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Kentucky man drives coast-to-coast in his Tesla Model S

John Glenney, 62, of Lexington, Kentucky, talks about his cross country trip in his Tesla Model S sedan, using only the company’s Supercharging stations, while charging the car at the Tesla headquarters in Fremont, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group) ( JIM STEVENS )
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John Glenney is a happy man. He just became the first person known to drive coast-to-coast in a Tesla Model S. Not only that — he used only the company’s network of free Supercharging stations for fuel.

“Electric cars are normal; they are not oddities,” said Glenney, 62, a retired professor of biochemistry who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, in a phone interview. “I feel like I’ve made my own contribution to the movement of getting off of fossil fuels.”

Glenney’s co-pilot for the journey was his 26-year-old daughter, Jill Glenney. The duo left New York Jan. 20 and arrived in Los Angeles Saturday. Jill then hopped on a plane home to Hoboken, New Jersey, while Glenney began a relaxing cruise up the California coast.
John Glenney, 62, of Lexington, Kentucky, talks about his cross country trip in his Tesla Model S sedan, using only the company’s Supercharging
John Glenney, 62, of Lexington, Kentucky, talks about his cross country trip in his Tesla Model S sedan, using only the company’s Supercharging stations, while charging the car at the Tesla headquarters in Fremont, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group) ( JIM STEVENS )

On Monday, Glenney drove from Paso Robles to Fremont, where he hoped that Tesla would give him a quick tour of the factory where the Model S is made. He got far more than he expected.

“The workers all lined up and were cheering for me,” said Glenney. who met with manufacturing executives and got a personal, three hour tour. “I was really impressed. It was like a special birthday party.”
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