The record was firmly in sight after a series of precedents and has now been achieved: the German Tesla driver, who has been driving a Model S fairly continuously since 2014, has now covered over 1,609,344 kilometers in it. As usual, Hansjörg von Gemmingen-Hornberg announced it on Friday via a new profile picture on Twitter: obviously it doesn’t show the value of the distorted kilometer, but the 1,000,000 miles it corresponds to. This is a world record for electric cars and should also enter the Guinness Book. However, von Gemmingen-Hornberg has to drive another 20,000 miles because Tesla doesn’t support him, as he says. And otherwise, the relationship between the two sides has cooled.
Tesla’s frequent driver is key
The German frequent driver had already exceeded one million kilometers in November 2019 and was celebrated on Twitter with 5,000 likes. A congratulatory response even came from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, but only nearly a year later when Gemmingen-Hornberg was nearly 200,000 kilometers ahead. At the beginning of this year, the 1.5 million kilometers were full and the million miles were already within reach.
When von Gemmingen-Hornberg now reported that he had been overtaken, he was also unusually displeased with his trusty Model S. He already had the eighth engine in his Tesla, the rest was “junk”, he replied to a club that asked why why there there is no video for the latest milestone. In addition, the battery was replaced three times, as with the unit as part of the eight-year warranty. By the end of last year, von Gemmingen-Hornberg had spent € 26,000 out of his own pocket to repair his long-distance Tesla, teslamag.de informed. According to him, this sum has now risen to around 39,000 euros.
No videos like 1,000,000 kilometers?
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Additionally, the first Tesla customer (in addition to the Model S, has a Roadster) showed interest in the new electric car competition just before the latest record message. Von Gemmingen-Hornberg wrote last week that he could soon go miles with the “Lucid Top Model”. That should mean Lucid’s Air model, which has already been delivered to the US and is also expected to start in Germany this year. And even after the million miles, Tesla’s longtime pilot publicly flirted with it by asking on Twitter if the Lucid Air would be recommended.
New records with the new Lucid electric car?
When asked by teslamag.de, von Gemmingen-Hornberg confirmed that the contact with Tesla had fallen asleep. The company had asked him for “weather reports”, but he was not available to them. As a result, the million miles on his he Model S still doesn’t count as a Guinness Book of Records because he has tackled it with 20,000 miles, he explained. Since Tesla is no longer interested in a joint record, he still has to travel this distance before entry.
He also wants to do it, wrote the former model customer, but not as kindly as before – and for further registration he might actually switch to a Lucid. This trend could also be related to the fact that, according to him, the eight-year driving guarantee expires in August: according to him, any further engine replacement would therefore probably cost him 5,000 euros, and the battery may not even make it official anymore. A Twitter video showing his Model S’s current mileage in miles and less in kilometers was still enough from Gemmingen-Hornberg.