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Tesla Completes Cross-Country Electric Rally

by Paul Strauss

In an attempt to prove that range anxiety should be a thing of the past, Tesla Motors undertook a mission – to cross the United States using the least possible time recharging. The duo of cars drove from Los Angeles to New York, charging up solely at the company’s network of high-speed Supercharger power stations.

These 120kW stations can provide a half charge to an 85kWh Model S in as little as 30 minutes, and a full charge in about an hour.

When all was said and done, the team set a world’s record for the fastest cross-country trip in an all-electric vehicle. All told, the trip took just 76 hours and 5 minutes, with 15 hours, 57 seconds of charge time. Google Maps estimates the time for a normal car to drive from LA to NYC be around 40 to 41 hours (not including fueling), so stopping for charge ups, and taking detours to hit only Supercharger stations still added significant time.

On the plus side, they didn’t spend any money on gas.

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