Tesla Model S Road Rally Eases Range Anxiety Concerns | Edmunds

Tesla Model S Road Rally Eases Range Anxiety Concerns


Just the Facts:
  • A dramatic road rally featuring the 2013 Tesla Model S sedan ended on Sunday and should go a long way toward easing car shoppers' concerns about the range of electric cars.
  • "Tesla LA to NY Supercharger rally just completed in 76 hours across northern route in dead of winter thru heavy snow!" tweeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
  • The rally was designed to showcase Tesla's growing Supercharger network in the U.S.

NEW YORK — A dramatic road rally featuring the 2013 Tesla Model S sedan ended on Sunday and should go a long way toward easing car shoppers' concerns about the range of electric cars.

"Tesla LA to NY Supercharger rally just completed in 76 hours across northern route in dead of winter thru heavy snow!" tweeted Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The rally was designed to showcase Tesla's growing Supercharger network in the U.S. The Supercharger network allows buyers to charge their vehicles for free along a cross-country route.

Tesla said in a posting on its Web site that the team of drivers not only managed the trip in a little over 76 hours, they "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."

The team endured "blizzards, a blinding sand storm, freezing temperatures and driving rain," according to Tesla.

The company now has more than 70 Supercharger sites across the U.S.

The Tesla Model S is part of a growing number of electric vehicles in the U.S., including the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.

Edmunds says: A publicity gimmick with a powerful message for electric-car shoppers.

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