20.000 Miles Tesla Road Trip!

20.000 Miles Tesla Road Trip!

Hello, Tesla community!

We are planing a 20.000 miles road trip from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), using a Tesla, starting June 2020. A journey across the Americas in an electric car to raise awareness of climate change, accelerating the transition to a sustainable future.

It would be really helpful to know your experience and advice with long road trips, most of it without superchargers. We are particularly worried about charging the battery, repeatedly, to 100%.

Please check our deck, and we will appreciate your feedback!

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Thank you!
Martin Canabal

jordanrichard | 26 januari 2020

Worried about charging to 100% repeatedly.......? Then don’t.

AHavrilla | 26 januari 2020

I clicked the twitter link on your webpage and it says "This account doesn't exist."

AHavrilla | 26 januari 2020

I clicked the twitter link on your webpage and it says "This account doesn't exist."

Earl and Nagin ... | 26 januari 2020

I concur with @jordanrichard: don't charge to 100%. However, if you're going to leave as soon as it hits 100%, that isn't too bad for the battery so, for long legs between charging opportunities, it is probably fine. Personally, I think that battery life is the least of your concerns. Destroying your car in an accident or on rough roads or getting it stolen would be my biggest concerns.
I did a few US trips before Superchargers but not this far off the beaten path.
Other tips:
- Be patient. You'll probably have to charge on 110v a lot of the time. That could put you in a location for more than a day at a time. Set up camp. Go for a walk (more on this later)
- Get to know the town's you stop in since you'll have a lot of time in them. This could contribute to your mission as well.
- Drive slowly if you're only able to charge slowly so you'll spend less time charging and more driving.
- Your optimal driving speed is about your charging speed when you're charging on 240v but no less than ~30 mph.
- During your slow charging stops: Walk, Don't eat. Early EV roadtrippers complained of gaining weight because they would eat while charging.
- Bring a couple of spare tires since they won't be readily available enroute.
- Be flexible on what you eat. There aren't many vegan bistros away from the big cities.
- You'll be driving in some very remote and poor places. If you haven't spent time in the 3rd world or in rural areas, I, highly recommend you reconsider your plans. Sometimes those places can be tough and conventional help may be scarce.
A few others who have done similar things in the past that you might look into:
Michael Craner - Renew America Roadtrip ( in 2010
Rafael de Mestre - did an around-the-world-in 80 days in a Tesla Roadster ( in 2012

sbeggs | 26 januari 2020

Really exciting plan, good luck and a trailing wind.

My great grandmother from Circ married a Havrilla!

martin | 26 januari 2020

Thank you all for your posts! In particular, Earl and Nagin for taking the time to write such an extensive reply!

We fixed the twitter link:

We will charge in super-charges when they are available, and use home chargers when they are not (110v and 240v). We will sleep in hotels and Airbnb.

Finding how to charge is definitely part of the challenge! Most of the time we won’t have the option to fast-charge. On average, we will travel for 5 hours/200/250 miles, and charge in 48/72 hours.

We will use the time charging to do several things: know the community, give talks in schools regarding climate change, sports. We have some "goals" we want to achieve, you can check them in our website.

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Thank you!

mbirnie51 | 26 januari 2020

Sounds like a great trip!!

First, what model of Tesla will you be driving. A 5 seat MX will allow you to camp inside the vehicle (get a large piece of memory foam to cover the back area for great sleeping accommodations) and you can stay at RV parks overnight, giving you level 2 recharging (240 volt X 50 amps) that recharge at 30 miles range per hour of charging. 8 to 10 hours rest/eating/sight seeing. This mixed with Supercharging will greatly reduce your "down time". Pack camping gear that you can cook with, shop locally and reduce your carbon foot print. Get the bike rack mount so you have them for pleasure/emergency needs. Take all the adapters for your portable charger (maybe get a second portable charger just in case). As mentioned before, drive in a way to keep your watt-hours/mile between 270 and 300, range is dramatically increased. That may mean going up a steep incline at 30 mph (consuming 300 wh/m) instead of 50 mph (consuming 550+ wh/m)

Go to your local tire auto supply house and get 1) a tire plugging kit and 2) a 12vdc air compressor to inflate tires. Pack some tools to carry like pliers, multi-head screw driver, electrical tape, duct tape, flashlights. Take a fishing rod to catch some dinner.

Good luck...

rob | 26 januari 2020


I called it first.

Earl and Nagin ... | 26 januari 2020

Add a voltage tester to the list of tools. is a possible candidate. It can be useful for troubleshooting dodgy outlets.

sbeggs | 27 januari 2020

And that's a flag

martin | 27 januari 2020

mbirnie51, the plan is to use an LR Model X, and we totally agree with your post! There are some parts of the road that RV parks are our only option - and they have 240v, so good news.

We will have to bring many things: Two chargers, adapters, tester (great idea Earl and Nagin!), plug extension, tire plug-in kit, tire replacement, tools... we definitely need a model X! We will also add a tow hitch cargo.

Thank you!

Earl and Nagin ... | 29 januari 2020

Don't forget:
- at least 2 50 ft extension cords with as large a gauge as you can find.
- Water purification tablets and filter (Montezuma is still seeking his revenge). A traveller's diarhea kit (Cipro and Imodium) from your doctor is always helpful in places with uncertain water and hygiene.
- An Inreach satellite messenger with emergency plan might be good as cell coverage and 911 could be spotty.
- A locking wheel clamp ( might deter theft (my friends who tried this kind of trip got their SUV stolen on their 1st attempt of 3)

Contrary to @mbirnie51's 1st world advice: I'd try to avoid carrying anything outside the vehicle that would cause wind drag (such as bikes) and draw additional theft attention. I'd go as light as you reasonably can. It could be a long time between charging opportunities and you want to be as efficient as possible with minimal drag and weight.
I also recommend you carry some food for emergency use although eating locally can be fun but don't eat anything uncooked unless you've personally washed it in purified water.

geo.teepe | 29 januari 2020

I have taken my Model S 75 D to the Arctic Ocean (Tuktoyaktuk) in June 2019.
!400 Kilometers on dirt roads. My advice is to go slow on stretches without much traffic.You can extend your range dramatically.Going slow on rough roads will also minimize flat tires.
I found welding shops extremely helpful for charging spots.Take the right adapters.
I wish you luck, plan well and you will make it | 29 januari 2020

I like the bike idea, but if your budget allows, go for a folding bike that you can load inside. Some fold up to be very small, yet work well for a ride when needed. The downside is good folding bikes are not cheap.

martin | 30 januari 2020

The feedback and ideas you all gave me are fantastic, thank you!

Earl and Nagin again, #1 with super useful ideas!

geo.teepe, my initial plan was to get to Tuktoyaktuk but bailed out because of the range. Can you send me more details about this trip to Welding shops, of course!! I would love to bring a bike, but I don't think we will have space even for a foldable one. I'm bringing my paragliders, kitesurf gear, spare tire, tools, extension cord, adapters (and I think Earl and Nagin is not over with his awesome ideas!) .. and a lot of baby stuff (yes, my wife and our baby are joining us for most part of the trip).

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