Finding it more incongruous and adventurous than a trip between the end of Normandy and Paris driving a Jaguar XJ40 in its juice, at night and in the rain, was not easy. In Tesla Model X, it is inevitably more serene but in this experiment, it is also question of electricity. The constraint comes from another register, even if at no time we really risked finding ourselves in the dark.
Convivial, these breaks at the Tesla Superchargers. Even if few cars scramble to fill the charging point terminals of Caen, we will still cross two or three Tesla Model S drivers. We exchange, we exchange about our intriguing Model X, the crossover declination of the S, just commercialized. Tesla, that sounds a bit like a religion. One has the impression to speak to the members of a brotherhood, animated by a bit of harmless proselytism… Not wishing to upset anyone, we will not confess that Elon Musk does not hold any revealed truth.
Moreover, placing electric motors in a vehicle is not very revolutionary. We use it to move our lifts for more than a century. Strategically speaking, on the other hand, it is rather new: to sell a car according to the same scheme or almost as a digital product, with a principle of constant evolution by updates, it was enough to think about it. By and large, while rolling Tesla, one enters especially in a logic of operation quite different from our daily practice of the automobile. We buy as much a service as a car.
The only upheaval, not least, is to have to adapt his movements to the constraints of autonomy and implementation of superchargers. Oh, it’s quite feasible. As a result, your servant has traveled about 1,000 km in 72 hours in Model X, using it for typical weekend trips. Like any auto thermal car. With a few nuances … Our Model X 90D, the second level of power (422 hp and batteries of 90 kWh), announces 489 km of theoretical autonomy in NEDC cycle. Logically optimistic, but it’s not a surprise.
A Model S, bigger
Three rows of seats, all individual: this is the main advantage of the Model X compared to the sedan. Its load volume even more generous, too . In addition to the front compartment (187 l), there is rear of a volume increased to 2180 liters all seats folded (and a compartment under the floor). The layout of the driving position remains almost identical to that of the Model S, with the same dashboard integrating a large screen like giant tablet. Effect “Waouh” guaranteed, according to the expression of ace of marketing. The resolution is really neat, the device gathers all the functions and makes geeks hot throats. A little less of those who consider the car as something other than a rolling iPad.ergonomics not really intuitive , even if, of course, we get used to everything … Having to search the interior lighting controls, headlights or rear-seat maneuvers in different menus is annoying.
EPR for everyone!
The break is needed every two hours, of course. But here we are talking about a stop of 30 minutes to cover 200 km of highway, at best. No stop for a few minutes to fill a tank capable of holding 800 km … In the end, a journey requiring about 3:30 in normal time, at the usual pace, is here increased to almost 5 hours.
We will have shown good will to prove that it is possible to use a Tesla X 90D (or S, the statement will be the same) as any family sedan the time of a weekend. With a sacrifice of size: at destination, avoid driving about 10 hours before the return journey, in order to have a sufficient radius of action to reach the nearest Supercharger. On a household outlet, the charge is long … About 15 km earned per hour, at best! Which brings us back to the initial postulate: the justification of the electric, however rational it is in a daily use framework (without change of program!), Is far from bringing the versatility necessary for a road vehicle.All-electric is therefore difficult to extricate from the peri-urban setting or moderate distances to which it is circumscribed by nature . Ironically, many plug-in hybrids we will have doubled during our electric getaway. GTE Golf drivers and other BMW 330emaybe smiled when they saw this Model X peacefully installed at the pace of the trucks, far from any power outlet … It will be necessary, fields of superchargers along the major axes. And some additional EPR projects, too, if one wishes one day to fuel this hypothetical future electrified. Ecologically coherent, if we stick to CO2 emissions … which does not include, in the overall balance, the manufacture and massive recycling of batteries. Brought back to the 30 million private vehicles circulating in France, in the long term, another problem then opens.
|Model tested: Tesla Model X 90D|
|Dimensions L x W x H||5,004 / 2,083 / 1,626 m|
|Min / max volume of the safe||front: 187 liters / rear: up to 2.180 liters|
|Unloaded weight||2.468 kg|
|Engine displacement||Synchronous electric motors|
|Engine power||422 ch|
|0 to 100 km / h||5s|
|Max speed||250 km / h|
|Fiscal power||9 CV|
|CO2 rate||0 g / km|