Christian Roy, who hails from Quebec City, claims to be the first person in North America to drive a Tesla as a cab
It may not be bulletproof, but a taxi driver's Tesla Model S 85 has managed to conquer Quebec's famously unforgiving roads and relentless winters relatively unscathed, after more than two-and-a-half years and over 160,000 kilometres. If that's not a testament to the renowned electric car's reliability, we don't know what is.
Christian Roy, who hails from Quebec City, claims to be the first person in North America to drive a Tesla as a cab. He says the majority of his driving - around 90 percent - has been in the city, which makes the feat all the more impressive. The amount of pothole-covered roads in the city is astounding, and is sure to make even the most rugged vehicle cringe in fear.
As for not being bulletproof, Roy's car has had some problems. His Tesla's electric drive unit, for instance, has had to be replaced twice - though both times at no additional cost, and within 24 hours, so he didn't have to lose out on his method of income. Other relatively typical issues have popped up, such as the need to add new tires, brake pads, ball joints, and wheel bearings.
According to Roy, the real benefit of driving the Model S as a taxi is because of the company's unlimited-mile powertrain warranty. For a car that's driven around 80,000 km per year, it will end up being cheaper to own a long-term Tesla than, say, the Subaru Legacy he used to own. The Legacy's engine had to be rebuilt two or three times over the course of its half-million kilometre life - a pricey fix he won't have to worry about with the Model S.
Beyond the maintenance, there's also the matter of Roy not needing to pay for a single drop of gasoline.
We wonder how many cab drivers who use Toyota Camrys or Ford Crown Victorias are now rethinking what they drive. Sure, those cars are roomy and comfortable, but in the grand scheme of things, how reliable are they compared to the Model S?