Warm-Up Lap: 25 Model S Owners Rally Across France

With more than 2,000 Superchargers installed all across the world, and more going in everyday, Tesla Motors is making sure that owners of its cars will never be far from a fast, free fill-up. Tesla put out a call in France for a cross-country rally covering more than 650 miles/1,000 km in a weekend, and 25 Model S owners answered the call.

The drivers came from all corners of France for the Tesla rally, stopping in iconic cities like Paris, Tours, and Vienne, before culminating in the ancient river city of Mâcon. The drivers discuss how, thanks to the growing number of Superchargers all across western Europe, they feel empowered to travel more using the fast and free charging option provided by Tesla. So far Tesla is the only automaker to offer such an extensive charging network at no cost to its customers, though other automakers are rolling out charging networks of their own.

Admittedly, Tesla sales have been somewhat tepid in France, as have all electric vehicle sales, with few incentives to draw drivers in. French government officials seem to be changing their stance towards EVs though, offering a €10,000 incentive for diesel drivers to make the switch to EVs. The Prime Minister even went so far as to say supporting diesel cars was a “mistake” and there’s been a push to get more EVs on the roads, both as traditional commuters and in car-sharing services that are increasing in popularity.

If France were to adopt the same sorts of incentives EV drivers get in Norway, there could be a lot more Model S owners in the hexagon-shaped nation.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.