Tesla Model S 85D Owner Hits Single-Charge Distance Record Of 550 Miles

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Tesla Model S owners community is quite an enthusiastic one, with many owners going well out of their way to spread the word, so to speak, about the game-changing electric sedan. Accompanying this has also been a willingness to try and truly push the boundaries of the vehicle as well.

On that note, a Tesla Model S 85D owner recently (not that recently actually, but late last year) made a 20-hour marathon push to fully test the battery-pack range limits — just how far can a Model S 85D be made to go when the driver cares about nothing but going as far as possible on one charge?

At least 550.3 miles, apparently, going by a man named Casey Spencer’s endurance slog to test the limits. Here’s a video he made documenting the effort:

Here are the details from the man himself (via the YouTube page description):

The important parts of The Fight for 500 live stream. Not only did I break the 500 mile mark, I shattered it at 550.3 miles, with “Charge Now” popping up as I backed in to the Supercharger. If parts of the video seem choppy, it’s not your connection, it was mine – these videos were recorded while being streamed live during the record run over a mobile network.

Some more statistics for you:
-The 140Wh/mile average for this record is 240% more energy efficient than my previous lifetime average of 336Wh/mile.
-The two granola bar average for this record is 200% higher than my previous granola bar intake over the past month.
-The highest external temperature reached was 100°F. My fans were about as effective at keeping me cool as blow dryers.
-The answer to the question you’re all asking is will power.
-The hazard light and I became friends sometime around the 20th hour. It informed me its name is Harry “The Hazard” Rosenblatt.
-At least two of these facts are true.

I’ll give the man credit for his curiosity, but I don’t think that you could convince me that making such a trip would be worth the effort. I guess that once Teslas become fully autonomous that this sort of thing will become far easier on the “driver” though.

Reprinted with permission.

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