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Published on August 2nd, 2019 | by Johnna Crider


This Tesla Model 3 Took Selfies In The Arctic Circle

August 2nd, 2019 by  

Earlier in July, my Twitter friend Wade Anderson came through Baton Rouge on an epic road trip in his Model 3. Not only did I have my first experience riding in a Model 3 as a result, but Wade told me of his plans to partake of the wildest and most adventurous Tesla road trip one can imagine.

He drove from Arizona, through Baton Rouge, to Florida, up the coast to Maine, up to Canada, where he was interviewed by CBC Canada’s Hayden Watters, and then to Alaska and the Arctic Circle. And his trip hasn’t even ended yet.

What many don’t realize is that this may actually be on record as the longest Tesla road trip in a Model 3.  When he came through Louisiana, he had a beautiful white car. However, it’s gotten pretty dirty on its adventures.

One of the most stunning images from his trip, I think, is this one below. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but this one does more than speak. It captures an ending of an era with the beginning of a new one — the old and the new — in the stunning terrain of Alaska. The pipeline in the photo that Wade captured is by the Yukon River.

Photo by Wade Anderson, used with permission.

Another stunning photo that Wade took is of the Model 3 on the Arctic tundra. Wade’s Model 3 is a vivid spark of white against the greys and greenish-browns of the Alaskan wilderness.

Photo by Wade Anderson, used with permission.

Wade’s journey has been well documented and he is hoping it will help him achieve his goal of 1,000 YouTube subscribers on his channel TeslaSocial. Wade has a short video documentary of every single day of his trip. Each day, there is something unique about America that is uncovered from his point of view, and it shows you just how far a Tesla Model 3 can really go.

Day 25, for example, gives you a quick shot of the Crazy Horse monument. Day 27 shows us the ruggedness of the wild, wild west as Wade passes through a tiny town in North Dakota.

This video is where he drives in his Model 3 to the geographic center of North America. In Rugby, North Dakota, he comes across a signpost that is the official marker of the center of North America — and, of course, video of his Model 3 is as close to the actual geographic center as possible.

The journey that Wade is on is an incredible one. It shows many sides of America, gives us a thrill of exploring our world through him, and helps us to see just how beautiful it really is. This journey wasn’t without some haters in remote areas. Many people still don’t realize that Tesla is an American company, and are for whatever reason biased against it.

While in Alaska, Wade came upon a woman who told him that he was “un-American” for driving an electric car. The woman, of course, didn’t realize that Tesla was American made.

Perhaps, as Wade suggested, if Tesla can get the charging network in remote places such as Alaska, people will embrace the idea of Tesla, owning a Tesla, and seeing that Tesla is just as American as the idea of going into the wild west and braving the elements.

Alaska is the embodiment of this: a remote area where one has to know the land, utilize the resources, and be strong enough to survive. People with this thinking, in my opinion, would be open to the use of solar power — which Tesla also provides — and then powering their cars with that solar power.

However, being so far up north could present a challenge. The summer is great for solar power, the winter not so much, even with batteries as cost-competitive as they are today in other regions.

Wade’s journey is still in progress, and we can watch every single day of this trip on his YouTube channel. He’s even giving out prizes for his trip. First prize has over $1,000 of Tesla related products — many sponsored by business owners in the Tesla community. All you have to do to enter are two things: subscribe to his channel and guess the milage of his total trip. You can see the list of prizes here.

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Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge artist, gem and mineral collector, and Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter

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