Derks, a Netherlands-based maker of hearses and limousines, recently unveiled their extraordinary custom build: an electrified hearse from Tesla’s Model 3 Standard Range Plus. However heavy and elongated the wheelbase may be due to this conversion — Derks guarantees that its modified Model 3 still offers more than 200 miles of real-world range.
The Model 3 Hearses comes with several remarkable additions, such as LED lighting in the rear and a starry headliner ceiling. Funeral directors will be delighted to know that it has an automated tailgate included. Electric curtains are also available at no charge.
It’s only logical to use electric hearses, considering most funeral journeys are brief and there is sufficient time for charging in between. This might be the first Model 3 hearse we’ve seen, but several Model S conversions have been done before. In 2017, Brahms Electric Vehicles even released a Nissan Leaf hearse.
Derks has yet to reveal the price of their Model 3 hearse. For context, however, Norwegian builder Jan Erik Naley sold his own Model S hearse for approximately $200,000 in 2019.
In September 2022, the Tesla Model Y swept Europe as the most successful vehicle on the road – outranking even Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen Golf. The Model 3 also proved equally popular with European drivers. It is noteworthy that in Europe delivery of Tesla vehicles happens only once every three months or so; indicating public demand for these eco-friendly cars goes far beyond hype alone.