Tesla electric vehicles attempt world record

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Elon Musk personally greeted the drivers after they crossed the finish line.

Earlier last year, Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk took a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York in the Model S electric car. Now, a pair of Tesla Model S drivers could have possibly set a new world record, taking about 76 hours to cover the same ground. They are just waiting on officials from the Guinness World Records organization to confirm their accomplishments.

Although the drivers only took a little over 3 days to complete their trip, their goal wasn’t speed. Rather, they were attempting to set a world record for “lowest charge time for an electric vehicle traveling across the United States.” The drivers ran into some challenging terrain when they found themselves in a winter storm, but it only delayed them slightly.

Another reason for the trip was to draw attention to the Tesla Motors supercharger network, which allows Tesla owners to juice up their car batteries at various places throughout the nation. Accord to Musk, the supercharger network is about 80% complete, and the company plans to have 98% of the US population covered by 2015.

Images courtesy of Tesla Motors Twitter.