At least one fast delivery! Alex Roy breaks another record driving Tesla Model 3 from Los Angeles to New York in just 50 hours as the company falls behind AGAIN on production promises
- Alex Roy of The Drive, just broke the record for a cross-country drive in an electric car in one of the first Tesla Model 3 costumer cars released
- Roy drove for Los Angeles to New York City with the car’s owner, Daniel Zorrilla
- When it was all said and done, they made it to the Red Ball garage in New York City in 50 hours, 16 minutes and 32 seconds of driving time
- Their total charging cost was $100.95 over the 2,860-mile journey
- Tesla has experienced significant delays in getting promised Model 3s to customers, which it had hoped to be producing at a much higher volume by now
- Only 1,550 Model 3s made it into the hands of owners in the last quarter of 2017
Tesla has experienced significant delays in getting promised Model 3s to anxious customers, which it had hoped to be producing at a much higher volume by now, so this Cannonball Run was sort of an exclusive event for Roy and Zorrillo.
But the company, helmed by CEO Elon Musk, said Wednesday that it’s ‘focus[ing] on quality and efficiency rather than simply pushing for the highest possible volume in the shortest period of time,’ according to its latest Vehicle Production and Deliveries report.
Musk’s initial hope was to be putting out 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of 2017, and he later bumped that product target date to March 2018.
Now, the new goal is to produce 2,500 Models 3s each week by March and to hit the 5,000 per week stride by the end of June.
Only 1,550 Model 3s made it into the hands of owners like Zorrillo in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Roy and Zorrilla started their journey from the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach with the goal of testing the range and reliabilty of the Tesla Model 3.
When it was all said and done, they made it to the Red Ball garage in New York City, which is near the Empire State Building, in 50 hours, 16 minutes and 32 seconds.
That bested Roy’s record from 2016, over the exact same drive in a 2016 Tesla Model S 90D, which took him exactly 55 hours.