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Musk Family Road Trip - Cross Country Supercharging!

Tweets from Elon this morning:

"Just finalized the LA to NY family road trip route in Model S. 6 day, 3200 mile journey with only 9 hrs spent charging."

"At 1.5 hrs/day, we will only ever need to charge when stopping anyway to eat or sightsee, never just for charging itself"

@Dramsey - the map has been updated since April. The Florida, Chicago and Texas Superchargers are all new since then.

I hope they have lots of security. Us shareholders can't afford to have a Musk kidnapped. I would imagine they bring reporters but they do not report live for security reasons.

Which WIRED article? What date?

Is the trip still planned for December?

He doesn't mention when. I'd guess not until 2014. They'd have to complete installation on at least 15 new stations before he could take this trip. And looking at the "winter 2013" map, most of the dots are black, not red. And most are not on a direct route, ie having to go through S Dakota, Minnesota etc. So probably more like 3500 miles. Mid to late 2014 I think will be great for cross country travel, according to the map at least, if they stick to it. Trust me I want it as much as anyone, but I think it'll be a while.

not a trip to made in winter so most likely summer 2014 I would think.

I thought he said December - maybe on an investor call.

Back in May he was quoted as saying the SC network would triple by July, would be in most major metropolitan areas and cross country trip using SCs would be possible by the end of 2013.

I'll see if I can find the transcript where I thought he said he was planning his trip for December. Could be his plans got delayed due to the delay in the SC network.

To be fair, I'm sure there is small print somewhere to the effect "The Company's forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company's business and performance, the economy and other future conditions and forecasts of future events, circumstances and results. As with any projection or forecast, forward-looking statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances."

Maybe during the trip he will realize how uncomfortable the seats are and redesign them!

Many find long distance travel in the seats to be superior to any other car they've experience. Negative first impressions of aspects of the MS tend to reverse in due course.

I stopped by a supercharger on a business trip on the west coast and talked to a contractor. He had built two and was bidding on more. Comments from the guy.

- they are building 100 and he thinks they will go to 300.

- permitting is going ok. Finding local contractors that can do the electrical work is the issue. They have had some issues with local unions if they bring in their guys.

- lots of these are located on the edge of malls and in places with limited power. Getting power there is the main issue.

- the dots on the map are directional. They are moved to make sure they don't block city names in many instances.

Good guy and he was bidding on many more. I believe that as they get up the learning curve these will go a whole lot faster.

News Story from today: Looks Flaky to me!

Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) is lower on the session amid CEO Elon Musk starting his six-day, 3,200-mile cross-country road trip in a Model S sedan to dispel media concerns over battery charging times and distance limitations.

Putting a reason behind a stock's movement in the market is always speculative, but most think the stock is lower because Aswath Damodaran put a value of $67.12 on it.

I also thought I read somewhere that the trip was to take place before the end of the year, but I can't find the reference. Obviously, Musk won't undertake the trip until all the planned supercharger stops are completed. In the northwest, the contractor building several of the stations has gotten faster and faster. Once they break ground, they take a couple of weeks to build, although sometimes it takes a while for the utility to do its side of the connection, and to actually energize the station.

This is great. If Musk says he's going to do it, it will be done. After all he did something
that most people said can't no done. Besides he will have first hand knowledge of how
the car works in the real world.

How did the family eat at all the supercharging stations within a half hour? Wouldn't that require a) there be restaurants or a 7-11 or some where to buy food and b) to eat really fast or in the car? Details needed.


The contractor is right - they are building 100 more by the end of 2013, and then 200 more. It is on the website.

Interesting that the conractor says permitting is going ok - they would know, since they are probably the ones that put in the application locally. There has been speculation that permitting may be the issue, but boots on the ground seem to say otherwise. I'm sure there are electricians in each locale that know how to get permits approved - and some that don't.

I can see where power is an issue, depending on the location. But wouldn't that just be part of deciding the final location? I worked with a company that built out a datacenter, and power coming into the locations they were looking at was a consideration. If you want to build a 100MW power plant, you can't just expect to connect to the grid wherever you want.

I would think a contractor could put in a couple of SCs a week - just move the different crews from one to the next.

...and if Elon Musk can get his company to send a rocket to the space station, I would think he can get a few SCs built so he can take his vacation.

So what did happen to the Musk family trip? It seemed it had started, but then now news other than a snow storm. Did snow cause Elon to abort? It would be reasonable since I'm sure he's got more important things to do than get stuck and unstuck in snow while the kids get agitated. I was just wondering about that and couldn't find any news about it, which is odd because I suspect there would have been articles written if the trip had been a success. Does anyone know what happened?

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