German Environment Minister Ditches Model S Over Range Anxiety

A German government minister has decided to ditch his Tesla Model S after experiencing too much range anxiety.

Automotive News has discovered through Germany’s Freedom of Information Act that member of the Green Party and the environment minister of North Rhein-Westphalia, Johannes Remmel, started to use a fleet Model S to see how it would handle his usual driving routine.

Despite being a proponent of electric vehicles, Remmel returned the Model S after just 43 trips due to its insufficient range.

According to a senior aide, the car wasn’t suitable for the minister’s commutes, despite being advertised with a range of 500 km. In fact, the aide claims it was impossible for Remmel to even achieve 400 km on a single charge, meaning the minister could only travel for about 150 km before knowing he’d have to turn back in order to make it home without running out of charge.

What’s more, it is reported that in one instance, Remmel was forced to stop for about 90 minutes to top up just 10 kWh of energy at a conventional charging station. When you’re a busy government minister, that’s obviously a grave inconvenience.

We know that in perfect hypermiling conditions, the Model S 100D can travel over 1,000 km on a charge. However, Remmel’s experience shows that range anxiety remains an issue for some drivers.


  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Ofcourse he will prefers a VW

    • Vassilis

      You know there are other German manufacturers as well, right?

      • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

        Yeah, like Opel.

    • Christopher Sansom

      So do I 🙂


    germans might be like : long live fossils

  • ;-)

    Maybe it’s time for a diesel Tesla

  • ;-)

    Maybe it is time for a diesel Tesla

  • Sébastien

    Range anxiety…. Yeah sure, as in lobbying anxiety

  • JaredTheGeek

    Its not range anxiety if you actually are running out of battery charge to get to and from your destinations. That’s an actual problem.

  • Dan

    I’m sure the logs will prove he’s lying like Top Gear and the whole German car industry

  • So he had to use slow charge and he blames the Tesla and not his lack of competence for getting the infrastructure ready. Pathetic!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Or Porsche has promised him a free Mission E sedan.

    • Bob

      Can’t blame him then. That Mission E… I have many adult thoughts about it.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        I don’t….and that’s just weird…you need to get out more.

        • Bob

          That’s probably true.


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