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Dutch Drivers Cover 388 Miles On Single Charge Of Tesla Model S

When Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] first announced a 250-300 mile range estimate for its top-spec 85 kWh Model S, it suggested that 400 miles could well be a possibility for some drivers.

Owner David Metcalf was the first to prove that theory last December by extracting 423 miles of range on a journey through Florida.

European owners are now getting in on the act too. Despite a less clement climate, drivers in the Netherlands have already got close to t”>hat number, at 625 kilometers, or 388 miles.

What separate the two journeys is the driving style. Metcalf’s 423 miles, a world record, was set at an average speed of 18 mph. The Dutch team, sponsored by Athlon Car Lease and driven by students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU Eindhoven), was attempted on regular Dutch roads, in traffic, at regular speeds.

The team’s 16-hour journey to complete its 388 mile trip works out as an average speed of just over 24 mph. Still not high, but representative of busier roads, and still a great advert for the Model S’s ability to cover distances far greater than the car’s 265-mile EPA rated range, particularly in lower-speed rather than highway driving.


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