Tesla Motors Inc knows it’s made a great car with the Model S, but even Elon Musk can be surprised at the quality of the world’s best EV. One ardent Model S fan managed to take the car more than 450 miles on a single charge, a new record and a great headline as Tesla Motors heads toward the launch of its next EV the Model X.
Bjorn Nyland, Norway’s most famous Model S driver uploaded a YouTube video on his feat. He pushed the Tesla Motors car to its limits, keeping his speed low in order to make sure that efficiency stayed at its highest. Mr. Nyland drove a Model S P85D and kept his average speed at 24.2mph.
Tesla Motors Model S gets 450 miles
Here’s the video:
For his trouble Elon Musk retweeted Mr. Nyland’s video early on this morning.
The drive time for the 450 miles that Mr. Nyland covered was more than 18 hours and, despite the energy he saved by maxing the efficiency of the car, his driving style isn’t likely to suit many people.
Nyland reported, in the comments on the YouTube video, that nobody on the road was all that annoyed by his low speed. He didn’t hear any horns honking, and nobody gave him the finger in his 18 hour trek.
His total energy usage came down to 108 Wh/km, and he used a total of 77.5kWh in his entire journey. Even Tesla Motors isn’t going to advertise that as a possibility on its site, despite how loose it can get with its marketing when it suits.
Getting a free Model X
The Model S drive wasn’t the only major Tesla Motors feat that Mr. Nyland completed in recent weeks. He was also the first winner of the firm’s referral program, and he’ll get a free Model X just as soon as the 10 people he signed up to buy the Model S get take the shipment of their EV.
Nyland is one of the most important ambassadors for the Model S in the world. His videos impart info on the car and show what a joy it can be to drive every single day. When he finally gets his hands on the Model X, we’re sure to see more footage of him pushing the EV SUV to its limits, just as he has done with the Model S.
When that will be, however, nobody really knows. Elon Musk promised that a “handful” of units of the Model X will get to buyers before the end of the third quarter. We should see the online design studio for the Model X open up in the coming weeks, but Mr. Musk promised an online launch date in late July previously.
Mr. Nyland, like the rest of those waiting on the shipment of the Model X, is likely getting a little bit anxious to see the next big release from Tesla Motors . Like many of the firm’s fans, however, he’ll put up with the wait if it means getting a great SUV at the end of it.