Tesla’s Model S Completes Cross-Country Run
Soothing fears over battery range
Two of Tesla Motors’ Model S vehicles arrived safely in New York after setting out from Los Angeles a mere 76 hours earlier. CEO Elon Musk triumphantly tweeted the vehicles’ safe arrival on Sunday morning.
Tesla LA to NY Supercharger rally just completed in 76 hours across northern route in dead of winter thru heavy snow!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2014
Relying on Tesla’s network of Supercharger stations, the vehicles blasted through heavy snow, driving rain, and even a sandstorm, arriving at New York’s City Hall at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The journey was part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle crossing the United States.
Tesla’s Model S got off to a rough start last year after John Broder of the New York Times wrote a scathing and controversial review of the electric vehicle, claiming its battery life was poor and that it underperformed in cold weather. Tesla later disputed the review, saying that the car’s data logs did not support Broder’s account of his journey in the vehicle along I-95.
The NYT‘s public editor Margaret Sullivan later reprimanded Broder in a column, saying that, “[He] left himself open to valid criticism by taking what seem to be casual and imprecise notes along the journey, unaware that his every move was being monitored.”