Earlier this month, two Tesla Model S sedans set a new record speed time for electric vehicles crossing the United States. The drivers left at 12:01 a.m. from Los Angeles on Thursday, January 20 and reached City Hall in New York at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 2.
The Tesla team was greeted by Elon Musk at City Hall in New York City at the end of the trip. Credit: Tesla Motors.
The team of 15 drivers charged their vehicles at only Tesla Superchargers. There are currently more than 70 Supercharger sites around the U.S. Model S owners are able to charge for free. Typically, a Supercharger takes roughly 20 minutes to replenish half a charge.
The 3,427 mile route that the team traveled spanned the U.S. along a northern pass, taking the drivers close to natural and man-made attractions, such as Arches National Park, Colorado Monument, Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, the Grand Canyon, and the Hualapai Mountains. During the trip, the drivers endured blizzards, a blinding sand storm, freezing temperatures, and rain.
The team was greeted by CEO Elon Musk after crossing the finish line.
The total trip lasted 76 hours and five minutes, with 59 hours and 34 minutes driving time. The total time spent charging was just over 15 hours.
Earlier in January, another team was the first to cross the U.S. using only Superchargers. The father-daughter team, John and Jill Glenney, drove through 16 states from New York to Los Angeles in five days in their Model S. The Glenneys completed their trip independent of official support from Tesla and used tools and chargers available to any Tesla owner.