Last sunday, for once, I watched Turbo on M6, and last time I did so must have been years ago ... It is the kind of TV program always showing battles of Diesel against Diesel -we are in Europe and in France the "Diesel leader", which is a shame -, or hyper expensive sports car - you can only dream of, does not make me dream at all actually -
But, this time they said thay would talk about Electric Cars: the New BMW i3 and the Tesla Model S, wow this is changing ...
So it starts with the BMW i3 - exclusivity -
and this journalist says he choose to test drive the one with the range extender option - 5,000 EUR (!) - to make sure he would not get stranded with an empty battery pack ... it starts very well :-)
Right after, the main journalist, Dominique Chapatte, interview a French politician - representative - who drives a Renault Zoe and explains his fmaily road trip from Marseille to Bordeaux last summer, using only Renault dealers Charging Stations - Zoe can not charge on a regular 220V outlet ... yet -
Then we got the Leipzig BMWi factory tout, quite interesting, mixed with the official BMW Youtube video, in my last post
Image from the launch commercial, shot in SF and LA
Later, they visit the Autolib Maintenance Center close to Paris
These wooden boxes on crates look like battery pack to me ... oops, do they have to change many of them ???
The number one damage to this Electric rental car
- I skipt all the Diesel and Gas stuff, of course -
Then, time for a Tesla Model S test drive :-)
but before, some more BMW i3, interior, rear doors opening ...
and they go get the test drivers in Saint Germain en Laye, close to Paris, with their BMW of course
Their conclusion on the BMW i3: not bad but Electric Cars are kind of pricy - (!) of course if you add this 5,000 EUR option that will not be used ... it starts to get pricy: 28,000 EUR + 5,000 EUR -, oh well ...
There it is :-)
First time for them, in an Electric Car too I think, from their remarks
They really enjoyed their Model S test drive and I think it changed their perception of Electric Cars in general, which is a god thing ...