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Tesla Electric Cars Complete First Transcontinental Rally Despite Blizzards

Pair of Tesla Model S electric sedans complete 3,464.5 mile run from Los Angeles to New York City in just 76.5 hours, navigating snow storms in the Rockies and U.S. Midwest.

Published: 03-Feb-2014

Tesla Motors TSLA +0.75% is plotting its way into the Guinness World Records.

The electric car maker dispatched two Model S sedans in a cross-country drive that ended this morning in New York City. The trip, started in Los Angeles, took 76.5 hours and, according to a Tesla blog post, “recorded the lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the country – a feat that is now being assessed for recognition as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement.”

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The 3464.5-mile jaunt is yet another attempt to ease range anxiety among many consumers who worry about being stranded in a car with a depleted battery pack and nowhere near a charging station. While Tesla’s Model S is too expensive for average consumers, the company plans to roll out cheaper models at some point and needs to address the fear that has stopped many people from buying electric cars, even cheaper ones such as the Nissan Leaf (Leaf also has a smaller battery pack than what’s in Model S).


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