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Telsa Model S Has Arrived In New York

By Roy L Hales

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The Tesla Model S drove into New York City at 2:20 am, Eastern Time, this morning. That was when Peter Soukup tweeted, “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere and we made it! Electric Road Trip S successfully finished in NYC, final mileage 4887!”  They came the long way: driving south from Portland to LA, across the Southern states to Georgia and then north along the Atlantic Coast to New York. Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd  have proven it is possible for an EV to drive across the United States and, in the process, set a World Record for road trips in an EV.

They started that final day in Ashland, North Carolina, about 600 miles South of New York. Not long after they left, Tina texted, “Shout out to James & Terry at Ashland #KOA for being the nicest staff w/ the best campground on our #Tesla tour!” Their other tweets read like a drum roll:

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Cross Country EV Trekkers enter North Carolina

By Roy L Hales

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According to recent tweets on their blog, Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd slept in Athens, Georgia, last night. That’s point G on the map above. They have driven over 4,000 miles and should arrive in New York city on Sunday (or Monday, at the latest). Their trip shatters any misconceptions about taking road trips with an EV, at least in a Tesla Model S.

The first entry in their blog was made by Peter, who caught a 3 Am flight from Washington, DC, to Portland, Oregon, on Christmas eve. He picked up his Tesla Model S at the local dealership and met  Tina up at the airport. They didn’t leave until the following day, had Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Corvallis, then drove on to Ashland on the California border.

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Telsa Model S Driving Across North America

By Roy L Hales

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A Tesla Model S has driven more than half way across North America. Tina Thomas and Peter Soukup left Portland, Oregon, on December 25 and their last tweet, posted twenty hours ago, states “And into Alabama as the sun sets :).” They are expected to reach New York City by January 7th or 8th.

They picked up a friend close to LA. Ruba Loytburd wrote, “This was my first day on Electric Road Trip S, but day 5 for Tina and Peter. After leaving Erin and Dave’s (thanks again, guys!) we headed out to Tesla’s supercharger at Hawthorn CA for a quick charging “top off.” A supercharger charges up the battery to full in about an hour as an opposed to about 8 hours on regular 50amp stove outlet. So I started out the trip pretty spoiled.”

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Driving on 100% Sunshine

By Roy L Hales

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Peder Norby’s interest in renewable energy goes back to his wind powered home in Denmark. Even then, Peder knew that someday he would drive an electric vehicle. In 2005, he and Julie built a 4,600 square house, overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Peder wanted a cheaper form of transportation, powered by sunshine. Julie was more concerned that it be dependable, comfortable and fun to drive. They installed 21 solar panels on the roof and a year later bought their first EV. Like most first time EV owners, they assumed it would be necessary to hang on to their “gas car.” That proved to be true until 2009, when Peder bought a BMW Mini E. As a County of San Diego Planning Commissioner, he drives all over the county, but found the Mini E was taking care of all his needs. His gas car just sat in the garage. So he sold it.

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