Tesla told us a couple weeks ago the coast-to-coast Supercharger network would be coming soon, and as of yesterday it is essentially in place, and the first cross-country Model S trip on this route has already been made.
With 71 SuperChargers throughout the United States, CEO Elon Musk tweeted the status for the still-expanding network – which will be more-easily traveled with the 85-kilowatt-hour Model S than the 60.
“Tesla Supercharger network now energized from New York to LA, both coast + Texas! Approx 80% of US population covered,” Musk tweeted.
He also tweeted January 26 the he will be traveling the route with family.
“Will be doing the LA-NY family road trip over Spring Break,” Musk tweeted. “Made everyone watch National Lampoon’s Vacation as prep.”
Beating him to a cross-county run were two drivers who made the trek from New York to LA and received a re-tweet by Musk for the accomplishment.
“Congratulations to John and Jill,” Musk tweeted, “first to drive across US using only free @TeslaMotors Superchargers!”
The trip was also documented in a Tesla forum post presently 19-pages long, and counting.
Although the cross-country route is in place, owners of the 60-kilowatt-hour Model S could find certain legs of the journey not do-able whereas drivers in the 85-kwh Model S will find the trip potentially feasible.
SuperChargers are Google Map enabled at Tesla’s site and a quick check of the route between, for example, Pennsylvania and Ohio locations reveals a span of nearly 200 miles. Between Kingman, Ariz. and Barstow, Calif., Superchargers are 209 miles apart.
A 60-kwh Model S is EPA rated at 208 miles range and owners would be well advised to carefully plan any traveling.
In other cases where distances are pushing the range limit, even traveling excessively above the speed limit or not carefully pre-conditioning the battery in cold – both of which sap battery range – could see cars not making some legs of the journey.
If one goes to Tesla’s Web site and looks to “coming soon” Superchargers (pictured above), the potential to make it gets better, but is not completely assured. Some 60-kwh Model S drivers will still want to check each leg when the “coming soon” stage is reached.
But plans are to keep proliferating the Superchargers to a far greater degree, so eventually, any outstanding concerns will be addressed – for the Model S, and “200-mile” range “Gen 3″ sedan due to follow.