The Great US Roadtrip is a staple of many people’s lives when growing up. Whether they tagged along on a family trip when younger, expressed their freedom as a young adult or – as with me – just dreamed about it from afar, it is a trip many people have aspired to take.
Today saw the completion of such a trip, going from New York to Los Angeles – the difference being this was in an electric car.
In the summer on a shareholder phonecall, Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] – said that he was going to do this drive himself albeit in the opposite direction. It seems this father and daughter team beat him too it!
A father and daughter team took this massive roadtrip across the US in their Model S with 85 kWh battery and didn’t encounter any problems relating to the range of the car. But that’s not to say they didn’t encounter any problems at all – after all, what’s a roadtrip without a bit of drama.
The team, posting on the official Tesla Motor’s forum said: “As I was exiting the freeway for JFK, I hit something in the road that blew out a tire and bent the rim. Called tesla service at 7:am Monday morning. They had a new tire and rim on by 9 am. Left JFK supercharger at 9:45. [sic throughout]”
The snow also caused an issue at one SuperCharger location: “It was snowing so the leg to Maumee, Ohio was slow. Got in at 2:30 am and couldn’t get to the supercharger because of the snow that hadn’t been plowed. Went to a Hampton inn 1/2 mile away and called Tesla. The guy told me to get some sleep and he would see what he could do. I went back to the sc at 8 am and it was clear. [sic throughout]”
Both of these issues highlight Tesla’s dedication to their drivers. Something we wonder if other electric car manufacturers would replicate or not?
The most amazing fact about this trip – it didn’t cost them a cent as SuperCharging is free for life for Model S buyers. The SuperCharger network is already pretty impressive, covering both coasts and now having a path from coast to coast. Soon, when the whole of the US is covered, and with usage being free, we wonder if people will start using their car in lieu of trains, flights and other transportation methods due to the cost?
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