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3 Minnesotans Make Electric Car Road Trip to Calif.

Updated: 02/03/2014 9:56 PM
Created: 02/03/2014 10:21 AM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson

You have a plan for any road trip: what to pack, how to budget, and for three Minnesotans, where to charge your car.

There's no engine in their Tesla Model S. Just one quiet, hidden motor and a lot of battery power.

"If you own a Tesla, you can drive coast to coast now, as of a week ago, without buying any gas or stopping at a gas station," said Tesla owner Lee Bakewell.

Bakewell, along with two fellow electric car enthusiasts, have their fuel-less route to California all mapped out.

"The super charging network is an electric highway now from coast to coast," said passenger Jukka Kukkonen.

This is the first time a cross country trip in an electric car has ever really been possible with a band of Tesla supercharger stations finally completed, crossing the entire U.S.

The best part: they're all free to use.

"Just make sure that you're charging every station and you'll be fine," said Kukkonen.

The first stop: the Albert Lea charging station. Then on to Worthington, always making sure to hit a supercharger within at least every 200 miles because that's as far as the brand new Model S will go without a little help.

"Just proving the point that electrical cars can be just as useful as a normal car," said passenger Pavel Zhuravlev. "It's just going to be the future of automotive."

You can charge an electric car at any old outlet, but you'd only get about two miles of charge per hour. That's why the supercharger stations have made such a big difference for electric cars.

Tesla's electric cars can range between $70,000 and $100,000.


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