Tesla Roadster covers 100,000 zero-emissions kilometers thanks to German owner

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 19, 2011

After having driven his Roadster in excess of 100,000 km (over 62,000 miles), Hansjorg von Gemmingen is the clear holder of the title of greatest distance covered by any of Tesla Motors’ customers.

The company had recently revealed the identity of the record-holder, the owner of the 83rd Tesla Roadster delivered in Europe. Von Gemmingen was able to cover this distance in less than two years. He says that he charges this car each night with just a standard household outlet.

He said that driving his Roadster is “thrilling” each time he rides it. He said that what impresses him is the “durability and performance of Tesla's technology." He added that the Roadster is able to easily handle long road trips.

He said that it’s simple to drive it regardless of what the destination is as long as there’s somewhere to plug it in. Von Gemmingen shares that he first saw the Roadster in 2009 at the German Manager Magazine.

He liked the Roadster’s 340-km range and instant acceleration in a zero-emissions package, so he immediately ordered one. He was able to get behind the wheel of the vehicle in Geneva, where it made its first official public debut later in 2009.

He said that in cold weather, the Roadster was driven and didn’t get stowed away as it had featured adaptive temperature and traction controls. Tesla bragged further that its global fleet of over 1,600 Roadsters has collectively driving over 17 million real-world electric kilometers. He states that to go electric, drivers don’t need to sacrifice performance, style or range.

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