Articles Tagged Cross Country Rally
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The final installment our Cross Country Rally film series finds Team Tesla in fragments. A gasoline support vehicle had broken down in the middle of the night in South Dakota, leaving a third of the team stranded. After hustling to the airport at Sioux Falls, the group finds its way to a Tesla service center in Highland Park, IL, where it reunites with the rest of the team and gets set for the last leg of the journey to New York City.
Two electrics cars, 3,400 miles, and 76 hours – all in the middle of winter. Tesla’s Cross Country Rally left Los Angeles at midnight on January 30 and headed towards New York in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for an electric vehicle traveling across the United States.
When it comes to driving across the United States, certain times are more difficult than others. The middle of winter is one such time. Nevertheless, Tesla’s Cross Country Rally team wasn’t deterred from attempting to set a Guinness World Record for an electric vehicle traveling across the U.S.
At 7:30am today, two Tesla Model S sedans rolled quietly to a stop outside New York's City Hall to set a record speed time for an electric vehicle crossing the United States. The team had just driven the two cars across the U.S. while relying only on Superchargers for energy. Not only did the Cross Country Rally team manage the trip from Los Angeles to New York City in just 76 and a half hours, it also recorded the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country – a feat that is now being assessed for recognition as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement.
At 10pm on Friday night, with temperatures in the middle of South Dakota kissing zero, the Coast to Coast Rally team experienced its first vehicle breakdown.
But it wasn't a Model S. Instead, one of the team's sleeper vans took on a mysterious illness. As it climbed a hill outside the city of Mitchell after a Supercharger stop, the van started to sputter. Even with the foot to the floor, it would only get to 60mph. Soon, it started cutting out completely.
A headline from this morning's Denver Post: "Winter storm pounds Front Range overnight."
Tesla's Cross Country Rally team can attest to the veracity of the report. Last night, the crew members and two Model S sedans were subjected to a good old fashioned Colorado dumping. More than 12 inches of snow. Winds up to 60 mph. White-out conditions. Interstate 70 over Vail Pass was closed, then re-opened, then closed again.
At midnight tonight, a Tesla Motors team will depart Los Angeles en route to New York City in two Model S sedans to mark the completion of the first cross country Supercharger route. We're aiming to complete the journey within about three days and set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the United States.