Two friends Jordan Hart and Bradly D'Souz have put their Tesla Model S to a great use that sounds cool and also supports a noble cause. The two drove from California to New York in what has become the fastest transcontinental run in an electric vehicle. It took them 51 hours and 47 minutes, while the previous record stood at 55 hours. Hart and D'Souz came up with the record-setting trip to raise awareness and donations for victims of human trafficking. While this feat supports a great cause, it also an illustration of the impressive progression of electric vehicles. The duo only made one quick stop to eat and optimised driving strategies while ignoring considerate recommendations from the car. The two faced some hardware obstacles such as their Model S 85D being less efficient than the Model S, which was used by previous record holders, but luckily environmental challenges were thankfully minimal.
This record represents a victory for the two men, their attempt to raise awareness on human trafficking, but also for Tesla and the electric car market too. They could bag 50 donations for a few thousand dollars, which Hart admits is below their expectations. “Since we were using a smaller battery car, I think a lot of people doubted we had a chance at beating the record,” Hart told The Verge. But with the Model S breaking the record, faith in electric vehicles (EV) will eventually be established in people's minds.
The concept of EV 'Cannonball Runs' from coast-to-coast is fairly new, but the runs so far highlight the fact that EVs are getting better. Some car experts from Edmunds.com did the trip in a Model S in 67 hours and 21 minutes in 2013. Two years later, a California couple beat that time by nine hours and 34 minutes. And then last year, veteran car writer Alex Roy and his team set a new record in their Model S 90D: over 4600 km in precisely 55 hours.
Hart and D’Souza never used the Autopilot, and consider luck to have been on their side for the entire journey. “Truly luck was on our side with our trip,” Hart said, adding: “as we hit essentially zero traffic jams, only four minutes of inclement weather, and arrived in NYC on a holiday to find the streets almost empty/devoid of traffic.”