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400 Mile Range Prize

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by vfx, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    Jim writes in cartalk: http://www.cartalk.com/content/tesla-model-s-preparing-launch

    http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/model-s-efficiency-and-range
    Is anyone here planning to go for this? I think Greg in SD is the earliest delivery in TMC.

    Of course we would need rules.
     
  2. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Hmmmm, Florida is nice and flat....but there's 182 cars ahead of me.
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Elon's tweets regarding this in early May when he and JB posted that Model S efficiency and range blog:

    Twitter

    10 May Elon Musk Elon Musk [email protected]

    Meant to say: prizes for first 10 who do 400 miles in Tesla w/o recharging, not nonstop, which would require diapers :)


    9 May Elon Musk Elon Musk [email protected]

    Model S exceeds 300 mile range target! Prize for the 1st person to do LA-SF nonstop (400 miles) Model S Efficiency and Range | Blog | Tesla Motors
     
  4. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    People coming from LA to do a factory pickup. Imagine the discipline it would take to do the 400 mile hypermiling your first big drive.


    If the prize was another Tesla...
     
  5. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I wonder what roads you could take that would safely allow you to travel 40 mph or maybe less and still land someplace where you could charge?
     
  6. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Hwy 1! But, the hills might be a range-killer though. The rightmost lane on US-101 may not be that bad as most of the heavy and fast traffic will be on I-5.
     
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    You could easily cheat and spin the wheels while the car is held stationary. Either by suspending the car or driving on a treadmill like apparatus
     
  8. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Tesla will catch you out with the full car logs coupled with GPS data! Or, they'd expect you to start from Palo Alto HQ and end up in Hawthorne or the other way around.
     
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    Agreed. They should use the GPS data to see that you've actually driven a reasonable route. Which means driving around a track or around your block wouldn't count either.
     
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    twisti Model S #7,439

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    I was driving on Hwy 1 north with our Volt on Saturday and the electric range was much less than I expected. The hills are really a problem there.
     
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    Take 101 for the Rabobank chargers just in case and do it at night so you can drive slow enough. My house to the Tesla LA store is 408 miles.... So you're talking what... 10 hours w/ a few stops?
     
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    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    That would be a big trip. I guess it would be safest to have someone follow you behind with their hazard blinkers on and have a tow truck on standby.
     
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    Having the wind behind you would be huge. Remember 60 mph with a 20 mph tail wind is the same ad 40 mph in still air! Also high altitude for low air density. I think traveling east from Denver or Calgary would be a good run (not that I live there). Charging at the end could be problematic, but one could scope out an RV park.
     
  14. NigelM

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    Sarasota to Dania Beach and back, just over 400 miles, elevation less than 65ft all the way, and nobody in Florida will see anything unusual in a car doing 40mph on the I-75 (although I might have to disguise myself as an old lady or put Canadian plates on the car!).:biggrin:
     
  15. ElSupreme

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    This is so sad but true. Just make sure you are in the left lane.
     
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    And if you had two trucks in front and back you could draft the S and go a bit faster.

    Option 2 has all ten new S owners drafting to LA.
     
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    This would be awesome. Model S owners should get together and form a train, taking turns with who is in front.

    That'll turn some heads.
     
  18. AnOutsider

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    Who wins the prize? The guy in front when he hits 400?
     
  19. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    10 owners can win, so just make sure the peleton is no larger than 10!

    I think the best place to set a record is starting in Byers, Colorado and heading east on US Highway 36 towards St. Joseph. That's 520 miles of straight, flat road, descending from 5,200 ft to about 1,000 ft. Choose a day with strong winds, drive conservatively (possibly with police escort to ensure you never need to stop), and you might just be able to get all the way to St. Joe's.
     
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    My thought too, denver to Salina KS
     

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