Road trips are an American tradition, though many electric car drivers probably feel left out due to the limited range and long charging time of many EVs. But a trio of intrepid EV enthusiasts is driving a recently-bought Tesla Model S from Portland, Oregon to New York City, on a national tour…just because.
This road trip is the brainchild of Peter Soukup, who convinced Luba Thomas to not just buy a Tesla Model S, but to drive it across the country in a daring road trip. Along with Tina Thomas, the trio set off from the weird capital of the world, Portland, Oregon on a cross-country trip back to New York City.
As it stands right now, most electric cars don’t have enough range to be considered by consumers as a reliable replacement for standard automobiles. The exception is the top-of-the-line 85 kWh Tesla Model S, with an EPA-rated 265 miles per charge. Their route will go from Portland, down the West Coast, and across the southern states, and then back up the East Coast.
The group set out the day after Christmas, and Luba is even liveblogging their way across the country. The last post put them in Albuquerque, New Mexico around day six or seven. All told, they should be nearing the end of their journey by now, so they’ve been making pretty good time across the country.
While 265 miles isn’t enough range for a blistering pace, it is more than enough to get from one landmark or city to the next. In today’s rush-rush-rush world, perhaps the way electric vehicles slow us down and force us to take in the scenery could be considered a good thing.
The Tesla Model S sounds like the perfect road trip EV, but are there any other EVs you’d want to take on a cross-country excursion?