Heading cross country!

Heading cross country!

Drove from Kentucky to New York last week to pick up my daughter in Hoboken for my co- pilot. As I was exiting the freeway for JFK, I hit something in the road that blew out a tire and bent the rim. Called tesla service at 7:am Monday morning. They had a new tire and rim on by 9 am. Left JFK supercharger at 9:45. Stopped in Hoboken and on to Newark, De. Full range charge and left with 258 miles. Pulled into Somerset sc with 11 miles rang left. Somerset to Macedonia in 3 hrs. It was snowing so the leg to Maumee, Ohio was slow. Got in at 2:30 am and couldn't get to the supercharger because of the snow that hadn't been plowed. Went to a Hampton inn 1/2 mile away and called Tesla. The guy told me to get some sleep and he would see what he could do. I went back to the sc at 8 am and it was clear. Are these guys the best or what! Headed out to Mishawaka with temp at 6 degrees. I'll keep you up to date if there is interest.

Sgt Barone | January 25, 2014

Congrats from Cleveland, OH!

frmercado | January 25, 2014


Pricee2 | January 25, 2014

Well done J&J.

After you have rested, some numbers please. So we can show our ICE friends what the Model S is capable of.

Total miles
Total kWh
Avg Wh/mi
Driving hrs


NKYTA | January 25, 2014


NKYTA | January 25, 2014


Thanks J&J for letting us have a great week even though we were doing the humdrum daily life/work thing during your trip.


Thanks to the enthusiasts in SoCal that showed up to Hawthorne and thanks for taking and posting pics!

I think we need to thank the guys who put up Kingman just in time too! ;-)

Jill, get thee to the airport on time if Elon hasn't personally offered you a job yet. ;-)

Of course thanks go to Elon and the entire Tesla Team, this is just so @&%*!@#$ cool!

John, come on up to the factory in Fremont (not at rush hour) and we'll get a bunch of enthusiasts (I think we can safely drop that term now, and just call them drivers of the best car ever!) to either escort you from Gilroy or meet at the factory.

And once again...

Sudre_ | January 25, 2014

Great run. My wife and I were glued to this thread.


logicalthinker | January 25, 2014

Everybody get home safely. Congrats once again.

tpcello7 | January 25, 2014


Andrew Bissell | January 25, 2014

Also shared @Tam's photo on Twitter. (I am @elejog there)

Will of course remove if you object.

Cindy I II III | January 25, 2014

John & Jill, congratulations and thank you for making history! You guys are awesome. Wish I were there.
Love from New Jersey.

tedkidd | January 25, 2014

So exciting!

J&J have placed a flag in the calendar we can all look back upon as a significant milestone that helped bridge this technology from early adopter/enthusiast to something the early majority can accept and embrace.

Glad "mainstream" media wasn't there, their day has past and the same anchor sinking them that is going to sink big auto and big oil. they simply can't move fast enough and only pander to infotainment interests. This is not their party.

wraithnot | January 25, 2014

Congrats John and Jill! I figured someone would attempt this as soon as the cross-country supercharger network was complete. But I didn't realized anyone would head out BEFORE all the required superchargers were operational. Or brave Minnesota and Wisconsin in January. Nicely Done!

I'd also like to thank all the Tesla owners who showed up at Hawthorne to give them a warm welcome- you were representing all of us who live to far away and/or had other obligations and couldn't be there in person.

2-Star | January 25, 2014

Congratulations and best wishes to John and Jill for their historic leadership! | January 25, 2014

Hey Assaf (nice to see you here):

I am just the messenger, the pics have been kindly taken and shared by @johnanniegibson and @Tam (the group shot) so make sure they the the credit.

O | January 25, 2014

(from @johnanniegibson)

William9 | January 25, 2014

First of all, I echo the congratulations! I sit hear in envy of being able to pull that off.

But I'm afraid I must agree that "official" TM's complete ignoring of the accomplishment seems a bit odd, maybe even arrogant. But then communication skills, as have been noted for many years, are the blind spot in Tesla's personna. A shame. Perhaps they're just jealous that somebody beat to it. Come on TM, man-up.

AtlantaCourier | January 25, 2014

I'm sure they'll redeem themselves in Fremont.

EFusco | January 25, 2014

Congratulations, this is a special day for all Tesla owners and for the future of EVs. You along with Tesla, have shown just what is possible, even under arduous conditions, in an EV. Time for the grim reaper to come for the body of range is dead! | January 25, 2014

I just posted a story on the Tesla FB page:

Let's see if they leave it up - go "like" it :)


Jamon | January 25, 2014

Congrats John and Jill. Job well done!

This is the most excited I have been about the model S since the day I picked mine up from the factory ... exactly one year ago today!

Thanks for taking us along on the journey - and best wishes for your trip back home.

eMileage | January 25, 2014

from Toronto, Canada.

bb0tin | January 25, 2014

Just this week I had to say 'soon you will be able to cross America using only superchargers' to someone I was talking to. Now I don't need the 'soon'. Thanks to John and Jill for taking the plunge. Thanks to Elon and Tesla for making this possible.

BigAirHarper | January 25, 2014

Congrats! Ground breaking stuff. Tesla is revolutionizing things. Thanks for taking the plunge. FB story on Tesla page liked by me Omar. | January 25, 2014

I think this should be the direct link to the FB story if you want to like or share.


mdemetri | January 25, 2014

myfastlady: +infinity. I am thrilled to have followed along. But I am also jealous. I want to do this trip in a bad bad way, but my wife has no interest. I will have to keep working on her, but in the meantime, I have been able to live vicariously through your trip. Many many thanks!!!!!!!

My5bAby | January 25, 2014

Congratulations John, Jill, Elon, Tesla employees Tesla owners, USA and Planet Earth !

jchangyy | January 25, 2014

Perhaps I can follow you foot steps from San Jose area to Boston area when my daughter is older enough to apply to college. (She's only 3 now). Can you imagine what technology Tesla will have by then? | January 25, 2014
johnanniegibson | January 25, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting John and Jill and those who came to see them. The tesla family can rest assured the electric highway travelers were given a warm welcome from their fellow tesla enthusiasts. As the Tesla family dinner concluded John and Jill departed for the airport. The remaining enthusiasts relayed to one another that one day we hope to see each other on the electric highway soon! Thanks to Elon and the entire tesla motors community for making it possible to have memorable experiences like today.

JstACarGuy | January 25, 2014

Congrats J&J on a truly historic, pioneering drive! Can't wait to replicate it!

BobN @US-CA-SoCal | January 25, 2014

Here is the email I sent to my 50-and 60-something brother, my 30-year old daughter, her husband and various family members. This day is so special. I had to share.


So, maybe not in the same category as Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic, probably more akin to the two trains meeting for the Golden Spike celebration to unite the country by rail, but today was a very special day. Someday it may be viewed as important milestone in the decline of the internal combustion engine automobile.

This evening, a 62-yr old father and his 26-yr old daughter completed the first cross-country drive across the USA using only Tesla Superchargers to complete their trip. To remind you, the Supercharger is like a filling station. Instead of taking all day or night to recharge the massive Model S battery, it can do so in about an hour, or 20 minutes for a half-charge. And the recharge is free (actually, you pay for the privelege in the cost of the car, but the charges are free).

The dad, a former biotech entrepreneur and current racehorse owner-breeder-trainer in Lexington, and his 26 year old college graduare daughter in Hoboken, took off just this Monday June 20 from JFK’s Supercharger, and braved one of the worst, most frigid storms (like -22 degrees, snow blowing sideways) as they followed the newly completed chain of Superchargers across New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, 4-corners New Mexico and then today ‘s final 12-hr leg, from Gallup through Holbrook (AZ), Flagstaff, Kingman (AZ), Barstow(CA) and finally Hawthorne (Los Angeles) California. They drove into the Hawthorne Supercharger facility to be greeted and celebrated by a large gaggle of Tesla owners, electric vehicle journalists and other well-wishers. From 9:45am Monday EST to 5:35 pm PST today, stopping to eat and sleep. Wow. The amazing thing is that they took off on Monday, two days before the final link in the chain, Kingman, was open!! And the daughter has to catch a red-eye tonight to make it to work tomorrow!

We all followed their posts as dad and daughter shared driving duties across the country. The electric vehicle Internet Community just lit up. Very special. Sooner than we’d think, this will be so ordinary that no one will even notice. In fact, you could argue that almost no one noticed today. But there is only one “first” and that was today.

Eventually, the Supercharger network will serve most major routes (98% of the population), but Tesla’s immediate objective was to enable cross-country travel. “Range anxiety”? I don’t think so!!

Thought you should know, since the odds are that it won’t be picked up by the Nightly News. . .

romainiacWV | January 25, 2014

What a proud moment for you two, this company and this concept! Historic in everyway. Big congrats from West Virginia! Waiting for a SC in range so I can break out onto the SC highway.

triss1 | January 25, 2014

A nice ending to a great story. Congratulations, John and Jill. Thanks for taking us all along for the ride.

Tâm | January 25, 2014

It's been an extreme pleasure to witness history thanks to John and Jill for a historic First Tesla Supercharger Cross Country Trip.

Also, thanks to Omar for helping to post pictures up so quickly despite of this forum feature limitation.

Here are some more pictures:

Six bays had been occupied. Hey! There was no traffic cone to reserve a charger bay for them. So it looked like John and Jill would have to wait in a cue.

Wow! That was a quick cue. As soon as they arrived, bay #5 was immediately vacated and the crowd naturally gathered around bay #5.

John and Jill were more than happy to entertain the locals by answering questions.

Happy group pictures with Tesla Monolith on the background. There were a few more who were camera shy.

Look! A warm welcome and gift from

Can you recognize all the salt from the Arctic Outbreak in Eastern Winter Blizzard?

Can someone explain the license plate? Does this mean there are only less than 7,700 cars in Kentucky or do we have a pioneer :)

Odometer was at 10,908 miles.

Trips data: NYC->LAX=3,619.1 miles and consumed 1,366.3kWh or 378Wh/mile

More poor quality cell phone pictures are at:

Tâm | January 25, 2014

Sorry for broken links which makes me appreciate how difficulit it is to post pictures around here :)

Wow! That was a quick cue. As soon as they arrived, bay #5 was immediately vacated and the crowd naturally gathered around bay #5.

Trips data: NYC->LAX=3,619.1 miles and consumed 1,366.3kWh or 378Wh/mile

lolachampcar | January 26, 2014

Simply Outstanding.
Well done.

eddiemoy | January 26, 2014

congrats guys, elon retweeted plugshare's congrats:

"Congratulations to John and Jill, first to drive across US using only free @TeslaMotors Superchargers!"
Retweeted by Elon Musk

Elon also tweeted:

"Two teams from Tesla aiming to set a cross-country EV speed record this week. Departing Fri from LA, arriving Sun in NY."

MacDaddyDude | January 26, 2014

Truly outstanding! And thanks to the welcoming committee of enthusiasts/regular folk, we wish could have been there with you.

Now can someone give John a recommendation for a good place to get the salt off of Ivy?!? She needs a wash...


Windsurfer | January 26, 2014

Congratulations--this is a huge step for Tesla in particular and electric cars in general!

lolachampcar | January 26, 2014

Really, Elon tweets about two Tesla teams........
I rarely say this but-

ELON THAT WAS LAME! and if I had a twitter account, I'd tweet it.

Please update the title to reflect the first cross country no compromises at -22 (at times) trip ends in resounding success.

STEVEZ | January 26, 2014

If the TM teams succeed in setting a speed record, that won't take away from John & Jill's accomplishment: they were first; they did it the way any road-trippers would, without advance teams and corporate support/sponsorship; and presumably they set a record of some kind in the process. It's in the books...

drax7 | January 26, 2014

The torch has been passed to a new generation.

lolachampcar | January 26, 2014

Plus Plus to Tesla's trip.
My rub was that yesterday was not about the Tesla Team; it was about FastLady and a Dad with his beautiful daughter.

In all fairness, I'm not on twitter and have no idea if the Elon quote was preceded by some appreciation for the day's events. There is a time and a place for everything and yesterday at Hawthorne was about J&J. | January 26, 2014

@lolachampcar +1

This stuff is part of my day job and they are totally misplaying this. Organic, grassroots events like this are priceless and 1000x times more impactful than planned events.


logicalthinker | January 26, 2014

John & Jill should qualify for a Guinness Book of World Records spot as the first to cross the USA on the Fast and Free Supercharger network.

They were the first humans ever, in the history of mankind, to drive for free across the continent in an electric vehicle.

lolachampcar | January 26, 2014

I'm good with both as both help others understand what is happening. It is much better to see something happen then be told it is real.

Normally Tesla does a very good job putting their customers front and center. I wish they had done it on this golden opportunity.

djm12 | January 26, 2014

Congratulations on your groundbreaking accomplishment!

tes-s | January 26, 2014

Ok, trip is over. One for the history books.

But for the future...surely there is someone here that can help Jill find a job in her major, right?

Brian H | January 26, 2014

From p10, thx for the washington-sf trip link, read and saved.