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I was the only one charging at the Trinidad, Colo. Tesla Supercharger Station on this late August weekday afternoon. I needed 75 minutes to add 200 miles of charge, and left for Santa Fe, New Mexico, 196 miles away, with 246 miles of range. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

I had a chance to drive my brother’s Tesla Model S P85 from Denver to Santa Fe Monday, and, I have to say, hats off to Tesla for:

a) creating an electric car for long-distance driving;

b) for establishing a long-distance charging network that ensures an electric car can do what a gas car does, meaning make the traditional American road trip.

Thanks to Tesla and its Supercharger Network — why does NO other EV charging company understand that EV drivers don’t want/don’t need charging stations at their local Walgreens, they want them in places that EXTEND the capability of their EV! — I easily made this 404 mile trip in eight hours. This includes a 75 minute Supercharging session in Trinidad, Colo. [Trinidad is right on the border with New Mexico.]

No other cars -- or gas stations -- on this lonely section of I-25 in Northern Mexico, but plenty of confidence that I wouldn't run out of charge in my brother's Tesla Model S. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

No other cars — or gas stations — on this lonely section of I-25 in Northern New Mexico, but plenty of confidence that I wouldn’t run out of charge in my brother’s Tesla Model S. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

I drove between 65 and 75 m.p.h.  the whole way, and ended up in Santa Fe with 20 miles to spare.

Overall, a smooth, enjoyable long-distance road trip — including about 100 miles of driving across one of the loneliest stretches of Interstate highway in America, from Raton to Las Vegas, New Mexico, where gas stations are just as difficult to find as EV charging stations — all with just one charging session.



The trip began with a 35-minute charging session at the Tesla Supercharger station at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colo. All four Supercharger stations were being used when I filled up at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

The trip began with a 35-minute charging session at the Tesla Supercharger station at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colo. All four Supercharger stations were being used when I filled up at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

Just goes to prove EVs can do the job for long-distance driving, as long as the charging infrastructure is in place, and, in the case of the Tesla Supercharger network, it is, in fact, in place.

Now, if only some other car makers and charging station companies such as Charge Point, etc. would follow Tesla’s lead and create long-distance charging networks for the rest of us.

2 Responses

  1. Ramon A. Cardona

    Nice report. We drove that road last year on a three week road trip on our hybrid SUV and hardly saw another vehicle. Mr. Musk has developed the three main points required for long term travel: range, fast charging and charging stations at the correct locations and for free or included in the price of the car. The issue of range and fast charging is being developed. Investment on long range, fast charging and charging stations by many companies and governments. With Tesla Motors now considered a genuine threat, auto companies have no time to waste. I wonder how many shall be successful as Tesla in the next five years. Nissan is following suit with their DC Fast Chargers for the Leaf. Since January 1, 2015 over 20 new stations in southwest Ohio have been installed. What is missing is the range of the Leaf. Even 150 miles of actual range would be a huge help. Thanks for the report and I trust you had an excellent time driving the Tesla.

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    • Christof Demont-Heinrich

      Hi Ramon,
      Thank you so much for your comments and feedback and support — and for sharing your own solar-charged driving experiences!

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