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Tesla Model S (85) Road Trip - 8632 miles

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by kwjw, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. kwjw

    kwjw New Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Kirkland, WA

    TESLA model S travels 8632 miles with NO GAS

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    In our TESLA Model S (85) we traveled 8,632 miles circling the U.S. using only TESLA Superchargers, except for one spot in Wyoming where we stayed overnight in an RV park to charge (as the Supercharger there was not open yet) and slept in our Model S. We began our journey near Seattle, Wa, headed E to Maryland, then S to Orlando, Fl, then W to San Antonio, Tx, then on to Bakersfield, Ca, then going N on I-5 back to near Seattle, Wa.

    The new trip planer made it possible to see all the Superchargers ahead in red on our trip, see the distance to each one and then give specific directions to find them. Several nights we folded down the back seats and slept on our air bed in a double sleeping bag in the back of the Tesla when there was 'no room in the inns'. We used the 'frunk' to store our camping gear, which left the rear open for other cargo. Sometimes we drove slower, 50-55 mph to increase the range to around 300 miles allowing the car to go farther than the charge estimate. The distance between Superchargers around Albuquerque, NM was over 260 miles, and our estimated range after charging at the Supercharger east of Albuquerque said 270 miles. Going slower allowed us to arrive at the Supercharger on the other side of Albuquerque with 38 miles of range still left, after climbing up two mountain passes on either side of Albuquerque, one over 4000' elevation. IMPRESSIVE!

    Twice we were "rescued": First, the 17 in screen froze for several hours while driving to the next Supercharger, and Tesla Road-side Assistance told us how to reboot the system and get it working again in a few minutes; then, we plugged the car into a Supercharger in Oklahoma, trying several of the plugins, and nothing worked, but there was a TESLA Tech there to reset the breaker(s) (which had tripped during a lightning storm a day or two earlier). THANKS,TESLA FOR THE INCREDIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!

    The trip was like pioneers traveling in a space/earth ship. We LOVED our trip in our Model S and the amazing adventure!

    Happy Model S owners.


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  2. taurusking

    taurusking Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    East Texas
    This is awesome...I really like the fact that you drove between superchargers in NM and still landed up with extra miles..

    Thanks for posting this..

    This will show others that road trips are possible with electric cars as well..

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