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USA: Tesla Electric-Car Cross-Country Trip Underway, With ETA Today

Just a couple of years ago, traveling cross-country in an electric car would have required a great deal of planning and a great deal of time.

But with Tesla’s Model S and its 265 miles of EPA-rated range in 85 kWh form, it takes little more thought than in any other vehicle. Throw in a cross-country network of free-to-use Supercharger fast-charge stations and it’s a trip any Model S owner can now do.

There’s one such voyage going on right now, with updates appearing in the Tesla Motors forum.

It’s turning into quite the trip, and the two drivers, a father and daughter team, are set to reach the end this weekend.

Having started in Kentucky, driver John took a trip up to New York to pick up his daughter, Jill. Setting off on Tuesday, the pair have driven west, headed north to Minnesota, headed west once more and then steadily meandered south-west through Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, following the existing Supercharger network.

From the descriptions in the forum thread, the path traces the current Supercharger map across the country almost precisely. Initially, some of the distances required slower driving–not helped by the extreme cold and heavy snow in some northern states.


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