Everything Elon Musk touches turns to gold. PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX… Twitter? However, when, in 2004, the charismatic and visionary businessman embarked on a process of building electric vehicles in total rupture with what had been done until then, the pundits of this industry did not give much of his recklessness. adventure.
“Tesla? For the Cupertino geeks” (1), we heard then… It is true that the first models to come out of the chains in 2012 still sinned by their “improveable” assembly.
Today, whether it’s record autonomy or longevity of batteries, better quality materials or soundproofing, quality has taken quite a leap upwards. The other major groups are tearing their hair out trying to get back on track with this inevitable electric conversion. But Tesla has taken such a head start! 1.5 million Model S, 3, X and Y left the gigafactories established in the United States, China or for a few months in Germany (Berlin-Brandeburg). The sales figures in Europe also orbit the competition! And not just in the “emission-free” market.
In the first quarter of 2022, the Model 3 was the best-selling car in France. It even slipped into the top 10 for all energies combined among individuals. And, last March alone, it was the best-selling car in all categories in Europe!
But without sufficient charging stations, there is no salvation. And, here again, Tesla is strong with a network of 7,300 Superchargers throughout Europe.
The Teslas owners (2) and future customers from Monaco, Var, Corsica and the Alpes-Maritimes will be smiling broadly, as the American manufacturer has just officially opened its first center in the Southeast (the 22nd in France).
Until now, the nearest branch was located in Aix-en-Provence. The new premises are ideally located in the industrial zone of La Canardière, in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, very close to the A8, fast and departmental roads, ideal for a trial run. What the mayor Sébastien Leroy did at the wheel of the Model Y Performance (sporty version capable of achieving 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and reaching 250 km/h at peak speed… on the circuit).
The Côte d’Azur brand is spread over 600m2 divided equally into showroom and maintenance workshop. Four cars can simultaneously pass over the bridge. A total of twenty people work on site, including seven technicians, three of them being “Mobile Technicians”.
This is one of the other essential components of Tesla’s own after-sales service: diagnosing a problem remotely. And, if necessary, the “Mobile Technician” intervenes directly at the owner’s home or workplace. The American manufacturer ensures that this technician can cover up to 80% of interventions, without requiring a visit to the workshop.
1. Heart of Silicon Valley.
2. “Owners” in English.
You’re here. ZI de la Canardière. Avenue du Maréchal De Lattre de Tassigny, in Mandelieu-la-Napoule.