NY Man Drives to Florida and Back, Spends $0
Michael Fritts' trip may make him a world record holder
By Derek Andersen, Newser User
Posted May 8, 2014 9:15 AM CDT
Updated May 11, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
Michael Fritts charged his Tesla at Supercharger stations similar to this one in Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

(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.)

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John In Tennessee
May 13, 2014 1:01 PM CDT
I just re-read the story and it says "Tesla Model S owners can charge their cars for free at 91 Supercharger stations in North America " and he used 10 of them (11%) between NY and Fla. So I got curious and Googled it. Here's the links I found: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=213359050108102131982.00048cca5f440e03b1fe4 More reasonable picture (maybe) at http://supercharge.info/ Now there is a plethora of info on this link. Depends on what model you use and what extras you bought which chargers you can use. And the Supercharges (20-minutes, 150 miles) are a small part of the total chargers. Looking at the map, all these chargers are on the East Coast and West Coast. If you live in TN, TX or almost ANY of flyover country I have no idea what you do. There is one outlier in Montana I haven't figured out. But ALL us taxpayers subsidize this nonsense. Most of us aren't within range of a charging station, much less a suprecharger.
John In Tennessee
May 13, 2014 12:11 PM CDT
The story states that the charges were free TO HIM because he owns a Tesla. It doesn't go into the costs of providing that energy. It's part of the price of the Model S. which ain't cheap. The story is about a guy that spent over $100,000 for a car that gives him a way to get from a to b without paying. It's like if Ford priced the Explorer at $100,000 and gave you free gas. Note that the tightwad even slept in the trunk. This sounds like a really GREAT experience: Spend a big wad on an electric car and shift your carbon footprint to Tesla. Spend several nights in a car trunk. Can you imagine the smell? Carry your own food. Now, having made the world's cheapest trip (if you forget the upfront $100,000) apply to Guiness for the record. The title of the Guiness entry is "Man so tight he can't pass banana seeds". By the way, even truck stops charge for showers. Bet this guy was hard to breathe around for weeks if he didn't even pay to wash. I also forgot: He paid for the food before he left because he took it with him.
WLeoB
May 13, 2014 4:51 AM CDT
1. People, get a clue. Instead of the $3.50 - $4.00 a gallon going through a few gears to your drive train you have: a) Tons of fuel, either coal, diesel fuel or natural gas to heat water or to directly turn generators, which are 80% - 90% efficient.. b) The power from the generators loses energy in the step up transformers, loses more energy during transmission (those wires are resistors) and again when the power is stepped down at a "free" charging station. Free, probably because of subsidies, like the ethanol scam that is using corn that makes your food prices soar don't you know. Losses in transmission make the net efficiency around 95-98%. c) The charging of the batteries to "store" the energy is about 90% efficient. d) The electric motors, are only 90%-95% efficient at best. 2. When you multiply all of those above percents to get the overall efficiency, it can't compare with the internal combustion engine driving your car. For example, if you only have 4 steps, each at 90% efficiency, it goes like this: .9 x .9 x .9 x .9 = 66%. We won't talk about the pollution of large generating plants and the maintenance and costs from the plant to the "free" charging stations. You see, your government wants you to be dependent on them. They abhor the thought of you being independent and self reliant. 3. Our culture may always be looking for a free lunch, but we're already paying in spades with this depression nobody is talking about due to people voting for more socialism twice. Peace