare that to the amount of time that you would spend filling a gasoline tank when driving 12,000 miles; that would involve about 30 or 40 fill ups, so even if you allow 15 minutes/fill up, that would be about 10 hours of fill time. all this proves is that if a person is dedicated to “proving” that you can drive long distances in a Tesla, that there are enough Supercharger stations that will allow you to plot a route to achieve your goal. but this doesn’t have a lot of relevance for real world driving. it is simply not realistic to believe that BEVs are going to displace gasoline driving cars. the intelligent use of EVs is to displace gasoline driving for local and day to day driving; that would put a big dent in gasoline usage. I have a Chevrolet Volt and most of my gasoline usage is during the colder months when I get less EV range; I use next to no gasoline during the warmer months. so I… Read more »

Note that much of the time was for charging while sleeping.

Level 2 while you sleep is super convenient.
You can have that in your Volt for road trips as well. 🙂

he averaged over 500 miles per day on this trip. that means that most of the recharges were not done overnight. the only way to keep going would be to plan the route to be able to use Supercharger stations. so he would have had to recharge 3 or 4 times per day; at 30 minutes/stop for an 80% recharge and 1 hour/stop for a full recharge.

unless he did very careful route planning (which I suspect he did, but the level of planning would be onerous for most drivers), it is hard for me to imagine that he was able to get full recharges from overnight charging. charging at 120v is pretty useless because it would take 3 days to fully charge an 85kwh battery. 240v@24A would take over half a day, so you would minimally need 240v@40A to achieve a full overnight charge. to achieve a 4hr full recharge, you would need 240v/80A service. how likely is it that you would just happen across this kind of service while just driving around?

I strongly disagree with your statement – BEVs with 200+ mile range would work perfectly for everyone. From the long distance road trips that I have done of 10 to 18 hours of driving – if I try to go gas station to gas station with 3 to 4 hours of driving with only 10 minute stops – I VERY quickly become exhausted, drained, and quite arguably become an UNSAFE driver or even a road hazard. On the other hand – build in 30 to 45 minute breaks out of the car every 200 miles / 3 hours or so – I stay more attentive and able to continue on.

Oh – how long do you need for a supercharger?? That’s right – about 30 to 45 minutes!! The cars needs line up PERFECTLY with human physical needs!

if your driving involved 100 miles/day and you had a 120v outlet (as most people do) the Tesla model S would not be reliable transportation because you would only get about 30 miles on an overnight charge. keep in mind, in colder climates, during the winter months, you might be lucky to get 150 miles on a full charge…then you’d really be up the creek if the Model S was your only car.

the saving grace here is that if you spend 6-figures to get an 85 kwH Model S, you are probably going to install at least a 240v/40a circuit; but unlike apparently you, not “everyone” can spend that kind of money on a car, especially when you would need to keep a backup car.

I see the future of the BEV as being for commuter cars because I think that the intelligent objective is to reduce gasoline usage, not to unrealistically expect that you can entire replace the need for gasoline usage. there is a history of people owning second cars for work (as distinguished from the “family car”); but historically, these were often used cars, so is needed to make this model work is low cost BEVs.

WTF? Who would get a 120V charger if they have a Tesla Model S?

You can easily replace most gas cars because 90% daily driving is less than 100 miles a day. Rent/carshare/borrow/own another hybrid/gas car for long trips.

For another Tesla road trip you can actually search on Youtube. There’s a guy in Norway who made video about his trip, his name is Bjorn Nyland.

I fully agree that EVs can replace *most* driving. but there are times when you can run up over 100 miles doing local driving; and it tends to be unplanned – you just happen to find yourself having to drive around a lot more than you anticipated. then, as stated before, the heater is a significant drain on the stored battery charge, so there are seasonal aspects to EV driving.

all things considered, BEVs are not reliable transportation for most drivers, at least not as your sole vehicle. I took a look at the nyland video, but nyland is an EV enthusiast, not a typical driver; he got 233 miles on a charge during winter through a combination of hypermiling (e.g. driving at speeds below 45 mph) and regen from a long downhill grade. even with all of that, it was still a high risk drive. from watching the video, I got the impression that nyland has had the experience of running out of charge; that’s the kind of thing with which an EV enthusiast is willing to live, but that is not typical.

Guess how many times per year the average US driver drives more than 500 miles per day in his own car. That would be way less than once. Don’t know which Walmart, Costco, Home Depot infested country you are residing in but very cheap or free trump service and convenience in the US. It would be great if BEV’s could also fill up in 5 minutes but for most people it is only an imaginary issue.

Besides, most gas fill-ups are for regular daily driving which BEV’s replace with a daily 10-20s plug-in. Even the sum of convenience is in favor of a BEV as long as one doesn’t have >250 mile daily driving and and plug-in at home.

Achieved an average of 3.5kWh per EV mile! With an Impressive 297.5 max range per 85kWh maximum theoretical capacity. A normally aspirated V8 or V6 would struggle to match 300 on a tank in stop start real world driving conditions. 150 mpge is testament to an electric drivetrains overall efficiency.

Or rather 3 and a half miles per kWh…

I am blessed to be on a 5000ft mountain with 22 switchbacks for 9 miles (Mount Palomar CA) perfect for a Model S. I will recharge on the way down, and I have still almost all downhill every where I go. Yes I will enjoy my Tesla whenever I get it!!