TESLA ROAD TRIP TALES AFTER TRAVELING THROUGH 48 STATES
Visitor Contributor: Steve Sasman*; Editor’s Be aware: Driving each an older Mannequin S and new Mannequin three, Steve went on an epic 48-state street journey visiting 107 Tesla shops, assembly over 500 Tesla workers, and uncovering useful street journey hacks. Right here, Steve recounts some highlights from his journey.
*This text involves us courtesy of EVANNEX (which additionally makes aftermarket Tesla equipment). Posted by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are usually not essentially our personal at InsideEVs.
Above: Plenty of smiles per hour! (Photograph: Steve Sasman*)
On August 1, 2018, I got down to be the primary human to drive a Tesla to each single USA Tesla Retailer within the decrease 48 states. Alongside the best way I found one thing — among the finest components of any Tesla street journey are the random issues that may occur at any time.
Case In Level: Kansas Metropolis
I used to be leaving the Kansas Metropolis Tesla Retailer when Issac, a brilliant pleasant Tesla worker requested if I used to be hungry. “Sure! Ship me someplace good,” I mentioned. He steered Joe’s BBQ.
Apparently, Joe’s is an outdated fuel station. Let that irony sink in… Nicely, as I approached the door, I may see an extended line. “Uhhh” I assumed, as I didn’t actually need to wait, so I requested the final man in line what the deal was. He mentioned, “Oh yeah. It’s value it, I’d wait”. After telling him about my cross-country journey, John invited me to have lunch with him. Wow, what nice luck!
Above: The 2012 Tesla Mannequin S P85 that’s been by numerous adventures (Photograph: Steve Sasman*)
After lunch, I invited John to take a spin within the Tesla. We began out good and mellow. Then, after seeing a pleasant open stretch, I punched the P85 into motion. “WOOOOHHHHOOOO,” screamed John who was shocked on the instantaneous torque and acceleration of the Tesla.
It is a very regular response I get from nearly anybody who experiences it. What made this any totally different? Over lunch, John advised me he was a former NASCAR driver who as soon as gained 12 races in a yr (not the very prime circuit however shut). So the truth that an precise race automobile driver was blown away by my seven yr outdated Tesla actually impressed me. Particularly contemplating how SLOW my P85 is in comparison with the newer P100DL mannequin that may do zero–60 mph in 2.28 seconds and is the quickest manufacturing automobile on the planet.
Highway Journey Randomness : St. Louis
Whereas on the St. Louis Retailer I occurred to begin chatting with one other Tesla proprietor, John VonBokel.
After speaking about my journey John mentioned, “Hey, your journey sounds enjoyable, I’m really free the subsequent a number of weeks. Care if I be part of you?” I mentioned, “Certain, why not?”
After getting clearance from his girlfriend, John joined me in his Mannequin three for 2 weeks, from Michigan to New England, then right down to North Carolina. It was enjoyable to have one other Tesla fanatic share the journey in a mini-caravan of outdated and new Teslas.
Above: John’s Black Mannequin three and my Mannequin S at our assembly level in Michigan (Photograph: Steve Sasman*)
On our most prolific day, we hit 5 Tesla shops together with Brooklyn and Manhattan in three states (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) after which went to a Philadelphia Phillies recreation that night time.
A Massive Breakfast: Miami
One other spotlight was assembly with Matt Pressman of EVANNEX Tesla Equipment in Florida. We met three years in the past throughout my first journey and he set me up with some nice street journey equipment in addition to this insane meal:
Above: Me and Matt from EVANNEX after some fried hen and waffles (Images: Steve Sasman*)
Sure, I “Like Tesla” on YouTube: Atlanta
Lastly, in Atlanta, I used to be in a position to meet up with the favored YouTuber Kim from Like Tesla who had rented my Mannequin S a number of years in the past for a visit to Sedona. Try Kim’s channel…it’s so good she’s already gained two Roadsters by Tesla’s referral program.
Above: Nearly 200,000 Miles on the Mannequin S (Youtube: Like Tesla)
Pit Cease: Flagstaff
The primary leg of the journey ended 9/9/18. I made a pit cease at dwelling to relaxation and atone for a variety of work.
One mission I needed to full throughout my break was getting my Tesla Powerwall put in at my Flagstaff Rental Cabin to go together with the excessive energy wall charger (Tesla’s HPWC) that I’ve already obtained put in there. Now it’s selfie-ready for vacationers who lease my Tesla-friendly cabin.
Above: Because of my referrals, I earned the Elon, JB and Franz signed Tesla Powerwall that’s at my Flagstaff Rental Cabin (Photograph: Steve Sasman*)
Delivering Mannequin three Vehicles: Tempe
One other actually satisfying occasion was on September 29th in Tempe AZ. I used to be in a position to be part of different wonderful Tesla house owners who volunteered to assist Tesla ship a file quantity of automobiles in Q3 of 2018.
Above: Serving to with buyer deliveries (Photograph: Steve Sasman*)
What different automobile firm has house owners so passionate they’d hand over a Saturday to assist the corporate for free?
After the break, on October 16th, I took my model new Mannequin three Efficiency for the final 6 States.
Above: Taking supply of my new Mannequin three (Youtube: Tesla Renter)
It began with 25 miles on the odometer and ended the journey with four,370 miles simply two flawless weeks later.
Above: Mannequin three on the Mothership in Fremont CA (Photograph: Steve Sasman*)
I wrapped up the journey going from Scottsdale to Vegas, Utah and Seattle, then all the best way again by Oregon and California. Oh, what a visit it was!
*Steve Sasman is a Tesla experimenter and 48-state street tripper at TeslaRenter.com; he’s additionally a sharing economic system enabler at FlagstaffRentalCabin.com.
*Editor’s Be aware: EVANNEX, which additionally sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share a few of its content material with our readers, freed from cost. Our thanks exit to EVANNEX. Try the positioning right here.