Tesla Model S owner John Glenney and his daughter Jill became the first people to cross the country using the recently-completed Tesla Supercharger network. The trip took a week and 1,366 kWh of electricity to complete, but cost $0 thanks to the free Supercharger refills. It’s hard not to be impressed.
Normally, driving a car of the caliber of the Tesla Model S over 3,600 miles from New York City to Los Angeles would consume on average probably 30 MPG, meaning you’d have to use around 120 gallons of fuel at an average $3.25 a gallon. You’re looking at close to $400 just in fuel, but the Glenneys did it without spending a single dollar.
Of course there was concern that the Supercharger network might not be complete, but the final pieces of the puzzle fell into place just days before. So far there are over 70 Supercharger stations installed, though the network kind of meanders across the country, turning what could be a 40-hour trip into some like 60 hours of driving. That will change as more Superchargers come online, and Europe will soon be similarly covered.
Having done a road trip myself though, I can tell you that it isn’t always speed that matters. Soon, most of America will be covered by the Supercharger network, allowing for travel almost anywhere in a fully-charged Model S. For free. If you’re a literal road warrior, driving from one appointment to another, the Model S could easily pay for itself in very short order.
If you’ve been on the fence about buying a Model S, this should be the story that convinces you it’s the right car to buy.