I have racked up about 20,000 miles between my two (operational) vehicles. Seems like a lot, but it isn’t compared to Hansjorg von Gemmingen, who has racked up 40,000 miles on his Tesla Roadster in just 12 months.
Hansjorg, who is a stock broker, is one of those very wise rich men, who didn’t become wealthy by mistake. Writing over at the Tesla Enthusiasts blog, Hansjorg writes that he drives his cars “until they literally fall apart.” Some of his previous rides include a Beetle with 182,000 miles, a Mercedes with 347,000 miles and another Mercedes with over 560,000 miles. That is an epic amount of driving, and it is small wonder he has put 40,000 miles on his Tesla in just 12 months. That is an average of over 3,300 miles a month, more than 100 miles a day!
Hansjorg usually works from home, but the man loves driving, and so often takes jaunts into the nearby Black Forest Nature Park for some scenic, spirited driving. He has also found that charging isn’t much of a problem, because most European outlets have 220-240 volts of electric, rather than the standard 110-120 us Americans deal with. That means his roadster gets charged up a whole lot faster.
For Hansjorg, there is no limit to where his roadster can go. While the extra-powerful outlets help, it is a pretty convincing story that electric cars really are feasible for everyday driving.
Source: Tesla Enthusiasts Blog
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.