You may remember that in its bold interviews, Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, also said it will take his family on a cross-country vacation in a Model S using only the company’s completed charger network. Well, others aim to beat him to a record.
As it turns out, one family’s already done this feat and another team of four is now seeking to set a world record for the long electric trip. A father-daughter team that managed to get from New York to Los Angeles in just five days set the newly established “record”.
Now, a four-man team, entitled the Cross Country Rally team has set its eyes on the prize, as its strides to make the 3,400-mile trip backwards, from Los Angeles to New York, but this time in just three days.
At 12:01 a.m. – local time – today, the team left the Tesla design studio in Hawthorne, a Los Angeles suburb and the trip – made in winter – will take the cars through harsh conditions across the middle of the country, with stops only at Superchargers, which should provide a 50% charge in about 20 minutes.
“The sun is just starting to rise over our Kingman, AZ #Supercharger! The team is making good time so far! #DriveFree,” the team tweeted.
The first team to accomplish the task, made of John Glenney, 62, and his 26-year-old daughter, Jill, encountered just two problems during their journey: a flat tire in New York and the possibility they wouldn’t make it to a charging station in Pennsylvania. Mr. Glenney also had experience with such a trip, as he embarked two years ago with his Tesla Roadster on a Washington DC to San Francisco journey, charging the car at campgrounds along the way.