Tesla Model S Crosses America in 67 Hours, 21 minutes

Traversing the United States in an EV in a short time is possible and Edmunds.com’s team has proven it at the wheel of a Tesla.

A team from Edmunds.com broke the cross-country speed record in an electric vehicle when driving from Redondo Beach, Calif. to New York, NY in a 2013 Tesla Model S.

The team did so in 67 hours and 21 minutes. The record-setting drive erased the previous record of 76 hours and 5 minutes set by a team of Tesla staffers.

Edmunds.com said Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds and Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr completed the cross-country journey in less than three days while stopping at 23 Tesla Supercharger stations across the nation. And unlike Tesla’s cross-country attempt, Edmunds.com’s duo completed the journey on its own without the safety net of a trailing support staff.

Edmunds and Niebuhr documented here their full “reverse Cannonball Run.”

“The key to breaking the record wasn’t to drive fast; we had to drive smart,” said Dan Edmunds. “Fast, aggressive driving will only succeed in sucking down an EV’s battery. We had to drive responsibly to make sure we had enough juice to get from one charging station to the next. And we saved time by charging only a little more than what we figured was necessary to get to the next Supercharger.”

The team said this cross-country sprint produced some other impressive eye-popping statistics:

  •    Total Distance: 3,331.9 miles
  •    Driving Time: 52 hours, 41 minutes
  •    Average Driving Speed: 63.2 mph
  •    Total Supercharger Plug-In Time: 14 hours, 40 minutes
  •    Average Supercharger Plug-in Time: 38.3 minutes
  •    Number of Other Stops: 0
  •    Total Energy Consumption: 1.06 Megawatt-hours
  •    Total Fuel Cost: $0 (thanks to Tesla’s free superchargers, available to all Tesla owners)

Upon arriving in New York, Edmunds.com’s team turned around to head back to Southern California the very next day. Even with a less ambitious return strategy, Edmunds and Niebuhr managed to complete the round-trip adventure in less than a week: 6 days, 23 hours and 4 minutes, to be exact.

Edmunds.com stated the record-breaking trip was the signature moment for its 2013 Model S, which has been one of the most popular vehicles in the history of the company’s Long-Term Road Test fleet.