A group of fearless Tesla owners is in an ongoing race to see which of them can visit the most Tesla supercharging stations. There is no deadline for the competition and no big prizes in the end. Still, many of this group have visited more than 1,000 stations in North America.
The top players have actually gone to more than 1,500 supercharging stations and the number is not likely to increase anytime soon. “You only won temporarily,” Dr. Andy Hall told the Wall Street Journal. “When you stop, you lose.” And yet, players are getting out of their way to compete.
Dr. Hall, for example, wanted to attend his daughter’s introductory ceremony in Washington, D.C. To do this he left his home in Big Horn, Wyoming, and spent about 15 days covering more than 10,000 miles in the process. He has visited more than 80 stations along the way. According to the WSJ, he has visited 1,504 stations in the United States and Canada.
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One rival from Seattle has actually been more – 1,620 of them are correct. But only 1,493 of them were in North America, so there is some controversy about who holds the crown right now. Whatever you shake it though, it’s a bit of a wild pursuit.
Not only is Tesla working almost continuously to open more supercharging stations, but think about all the time and energy that has gone into this competition. Some of the same kind of energy that Tesla’s proponents of righteousness have probably seen less wasted.
Don’t get us wrong. There are some compelling reasons to take this ‘all at’ game. For one thing, it’s a great way for Tesla trustees to show how wide and wide the network is. And if you have the freedom and cash to participate, this is an interesting side quest when traveling.
To some, this may seem like a good way to show how resilient cars actually are. But of course, as soon as a participant starts changing cars for this search, that argument falls by the wayside. It’s not that everyone at the top of the leaderboard is trying to overtake Hansjর্গrg von Jemmingen, who drove a single Tesla Model S about 1,000,000 miles.
At the end of the day, these individuals have the resources to spend on this little Jeju initiative in terms of time and capital. This is no different from those who spend countless hours playing video games as they try to collect every car or every available Pokemon available in Gran Turismo – instead of just virtual cars or fantasy creatures, they are trying to “capture” Tesla charging stations.