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"


I am a big fan of Elon, but is this the whole story?
How is it possible to traverse the entire country and spend only 9 hours charging?

Is he not counting charging at night in the 9 hours?

Or is there a new network of Superchargers that no one else knows about?

He is probably using the Tesla financing calculator to determine those numbers :)

He's planning to use the superchargers in the "Winter 2013" tab here: http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

If they drive 3,200 miles, stopping to supercharge every 200 miles, it would be 16 total charging stops. 34 minutes at each supercharger would get you to 9 hours total. Seems reasonable to me. Assuming you get the full 120kW every time you charge.

Probably too optimistic for the average driver to expect those perfect conditions in the real world. But when you're iron man...

He does keep it interesting...

9 hours charging x 400 chrg-mi/hr (assuming 120Kw SCs) = 3600 miles.

So, no I don't think he plans to charge at night. I'm also sure he's planning on a version of the software that removes the vampire load.

My question is when, originally he said the end of the year and that implies that all of the required SCs will be in place by that time. From this, I'm guessing that their pace of rolling out SCs is about to increase...a lot.

Very cool and very excited! I hope his trip is well documented and well publicized!

But he talks in the past - he says "I just finalized the LA to NY family road trip". How could he do that? As far as we know there are no superchargers yet anywhere outside CA and WA to cross the country. Something is not right here.

Forget my previous post! He just did the planning - that's all.

Maybe we'll get a Follow Elon app during his drive, where we can track how his distance traveled correlates with the inevitable increase in the stock price.

I know they are probably going to clear the superchargers ahead of his arrival since this is a PR thing, but wouldn't it be funny if the stalls are all occupied with ICE vehicles or other Model S that have been sitting there for hours... LOL

@AmpedRealtor | SEPTEMBER 5, 2013: wouldn't it be funny if the stalls are all occupied with ICE vehicles or other Model S that have been sitting there for hours

I was just thinking the same thing! I think we would see a quick change in policy or attitude if that were the case.

"What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all."

Charles Augustus Lindbergh

"The Spirit of Elon Musk"

I am sure a Tesla person will occupy a slot for him.

This could be a fantastic or TERRIBLE PR move.

looks like they flooded the zone with permits and expect a massive amount of Superchargers to come online during the fall/winter. Great news!

At least he doesn't have to charge at Gilroy... so it could be done less obvious. And the the fix the SC team stands by around the corner...
The only question I have will he do it quietly or with a horde of reporters behind him.

This is a great way to focus the team on hitting the SC goals.

And it's a terrific way to prove your dog food is the best.

A roadtrip moment that dad and sons will remember forever, and probably read about in the history books.

I used the winter map and came up with a trip that required 20 charges of 1/2 hour each. Mine trip is a bit longer than Elon's as I am planning to go from San Diego to Tarrytown, NY.

I am going to allow a week and if I pick places to stay overnight that allow 240/40 charging, I may be able to skip some of the Supercharger stops or shorten them. But as the plan stands today, it's all supercharger for free.

I get a kick out of the idea that a company schedules the build-out of a major support system for it's only product based upon a college road trip taken long ago by its CEO.

Still, it's a risky play, since it puts the successful completion of a large number of superchargers directly in the spotlight. If he makes that trip when and as promised, it will be quite a coup. If he doesn't, it will be quite an embarrassment.

Expect a back up Model S will be driving with him in the unlikely case of breakdown and for security.

If he event they broadcast the start time and route expect: Press at some charger stops, MS Owners (fans) and perhaps hecklers. All of which could extend stop time.

It would be cool to see a small group of enthusiastic MS owners to follow by a few hours and get to meet him at the finish line.

We should have the confidence in Elon in making his MS across country journey. If he plans well as he said, I wouldn't doubt his ability of execution. Who wants to bet against his world class ability of execution? Only those foolish shorts and this time Mr. John Broder again perhaps.

I'll bet against him but you got to give long odds! Hoping I can make same trip next summer.

Anyone know if his expected route will bring him through Arizona? I believe one of the superchargers is supposed to be constructed here in Buckeye, where I live. I would love to wave at Elon from my Model S! :)

Lol on the financing calculator @ampedrealator. In terms of route. Using the map it seems they are building out I-80 to accomplish this. That will be his route most likely, no Zona. Just hope Wally Wprld isn't closed when they get there......."sorry folks!"

Folks, this isn't rocket science.

His route will be well known. Unlikely there will be more than one cross-country route with SCs.

If others are correct that permits are what is holding up SCs, then they must already know the exact location of all the SCs he will be using, and have all the permit applications in and be well along in the approval process on all of them.

His trip will require the doubling of the number of SC locations currently operational.

Missing his summer SC schedule must have been a big embarrasment for Elon. Hopefully he has made the necessary changes to fix it, and will have made enough progress on the fix so he has a good response on the next quarterly investor call.

+1 Bighorn, really, it's going to be easy with the superchargers in place. and the 120kWh chargers are going to speed things up too.

no @AmpedRealtor, as far as I can tell, LA to NY does not go through AZ (via superchargers!)
@DouglasR, and what about the trip to Mars? probably hatched that idea when he was a kiddie reading Sci-fi or watching some movie, what's wrong with that? Most of us don't dream big like Elon, or make the dreams come true.

I sure hope there aren't hecklers out on the trail. Elon is bringing his children with him. If the haters would sink so low while his kids are riding along that just proves they lack any sense of integrity and should be exposed.

Overall, the Fall '13 map adds 51 to the current 19 SCs. That works out to about 1 every 2 days till Dec 21.

Clarification: 1 every 2 working days, assuming 6-day workweeks.

Did he say when he plans to do this? I seem to remember December, 2013.

I notice in the Wired article:

"However, a Tesla spokeswoman tells WIRED that the Supercharger map hasn’t been updated since April and that many more stations are planned to be online by the time Musk and his family set off."

Um...why hasn't the map been updated since April?

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