Amidst almost universal accolades for the Tesla Model S, an environmental minister for the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has done the unthinkable. He has returned the Model S he used for official business, claiming it has several drawbacks that make it unsuitable for everyday driving.
The minister, Johannes Remmel, is a member of the eco-friendly Green Party. He selected the Model S as his personal car for government business because he wanted to find out for himself what driving an electric car was really like. But after just 43 trips, he returned it the government fleet operator. It should be noted that Remmel is now the former environmental minister for Germany’s most populous state, having been turned out of office by the voters. Whether his decision to ditch the Model S influenced the electorate is unknown. Let’s just say his karma was bad and leave it at that.