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Should Tesla sponsor a cross country "Cannonball Run"?.....

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It would be great publicity.... What do you think? This would be for Tesla's only...

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Agree, but it needs to be done with a "real family" like the Griswold's and filmed.
 

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Absolutely not. This is an absurd suggestion. Very few percentage of population drive cross country, even fewer people do it in a Cannonball type race. Why would you even suggest to do it in an EV?

What are you trying to promote? That Elon Musk wants to sell more Teslas by sprinkling "Supercharger" network across the interstate highways? Many of which will get questionable % of use, but pump up his stock temporarily?

One more thing, you picked the wrong forum folder to post this. Try "completely off topic" next time.
 

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only if the rules prohibit exceeding the posted speed limit.

Cannonball run tomfoolery will finally come to an end only when some innocent is killed in a fireball during an attempt. Fortunatly, the last guys to do this created a close to unbeatable mark, unfortunatly, there are lots of people with way too much free time on thier hands who would love to prove that they could beat this....

clearly the plug in combo vehicles, like the Volt and cmax-energi and pip, could drive this non stop after their 10 or 20 or 38 miles on battery, while the battery vehicles would have to charge up regularly. The Tesla can charge up at about 90 mph or more in good conditions, so at the speed limit, a tesla could continuously drive for 4 hours, then charge for 2 and cover about 250 miles every 6 hours this way. 60 hours cross country or so at the speed limit. a bunch faster it someone wants to put the rest of the driving public at risk. Anyone in a 2 door Aspire could probably complete the run legally in 60 hours. faster with extra fuel tanks fitted....
 

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only if the rules prohibit exceeding the posted speed limit.

Cannonball run tomfoolery will finally come to an end only when some innocent is killed in a fireball during an attempt. Fortunatly, the last guys to do this created a close to unbeatable mark, unfortunatly, there are lots of people with way too much free time on thier hands who would love to prove that they could beat this....

clearly the plug in combo vehicles, like the Volt and cmax-energi and pip, could drive this non stop after their 10 or 20 or 38 miles on battery, while the battery vehicles would have to charge up regularly. The Tesla can charge up at about 90 mph or more in good conditions, so at the speed limit, a tesla could continuously drive for 4 hours, then charge for 2 and cover about 250 miles every 6 hours this way. 60 hours cross country or so at the speed limit. a bunch faster it someone wants to put the rest of the driving public at risk. Anyone in a 2 door Aspire could probably complete the run legally in 60 hours. faster with extra fuel tanks fitted....
I think its a great idea to raise awareness that you can take an EV on a road trip. Too high of a percentage of people don't even know what happens when the battery runs out in a Volt and that you can take it on a road trip, never mind what they think of EV's for a road trip.

As far as speeds, I'd imagine the Tesla winner would drive 50 mph, instead of 80 mph so he doesn't have to charge as often. Or maybe the re-charging rate exceeds what you'd save by driving slower...

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I think it's the wrong type of publicity. You'd either have reckless drivers stranded on the side of the road (bad publicity), or hypermilers being passed by every other car on the road (bad publicity).

What we need to show off is how much fun and how nice these cars are to drive, not the extents you need to go to in order to stretch the range. You may be proud of driving in the cold/heat, 5 miles below the speed limit to get 50 miles on battery, but the general public will take it the wrong way.
 

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There is already someone doing a cross-country drive from East to West right now. They posted on a Tesla forum today about their progress. NY to So. Cal I think it is. They will show in CA and who knows if anyone will even cover it. They are probably not the first to do it. Some are driving N and S from NY to Miami now that the east coast I-95 corridor is open.

It is a very limited route though. Superchargers are much like tank-lines in scuba diving. Once you are off the primary SuperCharger link, you need lower-speed charging elsewhere like RV parks or J1772 overnight. Tesla's solution won't be complete until 1000+ SCs are installed in the US and that may not be that convenient for many. Can you imagine if one station goes down for 2 days? It then comes down to who on the Plugshare network can they link-up with to get an acceptable charge to proceed.
 
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