Originally published on Gas2.
By Steve Hanley
This past weekend, Bjørn Nyland of Norway established what has to be a world record for a production electric car. He and a buddy traveled 452.8 miles in his Tesla Model S P85D on a single battery charge. Could they have gone even farther? Yes, his co-driver says. but they didn’t want to press their luck.
“Yeah, we wanted to make it a trip with the same start as end point. Then there will be no trolling about difference in wind and elevation. We could have driven around a bit before going to the supercharger, but it was not worth the risk. We spent the whole weekend, and did not really have time to wait for a flatbed.”
To stretch their mileage as much as possible, they kept the Tesla at 25 mph the whole way. That converts to more than 18 hours behind the wheel, watching the scenery going slowly by. That takes dedication. But dedication to Tesla is something Nyland has lots of. He has his own YouTube channel devoted entirely to his the trips he has made in his Tesla. In the time he has owned it, he has covered a lot of ground.
He is also the fellow who won the Tesla referral contest a few weeks ago. He was the first person in the world to have 10 people buy a new Tesla Model S based upon his recommendation. His prize? A brand new Tesla Model X Founder Edition absolutely free plus an invitation to the official opening of the Gigafactory in Nevada next year.
Asked if the record-setting run (the prior record was set by a father and son team who eked out 423.5 miles) would be certified by Guinness World Records, Nyland’s co-driver answered, “Did not talk with the guys at Guinness, so I think not. They would probably want to track the whole thing with a sealed GPS box or something. We did GPS tracking to confirm the numbers in the Tesla, though. But as this record may soon be taken by a 90D or eventually a 120D or similar, there was not much point to make it too official. It was more to show what is possible with this awesome family car.” A Tesla 120D? Does he know something the rest of us don’t?
The seats in a Model S may be wonderful, but 18 hours in the saddle is more than most people would care to experience. Nyland may be the most enthusiastic Tesla owner in the world, but there are lots of other Tesla owners who are not that far behind him.