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This Guy Drove A Tesla Model S: 1.2 MILLION Miles - How Was That Possible?

In what I think is a world record, a Tesla Model S owner has driven his car nearly 1.2 million miles. Here's how this incredible feat was achieved.


1.2 Million Miles In a Tesla Model S

A Model S P85, has driven about 200,000 km (about 124,274 miles) each year all across Europe. In one year, the owner has driven what many people do for the lifetime of their vehicle.

Keep in mind that this is a Tesla Model S P85, and it is mentioned that he reached the 1 million km mark back in 2019. That means he bought the car around 2014, about when the Model S was first coming out.

According to Matthew Santoro on, his car is a single motor rear-wheel drive Model S.

Major Repairs of the 2014 Model S

Apparently, the vehicle has had the following major changes and repairs since driving a total of 1.9 million km (close to 1.2 million miles):

  • At least three battery packs replaced
  • Eight electric motors replaced
  • 60 sets of tires

This is how it was possible to go this far - it's a matter of making sure the primary functions are working (motors and batteries) and changing tires when necessary.

The first electric motor lasted 800,000 km (497,000 miles). That's a very impressive feat!

Word on says that he stopped talking about battery replacements after he changed the 2nd battery and moved on to the 3rd.

I put in the 60 sets of tires changed because I am assuming he changed tires around every 20,000 miles. It's possible he had tires last longer than that, but I haven't found anyone who knows that information.

The Owner Of This Model S

The owner of this Model S, Hansjörg von Gemmingen, says he wasn't quite happy with how the Tesla performed and having to replace eight electric motors and is considering a Lucid Air for the future.

The good news for Tesla is that their electric motors and batteries have greatly improved and most likely in Tesla's bought today, the battery and electric motor will outlive the car.

Still, it's impressive the car frame has held up for 1.2 million miles. Wow!

He's Been Documenting His Journey For Years

Apparently, Hansjörg has been documenting his journey for years as he travels all across Europe.

I have reached out to Hansjörg to see if he will accept an interview to talk more about his incredible journey in his 2014 Model S.

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Hi! My name is Jeremy Johnson, and I am a Tesla investor and supporter. I first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, I've become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla I can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies like Aptera. I cover Tesla and EV developments at Torque News. You can follow me on X.COM or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow my Tesla news coverage. Image Credit, Hansorg, Screenshot


David Radzieta (not verified)    November 17, 2023 - 8:44AM

He needs to get a new Leaf Plus with the NMC532 AG million mile battery. He will save a fortune and the Leaf is about 1000x safer vehicle too.