A German driver from Karlsruhe has already driven almost 2 million kilometers in his Tesla Model S. He wants to prove that e-mobility is suitable for everyday use.
Hansjörg von Gemmingen drives an electric car of environmental beliefs. The 60-year-old German is often behind the wheel. His Tesla Model S, produced in 2013, has already covered more than 1.9 million kilometers. He bought the second-hand car with several tens of thousands of kilometers traveled.
On average, a German travels about 600 kilometers a day. Often on the highway, but rarely at more than 120 km/h. He does not drive because of his work, because the former farmer has enough money to never have to work again. "I don't really do anything but drive. This is my hobby," the German said, quoted by 24 hours.
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The first battery of the Model S lasted 402,000 kilometers, the second 670,000 and the third 505,000. Now his Tesla has covered 150,000 kilometers with its fourth battery. Only 8 percent of the original range of this battery has been worn out so far, so it's likely to last a long time to come.
It turns out that the weak point of the Model S is not batteries, but electric motors. Von Gemmingen has replaced 13 electric motors so far. Although Tesla replaced all faulty engines for free, the German complained that the company never revealed what problems they had and still have the engines of this model.
A new set of tyres are fitted every 50,000 kilometres. He doesn't know how much the adventure has cost him so far. The German receives free electricity through the so-called Supercharger stations of the American manufacturer, as one of the first customers of the brand.
Von Gemmingen's next goal was to break the record for the longest single-car run of all time. For now, it is held by the now deceased American Irv Gordon. He covered a total of 5.2 million kilometres in his Volvo P1800.
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