Driving From New York City To Los Angeles, For Free, Now Possible With Tesla Model S
The average cost of a gallon of regular-grade gas costs $3.31 across the U.S, making a road trip from New York City to Los Angeles very costly. Gasbuddy.com estimates a road trip in a Mercedes S class will cost approximately $630 each way.
Owners of a fully electric Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) car, however, can expect to complete the trip without paying a single penny in gas. The only limiting factor in a Tesla was an incomplete infrastructure that would allow a driver to take their car cross-country. Until now.
On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company has expanded its U.S. network of “superchargers” to cover approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population. The charging stations are installed near major highways and on properties close to restaurants, cafes and shopping centers.
Tesla Supercharger network now energized from New York to LA, both coast + Texas! Approx 80% of US population covered.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 26, 2014
A father and daughter duo, John and Jill, set out to prove that a cross-country road trip is possible with Tesla's current infrastructure. Without a charging station, drivers were limited to the estimated 265 mile range when fully charged. The duo covered approximately 3,600 miles over six days beginning in New York City.
The duo drove off to Delaware and Pennsylvania before enjoying the Midwest scenery and arriving at the Tesla Designer Studio in Los Angeles. They utilized 28 charging stations throughout the journey.
— PlugShare (@plugshare) January 26, 2014
Musk has similar plans and will gather up the family for a cross-country road trip over spring break and according to a Tweet he “made everyone watch National Lampoon's Vacation.”
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