The plan: to drive from Seattle to Los Angeles, a trip of more than 1800 kilometres – almost the same distance as traversing the Hume Highway from Brisbane to Melbourne. And, just like you would if you drove that trip, we’d be travelling through three states to our final destination.
Charging up: the idea is to rely upon the Tesla Supercharger network for as much of the journey as is possible – thus enabling us to figure out whether the car copes in its ideal environment.
The potential problems: running out of charge between cities, or when exploring beyond the Supercharger route.
There are two major limitations when it comes to electric cars – battery range and charging infrastructure.
Without either of these, you’ll be hard-pressed to travel any more than 150 kilometres using a conventional pure electric vehicle. But electric car startup brand Tesla and its luxury-focused Model S turn convention on its head.
That’s because this sleek liftback sedan has the longest battery range of any pure electric – that is, non plug-in hybrid – car ever made, with up to 460 kilometres of claimed range. Aussie cars will come attached to an even higher claim, with 504km of range.