On July 1st at 11:30 PM PST, Jordan Hart and Bradly D’Souza left the Hotel Portofino in Redondo Beach, CA in Bradly’s 2015 Midnight Silver Tesla Model S 85D and proceeded east to arrive the following Tuesday morning at 6:17 AM, July 4th at the Red Ball Garage on E 31st St, New York, NY and set a new record for the fastest transcontinental drive in an electric vehicle by arriving in 51 Hours and 47 Minutes, besting the previous record held by Alex Roy and friends of 55 Hours. Jordan and Bradly accomplished this feat with a less efficient Tesla Model S than the previous record holders who used a newer model with improved aerodynamics, a larger battery (90kwh) and an additional driver when they set their record in 2016.
Notarized witnesses signed official arrival and departure documents at both locations. Date and time stamped time-lapse video footage was taken of the entire run, as well as time stamped photos at both locations. A GPS tracking app Geo Tracker was used the entire run to verify start/end points and route taken, along with Tweets shared in real time at each charging stop that show specific satellite based coordinates through an app called What3Words. A photo was also taken at each stop and posted to Instagram to further verify that the vehicle was present and can be cross referenced with the other data points. Furthermore, HD video was taken at the start point and at the finish line documenting the car and the date and time displayed on the digital dash.
It should be noted that this is also the first time an electric car has surpassed the famous 1933 “Cannonball” transcontinental record set by Erwin G. Baker in a Graham-Paige model 57 Blue Streak 8, setting a 53.5 hour record that stood for nearly 40 years. This drive inspired the later Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, better known as the “Cannonball Run”.