With more than 1,800 Roadsters circling the globe, and at least one in almost every state of the union, the Tesla fanbase that seems to surprise most people is Texas. Home to the oil industry and criss-crossed with long empty stretches of highway, it doesn’t seem like an automatic fit for electric cars. But the dozens of Tesla owners who live there beg to differ -- and will prove it to you if they need to.
Part Two (to read Part One, click here)
Thursday morning we found ourselves in Edinburgh, considering our next move. We had thought about escorting the BBC’s Mini-E into Edinburgh (it had to pass within half a mile of our host’s location), but decided to leave driver Brian Milligan to finish on his own. Although some made accusations that our trip the previous day was also just a PR stunt, we actually intended to continue driving.
David Peilow is a Systems Engineer at a British satellite manufacturer. A lifelong car fan, he has anticipated the arrival of EVs since reading about the GM Impact as a teenager. His dealings with SpaceX and quick chat with Elon Musk in his day job led him to follow developments at Tesla from the beginning. A 2008 discussion at a car show about the similarities between Tesla's approach to battery design and the use of 18650 form factor lithium ion cells in his satellite projects led to a test drive of a Roadster validation prototype. The rest, as they say, is history.
We’ve been driving our Tesla in Belgium for more than six months and have racked up nearly 20,000 kms. Every working day I drive it to my job and to my business appointments – no problems whatsoever. It’s perfect for our daily use in and around our home in Ghent. But we were curious to know whether it could “go the distance,” so to speak, and serve as a road trip car.