Being at the mercy of the constant fluctuating gas prices, Americans can only do what they can with what they have. This leaves consumers debating whether to put in just enough gas to get their destination and back or always keep the tank half full. Maybe each has a point based on lifestyle, but one thing is for sure; many consumers fantasize about driving a car that runs without gasoline. The average American spent $2,912 in 2013 on gas, according to CNN, which is the highest in four years. Tesla Motors is hitting the road traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast, through storms and freezing temperatures, to possibly answer the call of many consumers in their gasoline and economic issues.
After the New York Times reported the Tesla stalling on the road in the northeast’s cold temperatures in the Model S sedan, Tesla Motors set out to prove that this car is what America needs. PCmag reported Tesla Motor employees took a three-day road trip from Los Angeles, California, to New York, New York, in the Model S, and did so paying absolutely nothing in gas. The route was designed with quick-charge stations strategically placed along the way through Colorado, South Dakota, Chicago, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Tesla demonstrated to consumers that the Tesla can perform through winding mountain roads and challenging winter temperatures by taking this cross-country road trip.
John Glenney of Kentucky was the first driver to successfully complete the road trip from the East Coast to the West Coast in January of 2014. He made the trip in five days using free Supercharger stations for fuel. Glenney, a retired biochemistry professor, reported to the San Jose Mercury News that there are 71 Supercharger stations and he only had to use 28 to make it cross-country. He went on to say, “I feel like I’ve made my own contribution to the movement of getting off fossil fuels.” Tesla Motors set out on another road trip, enduring cold front storms, to show that action speaks louder than words.
It is understandable that many consumers will question a vehicle that runs on electricity. This is foreign to most; almost unbelievable. Electricity is powered by several different sources: nuclear, natural gas, hydroelectric, coal and oil. The only source gas draws from is oil. Generating the energy to become more efficient is through wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass. Tesla Motors reports the Supercharger stations are placed around the country and take about 30 minutes to charge the Tesla Model S.
The question most drivers want answered during a down economy is how much will this save the average household?Tesla Motors reports that the Model S will save drivers thousands of dollars over the life of their car. Tesla compares national average per gallon at $3.82 to $.11 per kilowatt hour. Some might say having to stop at a Supercharge station for 30 minutes is inconvenient while others would argue $.11 compared to $3.82 is worth having lunch or taking a quick power nap for 30 minutes while the car gets energized. Tesla Motors may have answered the call to many Americans who are making life decisions at the gas pump, such as whether to buy groceries or fill the tank. Saving money each week on gasoline prices could make the difference in whether a family fills the refrigerator, which means electric cars might be worth it.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner