Switzerland’s Minister Of Transport Takes Delivery Of Tesla Model S

JAN 22 2015 BY STAFF 12

Doris Leuthard

Doris Leuthard

Her name is Doris Leuthard.¬† Her official position is Switzerland’s Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC.

And she’s now the proud owner of a Tesla Model S.

Background info on Leuthard:

Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC

Personal details

As head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard is one of the seven members of the Federal Council, Switzerland’s cabinet.

DETEC’s strategy focuses on the principles of sustainable development, which are implemented in terms of policy in the fields of the environment, transport, energy, communications and spatial development. As head of DETEC, Federal Councillor Leuthard is in charge of the seven federal offices (ministries) that make up the Department and that work together to achieve the Department’s aims, which include environmental and economic interests and public service requirements.

Before taking the helm of DETEC on 1 November 2010, Federal Councillor Leuthard was head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA) from August 2006 to October 2010. During this time, she was responsible for the labour market, vocational education and training, technology, innovation, agriculture, housing, national economic supply and trade policy. She represented Switzerland at international organisations including the WTO, OECD, FAO and the World Bank and chaired the EFTA Council.
In 2010, Doris Leuthard was President of the Swiss Confederation.

From 1999 to 2006, Federal Councillor Leuthard was a member of the National Council representing canton Aargau. From 2004 to 2006, she was president of the Christian Democratic People’s Party. During her time in the National Council, she was a member of the following committees: legal affairs, political institutions, judicial, economic affairs and taxation.

Born in 1963, Doris Leuthard studied law at the University of Zurich and completed language and study courses in Paris and Calgary. She was a partner in a law firm. She is married to Dr. Roland Hausin.

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Also the next prime minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä drives Model S. He got his Model S delivery about year ago and starts his position as prime minister in April 2015, after next election. His political party is clear leader in Gallup as previous coalition failed miserably.

Nice… maybe that will be the start for EV’s in Finland.

And hopefully he and his government will be environmentally aware and get rid of all the coal burning in Finland at a rapid pace too.

Isn’t is like “two for one”, if you’re in Swiss Francs theses days?

Miss Swiss wouldn’t use dollars.

The Tesla was most likely priced in EUD, from CHF. While “two for one” was the joke, CHF / USD went up to 1:1, from from about .81 last year. Still, a pretty good reason to go shopping.

Lead by example I always say.


First, a clarification. “Dienstwagen” means official government car, so she isn’t the owner, the Swiss government is. Surprisingly, it turns out a government Minister can choose his/her vehicle, with no price limits, although they usually buy German luxury cars.
(source for German readers:

And for those confused how come Leuthard was previously the country’s president if she is now just a Minister, that’s a result of the Swiss governmental system: The executive branch is headed by a board of 7 Ministers, and one of them, rotating every year, additionally serves as president of the country.

Interesting, thanks for the information.

Interesting. That sounds like some incorporated cities in the US who rotate the roll of mayor every year among the city council members.

Personally, I like the council system. It seems more equitable to me.


Wow…her career and credentials are impressive.

Soon Texas Governor will get one Tesla Lol……