TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Elon tweets EV cross-country speed record attempt

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by stevezzzz, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    6,062
    Location:
    Colorado
    Elon tweets: "Two teams from Tesla aiming to set a cross-country EV speed record this week. Departing Fri from LA, arriving Sun in NY."

    That'll be interesting. Depending on weather, it's doable.

    Questions:

    1. Two teams...two cars?
    2. What cars?
    3. I wonder when they started planning this: before, or after John and Jill left NYC on their first-ever trans-continental Superchargers-only trip?
     
  2. JakeP

    JakeP S P4996 / X P6028

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,816
    Location:
    Wexford, PA
    This has been planned for a while, according to Tesla staff. I am guessing that is why Tesla has not said much about the Father/Daughter team.
     
  3. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    6,062
    Location:
    Colorado
    I wonder if they'll have an advance team, making sure Supercharger slot(s) are not ICEd when the record attempt car(s) get there? If they leave Hawthorne at 12:01am on Friday, for example, they'll hit Glenwood in the night; and it's a known trouble spot for overnight ICEing of the charging bays.
     
  4. jyc

    jyc Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2013
    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    San Diego, CA, United States
    Too bad the final destination isn't Boston, in honor of Broder! Couldn't make NYC to Boston? How about LA to Boston in the winter? Take that!
     
  5. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Messages:
    6,097
    Location:
    Redwood Shores, CA
    Good that Tesla's only trying to claim the "speed record" rather than that of the first SpC-only trip. I hope they write a good blog post, with an accompanying Elon tweet, that honors John and Jill's achievement along with their own teams'. Elon did retweet PlugShare's tweet last night from Hawthorne about the father-daughter trip.
     
  6. NJ Plugin

    NJ Plugin Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2013
    Messages:
    493
    I find it VERY interesting that they plan to end the trips in NY on Superbowl Sunday with the big game being played in NJ/NY.

    Hmmm.
     
  7. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2012
    Messages:
    4,491
    Location:
    Maine
    Nice catch!

    Also, a speed attempt is interesting. Wouldn't it be nice if it's a 60 and an 85 equipped with some kind of useful navigation aid than can calculate an optimal drivig speed. ;)
     
  8. Discoducky

    Discoducky Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,883
    Location:
    Seattle
    They better go to the Superbowl!
     
  9. airj1012

    airj1012 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,095
    Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
    When I originally thought about it, I thought it would be 2 85s competing against each other. However I think its important to show the public that you can accomplish the feat with a 60 as well. Good luck to them.
     
  10. NJ Plugin

    NJ Plugin Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2013
    Messages:
    493
    I doubt they will do it, but others have speculated that Elon's spring trip would be in a Model X.

    Anybody think one of the teams this week would be in a Model X? What about a Superbowl commercial?
     
  11. skdave

    skdave Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Messages:
    155
    Location:
    Lake St.Louis, Mo
    What is a "SpC-only trip"? Good luck and I'm sure Tesla is smart enough to tie it into the Big Game. The world will be watching. Great job Tesla!! If they do it right the press along the way to NYC will be awesome as well. We owners should meet up along the Highway and offer a "Tesla Escort"with the press.
     
  12. NJ Plugin

    NJ Plugin Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2013
    Messages:
    493
    Does anyone know what the record NOW is for a EV cross country trip?
     
  13. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    6,062
    Location:
    Colorado
    "SpC" == "Supercharger"
     
  14. sranger

    sranger Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2013
    Messages:
    100
    Location:
    Kennesaw, GA

    It it did sort if seem that Tesla and Elon were not happy that someone completed the trip before the official event....
     
  15. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,660
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Amazing how people assign intent.

    I agree that it would have been nice to see more of a reaction from Tesla than a congratulatory tweet.
    However, I also think that this shouldn't be portrayed as anything that is now out of the ordinary.

    Don't get me wrong. What John and Jill did was historic and I was thrilled to follow them on their trip.

    But now, with the superchargers, other than the first trip by John and Jill, it simply isn't that big of a deal.
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2012
    Messages:
    12,743
    Location:
    Texas
    I thought that was the point. To show that it's no longer a big deal. Anyone can do it.
     
  17. ToddRLockwood

    ToddRLockwood Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2012
    Messages:
    1,263
    Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
    This trip does make me wonder what the ideal average speed would be. It's an interesting physics question. There must be a point of diminishing returns when the average driving speed reaches a certain level. But on the other hand, given the speed of the Superchargers, perhaps it's better to spend more time charging and less time driving.
     
  18. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,660
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Exactly my point. Tesla is planning to get into the GBWR with the fastest time, and the media will likely be all over Elon's trip in March, weather or not Tesla makes a big deal over it.
    They don't want to make people think this is extraordinary or difficult.

    As for Tesla at the Super Bowl, you guys really need to get your imaginations under some level of control.
    Tesla is selling every car it can currently build. They have no reason for high cost marketing at those events. Same reason you don't see them at most auto shows, state fairs, etc.
    Sure, they may have planned the timing to coincide (and maybe they didn't), but they certainly didn't pay for any exposure at the Super Bowl itself.
     
  19. apacheguy

    apacheguy Sig 255, VIN 320

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2012
    Messages:
    3,702
    Location:
    So Cal


    Team A will have an A pack and will take an extra day to complete the journey.

    Team B will have a B pack and will complete the journey in record time.
     
  20. GSP

    GSP Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2007
    Messages:
    1,993
    I think the ideal speed to minimize elapsed time for the trip is the 130 mph maximum speed of the P85. As long as you could make it to the next Supercharger, of course.

    GSP

    If they were using 80 Amp HPWCs (60 mi/hr) instead of SuperChargers (340 mi/hr), I would guess 60 mph would be the best speed to drive, same as charging speed.
     

Share This Page