Tesla fanatics drive a record 560 miles on a single charge and say 'it was just like sitting in hell' (TSLA)
Using a method called hypermiling, two men were able to drive a Tesla Model S P100D for a record 560 miles on a single charge.
Hypermiling is when drivers employ certain techniques to improve a car's efficiency. Peeters and Cools, for example, shut off the air conditioning to conserve energy, but the two aren't divulging their other hypermiling hacks.
The two Tesla drivers broke the record on a 26 kilometer (16 mile) loop in Belgium.
"Although it might be more beneficial to keep driving straight and preferable with a tail wind, our approach had the advantage that we could learn from each round," Peeters wrote in the blog.
Peeters and Cools took turns driving for 23 hours and 45 minutes — not an easy task in the summer without AC. There were points where the internal temperature of the car reached 35 degrees Celcius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).
"It was just like sitting in hell and the sun was really burning," Peeters wrote in the blog. "We let a sigh of relief every time we turned back around and had the sun behind us, were the tinted windows provided some protection."
Peeters questioned in his blog whether a Model S 100D would be able to drive farther than the P100D because the rear motor is slightly more efficient and weighs less.
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