Founder of Automobile Propre and Chargemap, Yoann is one of the very first French electromobilists to have received a Tesla Model S with the new front end in 2016. Is the magic that surrounds this large electric sedan intact after having traveled 115,000 km in 6 years?
At the origin of Automobile Propre
For the pioneers of electric mobility, the Tesla Model S project announced in June 2008 presented itself as a real revolution while the placid EVs in circulation at the time offered for the most part only a range of barely 100 km. . Unable to imagine its dynamism, we were impatient to discover it even before its arrival in France in September 2013.
” It was for me the big dream for years to have a Tesla Model S. It was a goal that I had set myself », confirms Yoann to Max Freyss. The discovery in 2008 of the brand’s fabulous roadster decided him the same day to start the Automobile Propre website. ” Something is going to happen around electric cars “, he then felt.
For the sake of consistency, the discreet boss sought to equip himself as quickly as possible with an EV equipped with an autonomy compatible with his needs. Hence his purchase of a Nissan Leaf in 2011.
Yoann received his Tesla Model S in October 2016. It was originally a 70D, upgraded to 75D (+ 5 kWh on the energy capacity of the battery) by taking advantage of an interesting commercial offer. The designation on the trunk was even changed accordingly during a visit to a Tesla center.
By choosing the large American sedan, the founder of Automobile Propre ” wanted to project themselves into a future where people would have electric cars with much more autonomy “. With its 350-400 km range, the Tesla Model S was in 2015 – the year Yoann ordered the 70D – the only one available on the trendy French market to respond perfectly to this vision.
Well informed, he signed for 85,000 euros (bonus of 7,000 euros deducted), the day before a major price increase. However, he had to wait about a year before receiving his copy embellished with the new muzzle: “ I was lucky, because I was one of the first to benefit from it in France “.
New and used prices today
The new front end translates to a few thousand euros more on the second-hand market. Today, a Tesla Model S 75D from October 2016 thus equipped can be found around 43,000-45,000 euros in France. Prices can drop to just under 40,000 euros with the old black oval featuring a grille.
Max Freyss, for his part, investigated the prices of new buildings. In France, only the Plaid version is offered, against a minimum of 138,990 euros. In the United States, it is still possible to obtain a wiser model from 104,990 dollars (about 103,400 euros according to the exchange rate on September 11, 2022).
That is a difference of approximately 11,000 euros 6 years later, comparing prices excluding government aid. What Yoann justifies by ” nice improvements on Model S, including a battery with a minimum energy capacity of 100 kWh.
A gigantic chest
The founder of our webzine admits not having used the 89-litre frunk too much, “ for fear of damaging the hood “. All the necessary recharging, including the maxi mobile charger of Mister EV, finds its place in the double bottom at the rear.
Behind the manually opened tailgate, which can rise up to 2.30 m depending on the manufacturer (unless customized adjustment if available), the loading volume amounts to 709 l, which can be extended to 1 739 l by folding down the bench seat back.
” The trunk was a very important element for me “, emphasizes Yoann. ” For my business, I may have to move desks, chairs or charging equipment » ; ” I really could spend huge things in this trunk » ; ” It can incidentally facilitate the passage to the recycling center. “, he cited as examples.
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” Range was never a question on this car “says Yoann. During his long journeys, he stops every 2 hours and finds a socket without too many problems “. If the hatch at the end of the wing at the rear left of the Model S promotes connection to Tesla superchargers, it is not necessarily without risk when it comes to connecting to the terminals on the road. ” A car passing too close could tear the cable “says Yoann.
The small flap under the reflector which houses a Type 2 socket is integrated into the optical unit. Our boss has however equipped himself to exploit, via adapters, fast charging to the Combo CCS and CHAdeMO standards. ” I can charge absolutely anywhere. The CHAdeMO being reduced, there are sometimes terminals to this standard which are free while the Combo cables are all used “, he illustrates.
After 6 years, he does not perceive the probable loss of autonomy of his 75D: ” In my daily use, this is not an issue or concern. I go home, I put it in charge and it’s settled “. A serenity that he hopes to transmit to motorists ready to go electric.
Overall, the light leather upholstery of Yoann’s Tesla Model S has passed the years well. It just benefits from a glossy appearance at the level of the driver’s seat. At the rear, the knees are well raised in relation to the buttocks with not necessarily much room to stretch the legs, despite a wheelbase of 2.96 m for a length of 5.02 m and a width of 1, 99m.
Without the panoramic roof, larger passengers might feel cramped in this large, sporty-looking electric sedan that stands at 1.43m. Is that why some people transported by our boss confessed to him ” not feeling very good in the back »? And this, even with conduct that he himself qualifies as ” wise “, justified by an average consumption of around 20 kWh / 100 km.
A digital tablet at heart
During the presentation of the Tesla Model S, its central 17-inch touchscreen tablet located in portrait mode had greatly appealed to curious and future buyers. ” It is super pleasant and leaves room for all the instrumentation part with a large map: you can clearly see the route. It’s a point that I really love », Approves Yoann.
The part with the processor, however, was replaced following a recall from the manufacturer. In question, the memory chip which was slower by dint of recording information. ” Over time I feel like the Touch Screen has become a bit less responsive, maybe over the course of car updates “, feels Yoann.
However, he regrets that he can no longer benefit from all the new features. The Autopilot, for example, no longer evolves, due to the old hardware that manages its 75D, replaced on more recent models by a new system. On the other hand, he appreciates, behind the wheel, the display which is lacking on the Model 3 and Model Y, helping in particular ” follow the GPS directions “.
No major problems recorded on Yoann’s Tesla Model S in 6 years. The trickiest thing to solve was a problem with the windows: “ They had trouble getting back up. At 110 km/h, you had to go in jerks, and sometimes you couldn’t. There were several operations of adjustment, adjustment, and even addition of silicone in certain places “. He considers his long electric sedan less quiet on the road than the Nissan Leaf ” very well soundproofed “.
Regarding the on-board furniture, he finds that the sliding lid of the storage under the shelf is not very well finished. In addition, he sometimes used this coin to deposit his bank card after payment at the motorway tolls: “ She slipped one day, going to lodge in the bottom. It was a Tesla Ranger that had to bring it out to me “.
In addition, accessing an underground car park can be tricky: “ My Model S can touch downhill. It is low and I did not choose the controlled suspensions then offered as an option. “.
What Yoann appreciates the most in his Tesla Model S is the Autopilot, which can be activated by means of a small lever on the left and behind the steering wheel: “ For me, it’s a great system. I am regularly in the morning in traffic jams. It’s more serene with the Autopilot “.
More generally, regarding driving the 75D, “ I like its softness. You can ride quietly, at ease, in a comfortable way. The balance between acceleration and engine braking is really good. I’m not too paddles behind the wheel. Regeneration is really well regulated at Tesla. And if necessary, we have all the power you need, especially to overtake without problems. “.
To this he adds: the fact of sitting low in a sedan and the flexibility of the steering. All this allows him to raise this model to the rank of ” perfect car for driving in the mountains », with the possibility of modifying the speed only with the accelerator, without having to resort too much to the brake pedal.
” Would you still recommend this particular Tesla Model S today? asked Max Freyss. ” Yes, clearly. It is a car that remains relevant. It will have a bit less range than newer EVs, but it’s still largely acceptable “replied Yoann. ” It is a model in which we are good. It benefits from free Tesla superchargers for life, which many taxi drivers and newer Model S users dream of. I recommend it with my eyes closed. I was able to test it for 6 years: the 75D works well “, he pleads.
” Faced with the difficulty of obtaining new Model S today, with long waiting times that could stretch over a year, except Plaid ordered recently, used copies are finally going quite well. It’s a great deal for those who like the Model S line and can get it for less than a Model 3. “, he opposes.
” It takes a little automotive passion to choose this car. We take it under the influence of emotion, for its line, also for the history behind the Model S. It is a model that has revolutionized the automobile in the broad sense. But it’s not the ultimate family car. “, he concludes.
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