Tesla Model X Goes Coast To Coast With A Camping Trailer In Tow! (Video)

SEP 7 2016 BY JAY COLE 42

A couple from British Columbia just completed a 15,000 km (9,300 miles) cross-Canada journey in a new Tesla Model X, travelling from Victoria, B.C. to Saint John’s Newfoundland.

First coast-to-coast Tesla Model X journey in North America with camping trailer in tow (via CBC)

First coast-to-coast Tesla Model X journey in North America with camping trailer in tow (via CBC)

Better yet, they were the first to make such a trek pulling a camping trailer as well.

Thus proving that long distance recreation travelling can be done via the plug – although a reliance on campgrounds, and their build-in/available access to 50 Amp/240 V service was a must.

CBC reports on the adventure (via video above), with the duo stating:

“Our mission was to promote electric cars and sustainable energy, because we know when we got the car, that we would be one of the first to do this kind of thing, and we wanted to use that opportunity to raise awareness and let people know that electric cars are a true alternative.”

Total cost of electricity spend on the 15,000 km journey?  $8.50

Check out the TeslaXCanada website for full trip details and more videos, hat tip to Andrew D!

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Well done! It must be exciting to be the first, but it will also be exciting when this is common place.

Does the $8.50 spent for electricity include the price of electric access at campgrounds? I’ve stayed at NYS campgrounds with electric, and it’s typically about $5/night more than a non-electric site. Is that not true in Canada?

Hey Brian. Question for you since you have done this camp site thing before.

The Model S and X use a 50 amp outlet with a 4 prong 240V plug. specifically it is a 14-50 outlet.

Are 14-50 outlets standard fare at most US camp sites?? I thought motor homes used 110V plugs.

Large campers and RVs would typically have the 240v 14-50 connections. That would supply them both 120v and 240v power (A/C, stove, TV, etc).

Quick google image search

Small photo:

Large photo: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/wVYBei5BZmw/maxresdefault.jpg

good info scott. Probably would depend on the camp site with smaller ones only offering 30 amp 110…..hmmm I know the S will charge on a 20 amp 110 but I don’t know about 30 amps 110.

30 amp 110 seems fairly common

In my experience, yes. Most campsites have 50A/240V outlets as well as 30A/120V outlets. In my case, I charged my Leaf on the 30A/120V variety using the L1 cable that came with the car. Since I spent the night camping, there was no need to charge any faster.

thx Brian

Have you ever seen it where there is a 30 amp 120V outlet but no 20 amp, 120V outlet??

Scott’s picture shows both. and I don’t really want to buy an adapter to go from 30 amps to 15/20 amps

There is almost always a NEMA 5-15/20 (normal house type) outlet on those power poles. It’s because some folks use accessories outside the RV and some campers have very limited power needs.

However, a TT-30 to 5-15 adapter is cheap enough to pick one up just in case.

Just wait until the Mercedes Sprinter van is out – all electric by 2018. Then the conversion companies will be making Class-B out of them.


I don’t believe the cost of electricity of $8.50. 9300 miles at approx. 4 miles per kw equals 2325 kw used. they are claiming their cost of electricity was 0.36 cents a KW. Where I live it is about 15Kw and the price for going 9300 miles would be $348.

They probably refer to the cost of direct electricity only, as with DC chargers. For the rest, campgrounds, free chargers and Superchargers did it I guess.

They have have done most of their charging on Superchargers. Plugging in at campgrounds may have been solely for their trailer.

A lot of transient sites include electricity costs in the site cost. Seasonal campers pay metered rates.

I very highly doubt that, unless they took their vehicle south of the border to take advantage of the Superchargers. There are none at all on Canada’s Prairies between Red Deer and Parry Sound, ON. That’s over 3,000 km, and even if they did use the American Superchargers, they’d have to go as far south as South Dakota first.

No, just using the RV campsites would have been all they really needed. It would have just taken a while longer, is all.

It’s also worth noting that the first people to take this trip in any EV was a bunch of engineering students from UBC in a converted VW Beetle. Before there was *any* infrastructure beyond the RV campgrounds. And that’s exactly what they used.

The Search for their Story is – TeslaXCanada – and you will note that they put Solar on the Trailer for Trailer Power – and resigned to use Campsites Power for charging the Tesla Model X, where there were no Superchargers (99% of Canada’s Geography, still!)

Not if most of the charging was done at free Superchargers…

Dan said:

“I don’t believe the cost of electricity of $8.50.”

Just guessing here, but perhaps government-owned camp sites with free electrical hookup for overnight stays are common in Canada.

I think it’s more likely because camp sites usually don’t meter electricity and simply include it in the price per day.

This would make her claim technically true while also completely misleading – Michael Moore style.


“4 miles per kw equals 2325 kw used. ”
I don’t think we’re getting the KWh price as wrong as this assumption.

I know, first hand, you can get a Tesla’s efficiency down to 3KWh per 1 mile. Yes, you read that right. With a trailer, a Model X getting 4 miles per 1 KWh is way off.

When towing with the X, the question is not whether it can be done, but how much time is spent charging. If you’re going to camp overnight in an RV park every 150 miles, the answer is zero minutes. If you need to cover 600 miles in a day, the answer is around three hours if using superchargers, longer otherwise.

When Bjorn was towing the big trailer on his latest journey, #26 if I’m not wrong, his average speed including charging was 25-30mph

Hint: if you’d watched the video, you’d know that it took them 3 months.

Right. This is hardly an ad for the convenience of using a BEV to tow a camper trailer!

This would be the equivalent of a road trip where you stopped overnight at a hotel with a destination charger every time you needed to charge up your Model S/X, instead of using Superchargers. Even then, three months seems like an excessive amount of time. I’m guessing they spent a lot of days sight-seeing, rather than traveling, along the way.

Too bad the video was so short. More details would have been nice.

More Details? – As you wish: https://teslaxcanada.com/ and https://teslaxcanada.com/2016/09/03/video-15-17-on-our-youtube-channel/ This Was not a Cross Country Trailer Towing Competition – but a Trip they took (with – if you follow the video’s – you will see a lot of side trips to places where charging an EV might not have been the easiest thing to do in the world, over mountainous passes with NO Charging – Even at the Mountain Lodge, in some cases!) – that was there to show – even now – without a fully developed infrastructure (like we lack much more in most of Canada, than you lack in the States!), such a trip can still be made! This is akin to a flight around the world on Solar Power Alone! The only records made there – were – that it could be done, same as here! Faster Trips will happen in the Future as DC Fast Charging Gets Built out by Provinces like Ontario, and Companies like Tesla, and others! Nearly Four Years Ago – Sun Country Highway Built the World’s Longest Greenest Highway Project out, and then drove that trip in a Tesla Roadster – http://suncountryhighway.com/en/home/wlghp That Trip only took 35 Days – including Many Press… Read more »


No. Most campgrounds have 220-240-volt 50-amp service. That would give you somewhere between six and seven kilowatts. I believe the EVSE that comes with the Tesla can accept up to 40 amps at 240 volts.

The standard onboard charger is 11 kW. You can opt for the double chargers and thereby match the Renault ZOE’s standard charger – 22 kW.

you cant get 115 volts ac from 220 volt
115 volt/ 15, 20 amp
115 volt/ 30 amp
115 volt/ 50 amp.

dont believe me plug your rv into a 220/ 30 amp dryer outlet. LOL

RV CAMPGROUNDS ALL ARE 115 VOLTS/ 15/ 30/ 50 AMP SERVICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is not correct, campgrounds with 50amp service share a common 50amp double pole breaker and have an L1 and L2 side, so they are 220 volts. This is very common.

Yeah. They totally faked the whole thing.

Or maybe you don’t know what you’re talking about, and they do. 50 amp campgrounds across the country at 220 volt. They showed the cables they used in the video. You should watch it.

ampzilla said:

“RV CAMPGROUNDS ALL ARE 115 VOLTS/ 15/ 30/ 50 AMP SERVICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Yeah, this couple was totally not using the heavy duty extension cord with the 50 amp plug that they showed off to the camera.


BTW — Using ALL CAPS and multiple exclamation points don’t help convince anyone you’re right. It merely shows an unfamiliarity with how to write properly.

How dare anyone upstage Bjorn Nyland!!! He should work even less and step up his YouTube game.

Yeah! I mean, what are we paying him for?

…wait, what? We’re not paying him for his YouTube videos?

Well… nevermind, then. 😉

Wow! How retro. My grandparents towed a trailer across the US in a Ford model A in the 1930’s (and no campgrounds with electricity).

For those who have been debating the supercharger/camp site charging. There’s a company who’s put a series of free 240V charging stations across Canada. Sun Country Highway. They utilized those a lot.



So, what’s the deal with that? You pay for campground access, and you get to use the EV charger at no additional cost?

If so, then the subjects of this article claiming they paid only $8.50 for the electricity isn’t actually true. What would be true — if my assumption is correct — is that in most places they stopped, the cost of the electricity was included in what they paid for campground access.

It’s not actually free if you have to pay to get it. TANSTAAFL.

Taxpayers subsidies help buy the vehicle, gasoline taxes help maintain the roads they drive on, as they traveled across country they relied on various forms of fossil fuels to provide electricity for their trip including coal, this is not zero emmisions, it is emmisions elsewhere, if every camper was using as much electric power as the site this couple was using ,the per night rate would be much higher. Tesla is a Ponzi scheme to sell laptop batteries, the vehicle is just a hook.

Hey Craig, This trip was across Canada – Not West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio! Re-Check your numbers for how much fossil Fuel is used in Canada for Electricity Generation! Ontario has so much excess wind power they have to PAY New York or Michigan to take it from them! Quebec is like 80% Hydro Power, and BC about the Same! Solar and wind in Canada are quite heavy! Not only that – Ontario used to have lots of Coal Powered Electric Generation – All Shut down now! Refining Gas uses – Guess What – the Same Grid they used! Except the Refineries waste time to turn Crude into something usable, and end up with heavy tars, Tanker See Ship Fuel, and a few other interesting fuels that stink! then they have to Pump it into Tanks, using more electricity, and pump it into trucks or rail cars which then burn more of the same fuel – to transport these fuels, before they get stored in Tank farms – again using Electricity to pump into the tanks, then after delivery from the Tank Farms, to the Fuel Stations (Gas Stations) they once again use electricity to pump it into that ICE… Read more »

Sure… and taxpayer subsidies go to the profitable petroleum extraction industry. And gasoline cars are a Ponzi scheme for oil companies, using that same logic. I’ve seen the same specious arguments prefacing all sorts of often repeated inaccurate claims, such as the wholesale denial of climate change science (or trolls to that effect) – I’m not saying that’s you. But let’s not stop there! What about this “gravity” sham! I mean, it’s just a “theory”, therefore it’s not true! It’s just a conspiracy by airlines and aircraft manufacturers to make you think they need to charge so much for tickets…

So. It took 3 months to do a one month trip. Thanks for pointing out the flaws in the tesla and the need to recharge every 3 hours. Not exactly great for road tripping. Cant wait for an electric car with 1,000 km battery life while driving at highway speeds and towing a trailer. The X is a step in the right direction. But with such a high price tag and small range its still not practical.

You’re optimistic if you think you can drive for three hours with a camper in tow! More like 90 minutes from hero to zero; 3 hours of highway driving is approximately what you get without towing anything! And yet you’re taking it way too far with your conclusions. It’s clear that even the planets best EV for towing is no match for any rusty old ICEV in terms of getting you far in a short time. And I am annoyed when the advocates pretend this isn’t so and heap loads of spin on everything. But it is also clear that it is in fact possible already to use an X for camping – if you are willing to make some accommodations and be a little bit creative. By choosing a small, light and aerodynamical wagon and planning daily stretches of only 200 km or so it becomes easy to go on a relaxing trip with most of the time spent exploring places along the route rather than sitting in a car. Even in ten years batteries are likely large and heavy enough that you’d want to avoid dragging around 500 kWh when not towing – and you’d need at least… Read more »