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Cross country trip to start a job at Tesla!

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by cybrown, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. cybrown

    cybrown Member

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    In a couple hours, I am leaving my home in Maryland to start a cross-country drive in my Model S 85. A few months ago, I started interviewing at Tesla and got a job offer this January in their Autopilot autonomous driving program. Our first stop will be at the Somerset supercharger around 1:30pm. Follow the journey at Charging West or post any related questions here! I'd love to meet some other Tesla fans along the way.
     
  2. nrcooled

    nrcooled P#8946 VIN 03225

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    Awesome! Good luck on your new adventure at Tesla and I think it's great that you will be helping to make the cars better as an owner and employee.

    Congrats again and drive safely.
     
  3. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    Bet you'd wish you'd had the autonomous driving option installed by the time you get to CA :)
    Good luck!
     
  4. Zextraterrestrial

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    Sweeet! Congrats & kick some autonom'ass'
     
  5. Discoducky

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    Congratulations! We look forward to experiencing your innovation and have a great trip!
     
  6. rjcbox

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    Congrats and best wishes for your new adventure w/ Tesla!
     
  7. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Active Member

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    I wish you success and hope you enjoy being so busy with work that you can't drive your Model S any more.
     
  8. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Jealous! All the best, mate! These may be your last few posts on this forum.
     
  9. Newscutter

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    Congratulations!

    Wish our Cranberry, PA Supercharger was powered up for you.

    I'm guessing Tesla employment limits TMC involvement (at least from a posting standpoint) but would love to nibble whatever crumbs you have to spill out under the table before your non-disclosure agreement takes effect!

    Travel safe-- and enjoy the epicness of cross-country trip!
     
  10. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

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    Congrats! Look for me on Plugshare in zip 15090 if you need to top up after Somerset.

    Also, do NOT attempt to drive the entire way with no hands on the wheel, as autonomous practice.
     
  11. Chipper

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    Probably NOT since he might not have a job if that was the case!:scared:
     
  12. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Congrats!

    Agree, have a safe trip and ask when you get there if you are allowed to post at all on TMC. Wouldn't want you to get in trouble. Have a safe trip.
     
  13. Gwgan

    Gwgan Almost a wagon

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    Congratulations. Wishing you good weather and tail winds. Would you announce your posts on Twitter?
     
  14. tslas

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    Congratulations !! and a bit Jealous.. Let me know, if Tesla is looking for Java/J2EE Developer:wink:.
    Have a safe journey.
     
  15. cybrown

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    Guys, thanks for all the well wishes. We're in Wisconsin tonight. Tomorrow we go through Mauston, Onalaska, Albert Lea, Worthington, Mitchell, and Murdo. It's going to be a long day! I have lots of comments and info about the trip and some thoughts on early autopilot features that I would have loved to have on the trip so far. If you're on my route tomorrow let me know! We're also on twitter @ChargingWest.
     
  16. Chipper

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    I see what you did there with that "@Chargingwest"!!!
     
  17. islandbayy

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    Where in Wisconsin? I'm in Milwaukee.
     
  18. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    Let me know when you will hit Cheyenne and Silverthorne, cybrown; I'm halfway in between the two. My weekend is pretty solidly booked, but I might be able to catch you at one or the other.
     
  19. cybrown

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    Sorry we missed you, Steve. We've made it to Moab and met some cool people along the way. Tomorrow we hit Blanding, Farmington, Gallup, Holbrook, and Flagstaff, hopefully. I know we could go straight to Flagstaff from Blanding, but we actually want to see Four Corners and some sights in New Mexico.

    364 Wh/mi for the trip so far after 2500 miles. Worst leg was around 440, best was 230. Our lifetime average before this was 320, now it's 330. I'll post specific Wh/mi for each segment when we reach Palo Alto.
     
  20. cybrown

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    Last day! Our last leg last night was Kingman - Barstow, 209 miles. We did it in 322 Wh/mi, no problems. There was a major headwind at the end so we were driving just under the speed limit for our first conservative experience with this route.

    We leave Barstow around 9. Approximate ETAs are:
    Tejon: 11:15
    Harris Ranch: 2:00
    Gilroy: 4:30
    SF Peninsula: 6:00

    Don't know where we will make our "final" destination. We are headed for temporary housing on the Peninsula. We may stop for a photo at Tesla HQ in Palo Alto to complete the trip.
     

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