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EV Cannonball Run Record Destroyed by Rented Tesla Model S

The improved network of chargers made it possible for a Tesla Model S to set a new Cannonball record


  • Two guys crossed the country in 42 hours and 17 minutes.

  • This bested the previous by over two hours.

  • The Model S was a Turo rental.


The best part about this record run is that the 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range belonged to someone who loaned it to the drivers via Turo. Said drivers advised the owner that they intended to drive the Model S at least 7,000 miles in a very short period of time. The owner agreed and a new Cannonball record was set.

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The route was planned, obviously, but the challenge was slightly more complex given the need to recharge as opposed to simply fueling up. Ryan Levenson, one of the participants, had a tough time early on during the run while leaving Manhattan during the night on October 22nd, 2021 in their rented Model S.

Levenson actually attempted the run back in 2017 but could not talk about it as he worked for Tesla at the time.

“Basically, I’m doing it now because I didn’t get to talk about it then,” Levenson said in an interview as reported by Road & Track. “Now I have this brand that I want to bring attention to and, at the end of the day, I want to get people who aren’t already excited about EVs excited about EVs.”

The growing number of chargers made this run possible and enabled the drivers to maximize the Model S Long Range’s 405 miles of range. Thanks to it, they set a 42 hours and 17 minutes to reach Los Angeles, besting the previous record of 44 hours and 26 minutes completed in a Porsche Taycan.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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