we did 1,200 km in a Tesla Model Y rented from Hertz

we did 1,200 km in a Tesla Model Y rented from Hertz

A road trip across the American continent is already great, doing it in an electric car is even better. Especially if it’s a Tesla Model Y obtained from a local rental company.

I will put my cards on the table from the beginning: conducted on the side of a business trip to western Canada, this long-term test of the Tesla Model Y was not planned. Before booking my rental, however, I had thought about electricity before resigning myself to the price hikes in the rental companies. Unlike Soufyane, I also did not dare to go through the Turo platform to rent an electric car.

My voucher in hand, I drive to the Vancouver airport to rent the same Toyota Yaris that cost me an arm and a leg. In the parking lot near the rental counters, it’s a waltz of Teslas… Model 3s, Model Ys… about twenty in all. By activating my neurons, I remember the big order made by Hertz and the American brand. What an ass, I would look better… Fortunately, Dollar, the agency I had booked with, is a subsidiary of Hertz. ” Do you know Tesla? do you want a Tesla? asks the agent at the counter. I’ve been sleeping on it for 30 minutes…it’s hard to say no. Especially since the extra cost being asked for is more reasonable: $30 CAD per day, or $150 for five rental days, both with unlimited (and free) access to a supercharger. Without even informing me about the example found, I say “banco”.

Finally, a new stroke of luck since my recovery the keys a brand new Tesla Model Y badge with only 1,000km on the clock. After a few brief notes, I was off to the roads of western Canada.

At the Vancouver airport, it’s a Tesla waltz into the Hertz parking lot.

Direct handling

When renting an electric car, it is always interesting to see how the handover of the keys takes place. When I arrived at the parking lot, the employee briefly explained how the car works: starting with the main functions of the screen. In the thirties, the agent seems inspired by the brand. Nothing surprising. In Canada, Teslas meet on every street corner!

In the end, the explanation took no more than five minutes. For me, who knows the brand and the world of electronics, this is not a problem. For an electrical neophyte, it is probably a little short and we regret not having at least a “reference sheet” that describes the main characteristics of the car. Some will say that the full guide is available through the main screen, but you have to fill it!

One example among others: the rental company clearly states that the access to the superchargers is free, but at no time was it shown to me that the places should be released as soon as possible. Without this, we can imagine many rental Teslas staying overnight on superchargers.

Ergonomics: quick integration

Getting into Tesla is like switching from iPhone to Android (or vice versa). At first, I was clearly lost with this interface based on a large central slab (and yet this is not my first attempt).

I’ve never been a fan of “all touch” but it’s amazing how Tesla has worked on its ergonomics. Where many manufacturers continue to tread sauerkraut with menus that are sometimes completely incomprehensible, the American brand has managed to create an architecture that is simple, complete and intuitive at the same time. After 30 minutes of browsing and fiddling with the screen, I quickly got the hang of how it works. The menus are clear and you don’t have to press 15 commands to do manipulations. Even the climate control, also managed by the screen, is not a concern as the ergonomics are well thought out. Added to this is the amazing fluidity of the system. It should be said that Tesla did not skip the line by integrating the AMD Ryzen processor, well known in the world of gaming, in its 2022 models.

I was skeptical about using any touch screen and climate controls. Finally, a simple “swipe” up allows access to settings. Simple and intuitive!

If the lack of compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is always frustrating, Tesla makes up for it by offering a better navigation system. However, we regret that the manufacturer continues to block access to third-party applications. Netflix and Spotify are native, but it’s impossible for the user to install other apps. We are thinking mainly of Waze which has the advantage of integrating the radar on the route, which is not the case today in the Tesla navigation system.

An SUV cut for the road

If the Model 3 is already well-equipped for long-distance travel, the Tesla Model Y is still a step up. Without offering more performance, Tesla’s electric SUV stands out above all for its significant capabilities.

In the trunk, the space is just big. The layout is well thought out with bins on the sides. Under the floor, a large space can accommodate a small suitcase. And if that’s not enough, it’s still possible to use an additional 117 l of frunk.

At the back, the seats are just big with plenty of space at knee level and in the protection of the roof, which overlooks the large surface of the panoramic glass.

In terms of comfort, acceleration is generous and handling is impeccable. For long journeys, Autopilot is also a real plus. If it is triggered too quickly, it remains too sensitive. It is enough for the car to bite its line a little to have the right to break sometimes disturbing surprisingly

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In terms of safety, one of the latest updates makes it possible to program the view of the blind spot on the central screen when the indicator is on. A very valuable feature.

Great freedom and pokey use

In the Long Range Dual Motor version, the Tesla Model Y we have in our hands is from 2022. According to the VIN identification number, it comes from the historic factory in Fremont, California. Within the range, this is the version that offers the most freedom. Calculate 511 km according to the US EPA cycle (533 km WLTP). The promise is almost fulfilled. On what is equivalent to national roads at home, I was able to travel 430 km with an average of 15.4 kWh / 100 km and 10% capacity left in the battery. Previously, my payout rate was 95%.

If it’s still fun to use, Autopilot sometimes behaves strangely.

In the whole road trip, more than 1200 km, energy consumption reaches 188 kWh, or an average of 15.2 kWh/100 km. Not much for such a powerful car that shows more than 2 tons of empty weight. In comparison, I average around 13-14 kWh/100 km on the same type of route as my Kona 39, which is lighter and less powerful (1,600 kg and 136 hp).

Supercharger: a road trip friend

Would I lease this Tesla without supercharger insurance? Perhaps with little knowledge of the local payment infrastructure! If the network of fast charging stations continues to grow, Tesla remains the only manufacturer to offer a driving experience close to that of a gasoline car. There is no need to prepare for your journey by identifying stops along your route or worry about connecting the ABRP software to the ODB connector. Just enter your destination and the system will guide you by connecting stations to superchargers. It’s simple, practical and … it works!

It is also and above all for all! In the case of our Canadian road trip, we didn’t have to worry about the operators and conditions of access to the stations (we must forget the Chargemap Pass across the Atlantic). The car is linked directly to the user account and all you have to do is plug it in and charging starts automatically. While Plug & Charge is still in its infancy, Tesla has already connected it for a long time!

With a large presence in Western Canada, Superchargers are still close to businesses and food service areas