NY Man Drives to Florida and Back, Spends $0

Michael Fritts' trip may make him a world record holder

By Derek Andersen,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2014 9:15 AM CDT | Updated May 11, 2014 3:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former truck driver may have set a new record for driving his electric car from New York City to Miami and back: 58 hours and 15 minutes—and he did it all without spending a penny. Michael Fritts, who charged his Tesla Model S for free along the way, wanted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his successful heart surgery “by doing something special and fun and I also wanted to celebrate this wonderful vehicle," he tells WKTV. The experience left him feeling "a little like Batman," adds the New York man, who returned from his journey Tuesday.

Fritts' journey totaled 2,600 miles along the Eastern seaboard; he slept in his trunk as the car charged, according to TimeWarnerCable News. He took food, but didn't need money because Tesla Model S owners can charge their cars for free at 91 Supercharger stations in North America (plus 19 stations in Europe and Asia), according to the carmaker. A 20-minute charge provides enough energy to go 150 miles, Fritts says, and a computer monitor inside the car helps the driver find the stations—he stopped at 10 each way during his trip. He's applying to the Guinness Book of World Records for recognition. (In the annals of wild road trips: This man claims the fastest NY-to-LA drive ever.)

Michael Fritts charged his Tesla at Supercharger stations similar to this one in Wyoming.
Michael Fritts charged his Tesla at Supercharger stations similar to this one in Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
Michael Fritts drove his Tesla Model S from NY to Florida and back in less than three days, and didn't spend a cent.
Michael Fritts drove his Tesla Model S from NY to Florida and back in less than three days, and didn't spend a cent.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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