This is a first in France and Carrefour does not hesitate to highlight it. As announced by the group’s managing director on Twitter, then confirmed by The Parisian, the retail giant will offer Tesla rental. The offer starts this Thursday, June 16, first in around thirty Carrefour Locations, before the offer extends to other stores by September. They should be around 80 renting Teslas.
And for a first, Carrefour hits hard by offering two models for rental to start: the classic Model 3 and the larger Model Y, “which is similar to an SUV”, welcomes the Parisian, the director of services Carrefour merchants, Jean-Baptiste Prévoteau. But above all, Alexandre Bompard’s group hits hard thanks to the prices it offers. Until the end of July, the first day will be offered at 59 euros then the following between 119 and 149 euros depending on the model and the period (day, week or weekend). By way of comparison, Le Parisien recalls that with the major rental companies such as Avis, Hertz or Europcar, a day is charged around 200 euros.
Among the first cities offering these Tesla for rent, you will find L’Haÿ-les-Roses, Rambouillet or Pontault-Combault in Ile-de-France. But also Ecully (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Uzès and Perpignan (Occitanie), Lormont and Mérignac (New Aquitaine or Aix-en-Provence (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur). Find the whole list in the map below below…
With 6,500 brand vehicles in stock, Carrefour hopes to have a “utilization rate” of 80%, says Jean-Baptiste Prévoteau. The challenge is twofold for the retail giant while its rental service is doing well (+ 20% use). These rentals will allow the French to try electric cars and also “offer a pleasure experience”, wishes to underline the director of commercial services of the group.
The other challenge is to offer electric vehicles while prices at the pump continue to climb. But for that, the charging stations have to follow. There will be several possibilities, whether at home, on Tesla Superchargers, or on Carrefour Energie pay terminals or equipped service stations. According to Le Parisien, Carrefour also wants to allow buyers of new vehicles to wait between the purchase and the delivery of their order, which can take a long time at the moment, a period “during which the buyer turns to leasing”, explains Jean-Baptiste Prévoteau.
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