In what they claim to be a world’s first, and we can’t dispute it after some research, a funeral transport company based in the Netherlands, Vander der Lans & Busscher BV, developed the first all-electric hearse using a modified Tesla Model S built by a stretched limousine maker, RemetzCar.
The two companies made the announcement today on their respective websites and released the picture seen above and below.
According to the companies, the vehicle exists and it will be officially unveiled tomorrow and displayed for the rest of the week at the Funeral Exhibition 2016 in Gorinchem in the Netherlands.
Jan Busscher, director at Van der Lans & Busscher, commented on the announcement:
“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.”
From the picture, it looks the wheelbase was significantly stretched and the top half of the Model S was replaced from the B-pillar to create an all-glass rear where the coffin would be stored for travel:
RemetzCar claims to have cut the vehicle in half after having removed the battery pack. Then, they extended the base by 80 cm (31.5 inch) before fitting the battery pack back into the platform.
Thanks to RemetzCar, now Van der Lans & Busscher will be able to offer zero-emission funerals to its clients.
While a first for a Tesla Model S hearse, it’s actually not the first time that a Model S was stretched. Earlier this year, we reported on Costa Mesa-based Big Limos making a Model S limousine: