Two Teslas Stolen In Europe Without A Trace Despite Car’s GPS-Tracking System

Two Tesla Model S P90Ds have been stolen in Europe recently and despite the vehicle’s always-on GPS tracking software, the pair have disappeared without a trace.

On June 11, a Model S was stolen in Dusseldorf, Germany with the thief managing to take off with the electric sedan despite not having a key. Then on August 2, another was stolen, this time in Essen and again without a key, leading to speculation that the thieves may have hacked into the cars.

Electrek says there is a possibility the thieves could have hacked into the Tesla accounts of the owners. From there, they could have unlocked and driven the vehicles through the available smartphone application.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be much of an issue because the GPS system of the Model S makes it incredibly easy to track as it is always displaying the vehicle’s location. Strangely however, no GPS signals have been found from either, leading some to believe that the GPS systems may have been jammed or the sim card removed.

If these theories are correct, other Tesla models could be vulnerable to the same theft attempts.


  • Toronado_II

    It was a matter of time…

  • TheHake

    Nothing is Eastern European proof!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Or North Africa.

  • Kash

    You mean someone found a way around a widely advertised feature built into a car that they were also able to hack into, unlock, and start? What’s next? Someone taking remote control of an Jeep Cherokee?

    Seriously those built in tracking systems are jokes because thieves know about them, thus they can prepare for them. That’s why you get something like LoJack and don’t tell anyone you installed it. The best security is secrecy.

  • smartacus

    Vanilla Musk is penning a disclaimer right now : Not an actual tracking device, just like
    Autopilot is not an actual autopilot :p

  • Bob

    It’s tough being Tesla wow. As if these are the first cars to ever be stolen, or to be in an accident, or to catch fire.

  • Ken Lyns

    GPS trackers still use the cell phone network to transmit their location. It’s a simple matter of carrying a cell phone jammer in the vehicle. Lojack is defeated the same way.

  • Ken Lyns

    Only $180, 5 meter range (enough to cover a vehicle). 🙂

  • mike

    They’re probably in metal containers ready to be shipped abroad thats why they cant get gps

  • f1300

    Maybe they just disconnected the battery… oh, wait… *duck*

  • f1300

    Düsseldorf & Essen? No keys used and GPS deactivated? Seriously, looks more like an insurance fraud to me.

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