You may remember Rafael de Mestre’s effort to take his Tesla Roadster EV around the world, to prove that such a feat can be done. Well, sadly for him and EV advocates around the world, his trip ended prematurely, has he ploughed his all-electric sports car into the back of a Toyota Auris, while on a German highway.

The crash was reportedly caused by a BMW which had also crashed, seven cars ahead. Sadly, the little Tesla was all-but-destroyed in the crash and Rafael will be unable to continue the remainder of his journey in it, thus ending his epic voyage, tantalizingly close to home – just under 1,000 km (600 miles) to go before arriving at their destination, in Barcelona, Spain.

So, after having driven nearly 24,000 km (15,000 miles), through 12 countries the epic trip is over. Thankfully, the Electric Odyssey crew are still going strong, and when they reach their destination in October, they will have accomplished ‘the mission’ (of driving an EV around the world) anyway!

And the actual crash footage

According to a picture posted on Facebook, they will attempt to get the car back on the road as soon as possible. It may not be all over after all!

By Andrei Nedelea