This Tesla Model S Has Racked up 1.2 Million Kilometres

Electric cars are the future, but as they now work to gain mainstream popularity it seems like people only care about their numbers—range, charging times, price and incentives.

Here’s one figure that should not fail to impress: 1,200,000. That’s the number of kilometres logged by a Tesla Model S in Germany, equal to going around the circumference of the Earth 30 times. Yeah.

More specifically, we’re talking about a single-motor 2014 Model S P85 purchased by a man named Hansjörg von Gemmingen. If you do the math, he’s been averaging nearly 600 kilometres a day for the past six years.

Photo: Hansjörg von Gemmingen

The remarkable feat earned von Gemmingen praise from none other than Tesla CEO Elon Musk:

Of course, one can only go so far with proper maintenance. The owner had to replace the battery after about 469,000 kilometres. Three electric motor replacements were also required.

Remember, this is a 2014 model. In recent years, Tesla has made significant progress when it comes to reliability and durability (though initial quality is a different story). The California-based automaker plans to introduce a new low-cost, long-life battery in its Model 3 sedan in China later this year or early in 2021. It’s expected to bring the cost of EVs down to the same level as comparable gasoline-powered models.

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