After a serious accident involving one of its drivers in Paris on Saturday, G7 has decided to suspend its Tesla taxis until further notice.
On Saturday December 11, a taxi driver lost control of his vehicle, a Tesla Model 3, causing an accident that left one dead and 20 injured, three of them in serious condition.
After the driver mentioned a technical problem with the car, the G7 company decided to shut down all of its Model 3s.
“As a precautionary measure and in accordance with our procedures, G7 has decided to suspend the 37 G7-affiliated drivers equipped with the model similar to the vehicle involved, pending the progress of the investigation,” the company said in a statement.
No suspension for Model S
This precautionary measure would concern 37 drivers and their vehicle. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S (around 50 cars in the Parisian fleet) are not affected by this decision and can continue to run.
To justify this decision, G7 states that it has no indication that it could focus more on human or technical failure. Pending the conclusions of specialists, an investigation for “counts of manslaughter and unintentional injuries by driver of motorized land vehicle” was opened on Saturday, G7 is playing it safe.
For his part, Tesla’s reaction is quite firm. The manufacturer, who has access to a large number of technical vehicle data remotely, indicates that “there has been no technical failure”.
If Tesla has chosen not to comment on the G7 decision, the Californian has made himself “available to the authorities” and said he is ready to pass on the data he has on this vehicle.