Lars Thomsen, known among EV enthusiasts with his analysis and research on the development of Evs, and also founder and chief futurist at Future Matters, has accomplished a new world record for EVs together with his wife Betty Legler and daughter Robin Jedi Thomsen and their Tesla Model 3.
At the Cannonball Race, leading from New York City to Redondo Beach, they participated with their American Tesla Model 3 and made the die 4,562 kilometers (2,835 miles) (including the distance to and from supercharger stations in 48 hours and 10 minutes. They shattered the past EV record of 50 hours, 16 minutes and 32 seconds from January 2018, also held by a Model 3.
The trip started in NYC at the Red Ball Garage on 31st and 3rd Avenue on Friday, July12th, 2019 at 11:02pm EDT and ended at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach in California on Sunday, July 14th at 8:12 PDT. Average speed was at 58.9 miles per hour (94.8 km/h). In total 19 stops at a supercharger were made, and the majority of the time the vehicle was driving in Autopilot mode.
The route went from New York south through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona to California. The energy used was 832kWh, averaging 293 Watthours per mile (192 Wh/km). The three drivers had the cabin temperature set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) with a 380kg load. The total costs for electricity were at $136.26.
Thomsen’s Model 3 was an unmodified version of the 2018 Model 3 LR RWD, that he imported in January 2018 from the USA to Switzerland and registered it there. He returned to car to the US for the Cannonball Race [Wikipedia] in May 2010.
Lars is a future researcher, Betty is musician and entrepreneur, and Robin Jedi an 18-year-old college student, who just made her driver’s licens 2 weeks prior to the Cannonball Race. The Thomsen-family has been Tesla owners since 2012.
This article was also published in German.