Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) proved its mettle by driving a Model S sedan from LA to New York in just over three days. A few weeks earlier, the EV manufacturer finished up the network of supercharger stations along 3,400-mile cross country route. The Model S appeared in front of New York’s city hall after completing the three day and four hour journey from Los Angeles.
CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter “Tesla LA to NY Supercharger rally just completed in 76 hours across northern route in dead of winter thru heavy snow!”
Storms delayed the journey for few hours
During the journey, the Model S had to face heavy winter and roads blocked with the snowfall along with snowstorms in Colorado and Illinois. Due to road blockage and heavy snowfalls, the drive took eight hours more than expected to reach the destination, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) reported in a blog post. After escaping the storms, Tesla Model S met all their time schedules, and maintained a charge throughout the trip.
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According to Tesla, its Model S can run up to 300 miles per charge at 55 miles per hour. Also, the superchargers can charge half of the battery of a Model S in around 20 minutes.
The company now has more than 70 supercharger sites across the US. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Blogger Hamish McKenzie said that the temperature fell to 9 degrees and heavy snowflakes covered the windshield. Traffic was thin at places and heavy at some, but the Tesla cars, who he named Lightening and Thunder, had no problems covering the distance on the Pacific coast.
Tesla not the first
However, Tesla’s trip is not the first to cover cross-country route. John Glenney, a retired professor from Kentucky, drove his Tesla from New York to Los Angeles starting on January 20, 2014. Glenney and his 26-year-old daughter Jill Glenney took five days to complete the journey.
John Glenney said that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) had a map of supercharging stations and he was obsessed with that. In a interview with San Jose Mercury News, he said “I knew that as soon as the cross-country route was finished, that other people would try it and I may not be the first. I wanted to be the first.”
Last year, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) battery was questioned when a New York Times reviewer mentioned that Model S ran out of juice between charging stations during a test drive, but that was later cleared up by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Tesla added few more lines to its Cross Country Rally blog, saying “Not only did the Cross Country Rally team manage the trip from Los Angeles to New York City in just 76 and a half hours, it also recorded the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country — a feat that is now being assessed for recognition as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement.”