It is at the Total de la Défense electric car charging station that we come across two black Tesla Model 3s bearing a “Taxi” badge are filling up. A reflection on the front door implicitly reveals the trace of the clearly recognizable diagonal stripe of the G7 taxis, freshly removed. We engage the discussion with the driver. “We continue to work on our own, so as not to stay on the street!”, he admits. Like all G7 drivers, our man is not an employee, but an affiliate. That is to say that he owns his vehicle, and that his contract with G7 allows him to have access to the call platform and the application of the company, upon payment of a fee. . Once the G7 logos have been removed from his car, he therefore becomes an artisan taxi driver and can use his car in his own name. “We work the old way, queuing at the station or picking up people who hail us in the street”.
“Correct” compensation from G7 for its Tesla drivers
Some Tesla Model 3 drivers find it necessary to continue driving despite the suspension of this model. However, G7 has provided compensation for its drivers forced into technical unemployment. “Compensation is pretty decent for most of us,” admits our driver. “Every day, we are paid the average daily turnover that we have made over the last three months”.
This principle of precaution, G7 wishes to apply it until the result of the police investigation, which will make it possible to determine the causes of the accident. If this continues, the company will provide free cars to its drivers. “There is a fleet of breakdown cars”, resumes our interlocutor. “But there are not enough of them. We are about forty in this case. I was promised a car for the month of January”. In short, the precautionary principle applied by G7 is not having the desired effect. We don’t know how many drivers continue to drive their Tesla Model 3. If they do show faults, that won’t prevent accidents. The only consolation for the company: the cars will no longer bear its logo. It should however be remembered that the American sedan is one of the best-selling electric cars in Europe, and in France in particular. If this car was really dangerous, the dramas would have multiplied a long time ago.