Various car shows are hosted all over the world to showcase the ingenious designs and engineering techniques of different car manufacturers. It is in events like these that we are exposed to the old and the new, and maybe even some strange ones. However, it looks like there will be a change of venue this year, as one special vehicle has been unveiled at an unexpected venue.
Displayed at this year’s Funeral Exhibition in Gorinchem, Netherlands is a one-off Tesla-based hearse. Well, it wouldn’t be that odd to showcase a hearse at a funeral exhibition but showcasing a Tesla hearse is equally intriguing and exciting.
This Tesla Model S hearse was built by Dutch coachbuilder RemetzCar for a local funeral transport company called Van der Lans & Busscher BV. The only bodybuilder in the Netherlands, RemetzCar has been well-known for specializing in stretching luxury sedans, Range Rovers and creating special purpose vehicles. Van der Lans & Busscher BV, one of their loyal customers, on the other hand has a large fleet of Cadillacs, Lincolns, Mercedes-Benz, classic British Daimlers and Austins, and a couple of “specials” and a Fiat-500-based hearse specially made by RemetzCar. Tried and tested by Van der Lans & Busscher BV, RemetzCar was commissioned once again to build the first Tesla-based hearse.
Creating the hearse was a long and tedious task. It includes removing the battery pack and chopping the original Tesla Model S chassis into half. Then, the car was given a 31.5-inch stretch to accommodate space for the coffin. The rear section starting from the B pillar has been installed with a glass-sided, high-roof and a manual retractable floor to house one coffin. Due to these changes, the car now measures at 227 inches from stem to stern.
In general, the Tesla hearse is one for the upper class. The interior in the back section is aptly sophisticated. RemetzCar maintained the contours found in a standard Model S. From the sides up to the rear fascia, the original design has been carried over making it look like it came straight from Tesla’s production centers.
The autopilot feature on a car such as this Tesla hearse has been deemed appropriate, thus RemetzCar and Tesla are reportedly in talks to make this the first hearse run on autopilot. Moreover, RemetzCar also wanted to improve the hearse’s maneuverability and is working to make it drive slower to match the somber pace of a funeral procession.
Although this is not the first time that a Tesla Model S has been stretched (Big Limo revealed early this year that it is working on a stretched Model S limo), it is considered as the world’s first Tesla-based hearse. After its stint at the Funeral Exhibition, the Tesla hearse will be made available for anyone who wishes to have an environment-friendly funeral. That, plus the honor of being brought to the final resting place in a fancy hearse, makes this particular hearse even more popular not only for the dead but also the living.