Tesla Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk hopes the firms AutoPilot system will reduce the number of highway deaths from auto accidents in the future and the EV maker is continually updating its AutoPilot software to decrease the driver’s risk of meeting with an unfortunate accident while sitting behind the wheel. After all, Tesla makes cars for the living. One business however, wants to use the car to serve the dearly departed.
Tesla EVs aren’t just for the living
Drivers love the EV maker’s popular Model S sedan for its style, comfort and because it’s environmentally friendly. Businesses love the Model S too and some can’t resist making modifications to make the car fit their special requirements. RemetzCar has taken that idea to a new extreme.
The Model S is not the first car to get the stretch limo treatment by RemetzCar, but it is surely the first Tesla, which is intended for use as a hearse, notes a report from Engadget. When the time comes you probably won’t care, but your final car ride could be in a modified Tesla Model S!
RemetzCar ensures last drive is a zero-emissions one
The Netherlands-based builder, which is commissioned by Van der Lans & Busscher BV, can make sure that your last drive is a zero-emissions one. Also, the company claims it is the first fully-electric hearse. The Dutch Limo firm had to remove the battery of the vehicle first, just like the Big Limos project, before stretching the aluminum frame of the Model S by 31.5 inches or 80cm. Electrek reported earlier this year that a Costa Mesa-based Big Limos was making a Model S limousine.
A retractable floor holds the coffin, and has some storage space underneath while the roof and the glass windows complete the look. It looks from the pictures that the wheelbase was stretched significantly, and to build an all-glass rear, where the coffin would be stored for travel, the top half of the Model S was replaced from the B-pillar. The companies – RemetzCar and Van der Lans & Busscher BV – will be showing off their work at the 2016 Funeral Exhibition, noted Electrek.
Both said that the vehicle exists and will be officially revealed and displayed at the Funeral Exhibition 2016 in Gorinchem in the Netherlands for the rest of the week. The director at Van der Lans & Busscher, Jan Busscher said, “it is a real world first. We’ve seen years of fully green and sustainable cars. However, we previously step into completely electric cars but never with a range of at least 350 kilometers.”
Mercedes teased its Tesla rival
Apart from this redesigned Tesla Motors Inc car, a new Tesla rival is also expected to be showcased, but at the Paris Auto Show. The Mercedes vehicle looks similar to an SUV, and as per the company, it will be the model “for a completely new vehicle generation with electric battery-powered drive.”
Mercedes – on its media website – says that its Paris vehicle debut represents a tangible vision for a fully new car generation with electric battery-powered drive. It is believed that the all-electric car would be ready by the end of the decade, and would achieve around 310 miles of range. A video provides some good hints on the design of the vehicle, and almost confirms that it is a high-riding vehicle of some kind.
Mercedes is expected to have four production electric cars ready by 2020, reports MotorTrend. In addition, Volkswagen and Audi are working on electric SUVs as well. These SUVs could compete with Tesla Motors Inc Model X.