January 26, 2022

The G7 company stops its Tesla electric taxis after a serious accident in Paris on Saturday

After a serious accident in Paris on Saturday of a Tesla Model 3 electric taxi – one of the best-selling electric cars in Europe – which was not in service, the Parisian taxi company G7 shut down, Tuesday, September 14, the few cars of the same model in its fleet, the time for the conclusion of the investigation. This decision was taken as a precaution, the reasons for the accident are not yet known. An investigation has been opened to determine the origin of the accident.

Saturday evening, a Tesla taxi lost control of its vehicle in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, leaving ten injured, including seven serious, according to a police source. We did not know, Tuesday, if this assessment had changed. The vehicle struck two pedestrians, then a glass container which, in shock from the speed, was thrown into the air and exploded on the ground. The sedan then struck a traffic light, also thrown into the air. Then, the vehicle ended its race in a van in circulation in the middle of the intersection, according to the account of the police source.

“G7 learned with amazement of the terrible accident which occurred on Saturday evening in Paris which involved a taxi driver. This one, on a private trip with his family, was not in activity at the time of the facts ”, said the group.

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“No technical failure”, according to Tesla

In the meantime, G7 has decided to shut down the thirty-seven Model 3s in its fleet. The company also runs fifty Model S, a more luxurious vehicle, which is not brought to a standstill, although G7 initially announced that it had suspended all of its Tesla vehicles.

“G7 will support all the drivers concerned by financially compensating the loss of earnings from the loss of activity for these drivers during the period of suspension”, said the group.

Tesla, who has access to certain technical data, assured that there was “No technical failure” from his car. The builder does ” no comment “ at this point on the decision of G7. A spokesperson for the American automaker also said the company remained “Available to the authorities” to transmit to them the data which it can have remotely on the vehicle concerned, without giving more details.

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Le Monde with AFP and Reuters