12 Tesla drivers successfully recreate storied NYT trip, give birth to term "Brodering"
"We'll spoil the story now: all the drivers made it. From a report by Xander over at Strassenversion, a small number of Model S owners (something like six, but at times there were over a dozen vehicles together) spent Saturday and Sunday recreating the east coast drive that Broder attempted and failed. In his honor, as it were, they came up with the term Brodering – "running out of power due to human error, or generally dropping the ball when dealing with electric cars" – along the way.
Still, despite the drivers being well in tune with their EVs, the drive wasn't 100-percent easy. One Model S plugged into a Supercharger just stopped charging and wouldn't fill up past 180 miles of range (the target at that point was 270). Strassenversion reports that two special firmware updates (delaying the driver by an hour) were required to set things right.
Late last night, the official Tesla Road Trip group tweeted, "The trip was a success and everyone has diverted to their homes" (see the official twitter feed here). Thom Landon tweeted, "This is an amazing show of solidarity. Hopefully an antidote to the crummy he said/she said coverage of NYT." Two short videos of the trip are available below. We expect more to surface soon."