1200 miles West Coast Electric Car Miles

Trip Type:
1200 miles / 1920 km
Trip Date:
Starting Place:
Sacramento, California
Portland, Oregon

Here is a trip report from Sacramento to Portland in Tesla Model S 2013.


But the Model S remains a superb “road car,” stable in both winds and rain. One amazing discovery during our trip was how unnecessary the rear-window wiper on the Model S actually is. The aerodynamics of air cause air to flow over the car at speed enough to completely sweep water off that back window.

We had heavy rains AND winds all the way from Portland back to Sacramento, but the view out the Tesla’s back window was better than in our Nissan Leaf–which has a rear window wiper!

Over our trip of a bit more than 1,200 miles in four days, we didn’t spend a dime on electricity. And for that: Thanks, Tesla!

George Parrot

Our Take

A good trip report with a nice description of Tesla charging network. Definitely worth a read.

Checkout the trip report + route map + ‘Better Route Planner’ map below.

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