Two Electric Vehicle Coast-to-Coast World Records Broken
May 15, 2015—The electric vehicle coast-to-coast world record was unofficially broken on Thursday with a Tesla driven from Los Angeles to New York City in 58 hours and 55 minutes.
The record was broken by Team Uber Quik. Drivers Rodney Hawk, Deena Mastracci and Carl Reese left Los Angeles City Hall in a Tesla P85D on April 16 at 11:41pm and arrived at New York City Hall on April 19 at 1:36pm.
The team broke the previous record of 67 hours and 21 minutes set by a team from Edmunds.com in summer 2014.
Although the team broke two records during the trip, Guinness only recognizes the “least non-driving time to cross the U.S. in an electric vehicle,” meaning the shortest amount of charging time. The team logged just 12 hours and 48 minutes of charging time.
“I was inspired by my grandfather who took me on road trips as a child and Alex Roy who broke the cross-country record in a gasoline vehicle in 2006,” said Carl Reese. “Tesla is such a compelling car company that is creating tens of thousands of American jobs, with Tesla Motors in Fremont, California, Giga Factory in Sparks, Nevada, and Space X in Hawthorne, California.”