Motor Trend Conducts the first extended range road test

Check out what Motor Trend had to say about the Model S as they took Elon’s personal car to the drag strip and then on an extended road trip!

While the Model S Performance stacks up with the M5 and E63 AMG (two personal favorites of ours) in speed and handling, I’m a bit more interested in their findings on the actual useful range. It seems that the 265 mile range, as tested by the EPA, had failed to take into account “…The impact of normal driving chaos, even in moderate traffic.”

Normal stopping, dodging the errant motorist, wind and anything other than steady state 55 mph driving reduced their range to 11% below the EPA estimated range.

Interesting to note that in an internal combustion engine car, it’s not hard to meet or exceed the EPA estimates of fuel economy. However, it looks to be a whole new ball game with EV rating testing.

We will definitely revisit the topic of actual range (probably often), and what affects it most as we drive.

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Route Planning

Because of the way that dates worked out, it looks like we’ll be taking a more northerly route, from SF to Washington DC.  This is tentatively what the route will look like:

Major cities that we’ll hit:

  • Start: San Francisco, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Reno, NV
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • Omaha, NE
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Toledo, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • End: Washington, DC

Know anyone in those cities with a high power wall connector, or who wants to see the car?  Let them know to drop us a line!