Not that long ago, the world’s first Tesla hearse popped onto the scene. Tesla hearse? Yes, someone had the brilliant idea to turn a Tesla into a funeral car. I wanted to capture the car in person and talk more to the company and driver behind it, so I took a trip to Den Haag (The Hague) for a visit. Well, actually, I was in Holland for rEVolution 2017 and a great cleantech leader (CleanTechnica reader and now friend) from the Netherlands lined up the visit. Of course, I was certainly thrilled with the idea.
The Tesla hearse is not just awesome for its novelty, hot Tesla branding and tech, and interesting look. It’s also something I felt is interesting to highlight as Model 3 production rises, as the world starts to shift in a much bigger way to electric transport, and as we speed up the move away from polluting vehicles that cause innumerable premature deaths. The world is changing, and the leaders of that change deserve a spotlight.
The hearse also presents an interesting representation of what this shift means. As with all things in this world, if there is a “birth” or a beginning, there’s a death or ending. I don’t mean to make light of life — I think it’s a precious gift — but the hearse offers a nice opportunity to reflect on the coming death of the gasmobile industry. We are transitioning from thousands of years of burning stuff for energy and transport to an era of driving on sunshine and wind. A quieter, safer, more peaceful, and healthier future is on our doorstep, but that also means saying goodbye to giants of yesteryear. And what better way to do so than with a Tesla hearse.
The hearse company is Van der Lans & Busscher Staatsievervoer. The special Tesla was modified by RemetzCar, which we covered on EV Obsession right after it did the work. To learn more about why the company decided to get a hearse made out of a Tesla, who orders it, what their reactions are, and what the driver thinks of the car, watch the video below.