Tesla Model S driven for 423.5 miles on a single charge

David Metcalf and son
David Metcalf and son

681 km

A Tesla Model S was driven for more than 400 miles (644 km) on a single charge. As a matter of fact, David Metcalf and his 12-year-old son were able to travel with the electric car for a total of 423.5 miles (681.5 km) before the towing company came.

They got in touch with Guinness World Record organization who pre-approved the achievement but will need "4-6 weeks to review the evidence." The car in question was the flagship 85 kWh variant that has been officially rated by the EPA at 265 miles (426.4 km). David's Model S did not suffer any modifications except for the higher-than-standard inflated tires. The Model S was driven without the air conditioning turned on while the windows were opened only a few inches.

Tesla Motors' Elon Musk congratulated the two via Twitter, while the firm's Vice President George Blankenship called them.

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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
What was the average speed? People still don't realise that the problem of electric cars, more than the range is the time it takes to "refuel"... if my electric car only did 150miles, it would be ok if the charging times was something like 3min
Dec 14th, 2012 5:59am
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AstonMartin AstonMartin
The Tesla will "brick" if all the electric charge is depleted. Owners "MUST" keep a charge on the car at all times. If the car should ever lose its charge it will become immobile and Tesla will charge $40K to "un-brick" the vehicle. A tow trick on the scene is not a good sign - unless there was no where close to re-charge. Pure electric cars must overcome this issue for me to strongly consider purchasing.
Dec 14th, 2012 4:31am
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howe2002 howe2002
Key part of the story "before the towing company came", seriously, seeing an electric car on a tow truck certainly does not look like the future.. Why don't they have a solar panel on the roof to help it recharge, even just a little bit?? Then at least you can park it for a while, have some lunch and you're off to the nearest electrical outlet..
Dec 14th, 2012 2:04am
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andybrown andybrown
Tesla Motors' George Blankenship called them "what"?
Dec 14th, 2012 12:02am
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ucplayer ucplayer
Not that impressive tbh. No AC on...whats the big deal. My car doesn't have AC! Just don't go over the speed limit and smooth driving and voila!
Dec 13th, 2012 11:31pm
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keithxp keithxp
Poor kid.
Dec 13th, 2012 9:05pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
Before reading the article i thought it was a middle age woman and her husband...turns out its his 12 yr old son Also well done really impressive but how was this pre approved as a world record?
Dec 13th, 2012 8:38pm
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dmanero dmanero
These days every stupid thing you can imagine is a world record. Gettin really pathetic. But back to the topic at hand. The Telsa is a beautiful piece of technology and machine. I'm split between the Karma or the S.
Dec 13th, 2012 10:10pm
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