Recargo aims at world record for longest car trip using electricity

Tesla Model S EV was used in an attempt to set a world record for the longest distance driven using electricity alone on a tip across the US.

Published Tue, Apr 22 2014 10:28 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

A company called Recargo has tried to set a Guinness World Record for the longest journey ever made in a vehicle using electricity alone. For the record attempt, the company put a driver behind the wheel of a stock Tesla Model S electric vehicle. The trip lasted 24-days and covered 12,183 miles.

Recargo aims at world record for longest car trip using electricity |

Verification and award of the world record are not complete at this time. The trip is over and during the drive across the country, the vehicle travelled through the four corners of the lower 48 states. The trip drove through Washington, Maine, Florida, and California along with a bunch of other states in between.

During the drive, the Model S took advantage of the Tesla Supercharger stations to keep the car powered up. The car also used the Plugshare software running on the Model S' 17-inch screen. That app shows the location of public charging stations.

The drive totaled over 213 hours of driving time and over 109 hours of charge time. Charge time is one of the big issues with an electric car, it's interesting to see that charging time totaled over half the time spent driving on the trip.

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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