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Road Tripping On Tesla’s Electric Highway

Zipping down Interstate 5 in a sleek silver Tesla Model S en route to Los Angeles from San Francisco the only sound I hear is a century-old gasoline-powered paradigm being smashed.

Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk may have his eye on establishing a colony on Mars but during my late October road trip I had gone where only one person had gone before (Damn you, Bradley Berman of The New York Times): A 400-mile journey down the coast in six hours in an electric car without spending a dime on fuel, emitting any carbon, and most importantly, making any compromises.

Zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds? Every chance I got. Blow away an obnoxious BMW 7 Series driver tailgating me? He he he. Cruise for hours at a battery-draining 80 mph without nervously eyeing the range indicator every five seconds. Yep. Keep the massive sunroof open the entire journey despite the added wind resistance. Absolutely.

Sure, it helps that the Model S Tesla loaned me for a feature story in the December 10 issue of Forbes Magazine has a range of 300 miles (if you drive 55 mph that is – fat bloody chance).


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