See you in L.A.
Tesla makes it across the US using the Tesla “Supercharge Network.”
That’s nice, but I don’t think many drivers would want to endure such a trip, as these drivers did, without tunes, heat or a/c, or risking death by traveling one-foot behind an SUV. The whole escapade reminds me of Dr. Johnson’s observation back in 1776: “A woman preaching, sir, is like a dog walking on its hind legs. It’s not that it’s done well; the surprising thing is that it’s done at all.”
And because Supercharger stations are harder to come by than gas stations [understatement of the century – ED], and take longer to use than gas station fill-ups [penultimate understatement of the century – ED], planning the voyage took careful planning.
For one, Reese’s team never charged the Tesla with more juice than they would actually need for the next leg of the journey. Tesla’s current software includes a navigation system that calculates the range needed to reach your destination, so they relied on that to tell them how long to charge up.
Co-driver Hawk said they sometimes rolled in to a Supercharger station with between three and eight percent battery power remaining. Minimizing charge time also meant using no A/C, no heat, no radio, keeping weight to a minimum, and drafting behind the Suburban whenever they could to reduce air resistance.
As an aside, Tesla takes in $35,000 pure profit per car by selling zero emission credits to other car makers. So as the rich pay $100,000 for their toys, the little people pay to subsidize them, and pay more for their own cars because,of course, the purchase of these credits raises the price of everything else.