e-Garages Revolte: “Your electric car will last 100 years” – AVEM

e-Garages Revolte: “Your electric car will last 100 years” – AVEM


While the first copies of lithium-ion generation electric vehicles are more than 10 years old, the question arises about their durability. Are there any garages capable of repairing them at a reasonable cost?

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At the beginning of 2013, Renault sent me an estimate of 14,865.83 euros to replace the nickel-cadmium battery in my electric Kangoo, less than 10 years old. Finally, with the help of a friend, I was able to replace the only defective element for 70 euros, by finding one for one from Fossard’s centenarian institutions (Accus Service, Pessac, in Gironde).

At the bottom, the invoice said ” Who better than Renault can maintain your Renault “. If it is electrical, then the answer can be: Revolte e-Garages !

With the first address opened in Rennes (35) a few months ago, the brand intends to develop more and faster. In a few weeks, the site for Nantes (44) will be launched.

Battery as the main source of failure

A study published by the German automobile club Adac in February 2022 revealed that the main source of failure is battery side access. Whether for thermal, hybrid or electric designs, it is this 12 V lead acid collector that is the main source of failure.

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Added to this is the end of battery life for the hands-free key. In both cases, the electric opening of the doors is no longer possible. To quickly distinguish the 2 problems, the smartphone application is a great help. If it can’t connect to the car, it will almost certainly be the 12 V lead battery that is faulty.

The manufacturer has the ability to solve very quickly and at a good cost these 2 explosions that are also found in a petrol or diesel car. What about other issues?

traction battery

When it comes to the analysis of the towing battery, ordinary traders are often incompetent, mainly because they do not have enough ideas and are more logical to change the complete element.

For example a lithium-ion pack, charger or converter. Even if the reason for the failure is a very small electronic part. So it was the 2 pieces that Alexis Marcadet – one of the founders of e-Garages Revolte – showed us, during our visit to Saint-Brieuc, Saturday September 3, 2022, at the Côtes-d’Armor electric mobility exhibition.

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In his left hand, is the Leaf’s supercharger. It prevented getting the full capacity of the packet. Nissan had prepared an estimate of 6,000 euros for the replacement, without guarantee of results, of the converter which was not in doubt.

The car was repaired at Revolte e-Garage in Rennes for 1,000 euros plus, parts and labor (diagnosis, disassembly-reassembly, testing).

Even the smallest elements

In our photo, Alexis Marcadet is holding in his right hand a faulty block of Renault Zoé capacitors. The restoration was carried out by professional mechanic Jérémie Noirot. Invoice amount: around 1,000 euros too, when Diamond asked for around 4,000 euros to exchange the full charger.

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What if it’s a very small part a few millimeters long? Then, it would be Erwan Lefèvre who would certainly intervene. An electronics technician would use a microscope for this. He has been doing this for over 10 years, on systems that go into both petrol and diesel cars. The company’s motto is: Electric or hybrid, it will last 100 years “.

For Alexis Marcadet, completely in line with the rest of the team, ” The electric car must be able to be passed on to his children as real estate “. He counts: We’ve already built a hundred electric cars, and we have an intervening contact for another hundred “.

Cost history

Our first customers were among the pioneers of electric mobility, for repair operations. But we are making more and more corrections. The size of our workforce follows the volume of customer inquiries. We will go from 10 people today to about fifteen by the end of this September », explains Alexis Marcadet.

Clients tell us directly that they want to help us in our approach. They do not hesitate to entrust us with various interventions “, he is happy.

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In general, we can divide by 2, 3, 4, and even more, the amount of quotes given by the builder. So, with an electric car from the city of Rennes, where we solved for 1,200 euros plus tax, a problem that the manufacturer was demanding 17,000 euros. “, he compares.

We have launched a survey of intervention costs considered by electric operators in their electric vehicles. After 500 responses, for example, we record an average of 162 euros for the Renault Zoé to be serviced and almost 1,000 euros for breakdowns. “, he organized himself.

Training for future technicians

The yellow Citroen C-Zero on our stand had been standing in the park for about 2 years. Broken parts were scattered around the back seats. We were able to fix it. Now he can get back on the road “, Showed Alexis Marcadet.

The e-Revolte brand doesn’t stop at cars. ” We will provide after-sales service for 2 brands of electric motorcycles. We are moving forward with new manufacturers that have automotive durability in their DNA “, he insists. In this month of September, the company will also start training technicians who will be able to properly intervene in electric vehicles.

The desire of the team that founded Revolte is to develop skills in France to reassure EV users and help them have reliable machines. Meanwhile, Jérémie Noirot and his companions are traveling around France as needed.