To squeeze as much distance as possible out of the Roadster’s lithium-ion battery, the drivers traveled at a consistent speed of 34 mph for a large portion of their journey, which took 12 hours. Prior to the drive, a security seal was applied to the vehicle’s charge port door. The drivers took the vehicle from Alice Springs, Northern Territory to Coober Pedy, South Australia. Upon reaching its destination, the vehicle reportedly had three miles to spare in its battery. The drive was part of an alternative fuel rally called the Global Green Challenge.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.