For his company car, Pierre Ristic wanted an electric car. His employer provided him with a hybrid instead. It is a Toyota Yaris with which he practices eco-driving on a daily basis. Our reader does not regret having received this car made in France.
Working in a computer company that deals with problems of planned obsolescence in software, Pierre Ristic travels about 35,000 km per year. Committed to ecology, it seeks to reduce the environmental footprint of its activities, and in particular of its mobility.
Which has not always been the case: At 50, I have had a fairly uneven life course. I drove for a long time with cars that I bought in their last third or last quarter of life, at 200,000 or 300,000 km ».
Then he prepared for eco-driving, planning to go electric: “ I wanted a company car that was more respectful of our customers. I had thought of a Renault Zoé. To tell me about my future car, my boss told me: ‘You’re going to be doubly disappointed, it’s red and it’s a Toyota’ ».
Disappointed, really? ” By receiving the Toyota Yaris, yes. Because for me, hybridization represented complexity. It was, however, better than the SUV I was also offered. With him, people would have thrown stones at me, because of my commitment to ecology ».
Made in France
A particular problem with the Toyota brand? ” No not at all. My parents are fans of this brand, of which they have chained 5 models by mounting them at 300,000 km and beyond. I ended up reading articles on the Yaris, and I learned nothing but good things about it. In addition, it is made in France, and I can demonstrate that a small car can very well swallow several tens of thousands of kilometers per year ».
It should be noted that, even if all these little people very rarely pile up with 5 in the vehicle, Pierre Ristic has 3 children.
Finally, the Japanese brand’s city car won over our reader: ” As I had no choice, I decided to try it. It didn’t take me more than 3,000-4,000 miles to feel a revelation with the Yaris “. A revelation ? ” Yes, I rediscovered Toyota’s human-machine interface, very suitable for eco-driving ».
Pierre Ristic is not afraid of words, and dares certain associations: ” You can very well be a dodger and practice eco-driving. For example, by replacing the search for muscular performance with sobriety performance. I really got into the game of consuming as little as possible ».
He sees only advantages to this practice: “ It’s a way to spend less on gas, and less wear on the brakes. I have an indicator for the latter: If the front wheels are clean, it means that I am careful not to use them much. For the tyres, I have doubts, because eco-driving can lead me to take roundabouts a little fast so as not to break the momentum. Either way, this extends the life of the vehicle. There is a constant link between eco-driving and car reliability ».
Through his approach, our reader is of course seeking to limit CO2 emissions: “ I am often unable to drive up to the speed limits. On the highway, I’m at 110 km/h, on a 110 lane, I stay at 90 km/h most of the time, and I use the stabilized speed function. I live in Orne, in a rural area. There are quite a few horse transport trucks on our roads, which can make eco-driving easier for me. ».
An average consumption of 3.8 liters
To get to his office, the IT specialist must travel 40 km on a straight road punctuated by a few crossings of villages. With this recurring journey, which he does not make every day, however, he rarely encounters traffic jams. Including his trips of 150-180 km to reach the Paris region, Pierre Ristic recorded an average consumption of 3.8 l/100 km over 35,000 km.
From August to October 2022, he had fun on his home-office route to determine the influence of staying at 80 km / h compared to the 90 km / h authorized in his department. The extremes recorded were 2.4 l and 3.8 l per 100 km at 80 km/h, against 3.7 and 4.4 l at 90 km/h. For these respective speeds, he drew averages of 3.32 and 4.06 l / 100 km, an overconsumption of 22.41%.
We often hear that hybridization is especially effective in the city. This is not quite the opinion of Pierre Ristic: ” On country roads, even at 90 km/h, the system is already effective. Criticized by many journalists, the e-CVT box, with its moped effect, is perfect for eco-driving. An electric motor participates in the rotation of the planetary gears. The engineering is fabulous, there are very few parts. Finding this architecture in a city car is pretty good ».
« In winter, it’s complicated to go below 4 litres. At 20° C, the 3.5 l are easily respected. Of course, consumption depends on the route, and I generally refrain from using the motorways », points out Pierre Ristic.
The motorist and his mount seem to have settled in well: “This little car suits me very well. I don’t regret having received it. It allowed me to take up a great challenge. Bigger, for example with a Toyota Corolla, I would consume more”. His approach, which interests his boss whom he showers with his figures, is to be found on his Twitter account.
The foyer welcomes another Yaris: “ My companion is also very sensitive to ecology. She took a Toyota Yaris Cross which is based on the same platform and has the same engine. There is no station wagon for the city car, hence the choice of this urban SUV. Compared to mine, I noted an overconsumption of 0.3 l per 100 km in summer, and 0.5 l in winter ».
Mixed on the inside
Since receiving his Toyota Yaris, Pierre Ristic has had the opportunity to drive a few Renault Zoé. : “ I ultimately prefer the overall quality of my Toyota ».
However, it is mixed on the interior presentation: “ In the sports seats, we are very well seated. But the materials are not up to par, they look cheap. In particular concerning the upholstery and the fabric of the inner doors. We feel that weight is the enemy. At the limit, it’s not so bad ».
Which is not everyone’s opinion: I had the opportunity to transport someone from Renault who found the interior better than in a Captur. He appreciated the sober presentation obtained with good materials ».
Our reader also appreciates his city car for other reasons: His vivacity is more than enough. The sensors it embeds are effective. Light and rain, the car always automatically adopts the correct positions ».
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An electric after the Yaris?
« If I had to take an electric tomorrow, it wouldn’t be an SUV. Regarding this type of vehicle, the manufacturers do not have a sobriety approach. They think if it’s electric, it’s clean. For me, the consumption of an electric car should be close to 10 kWh/100 km. Small is beautiful », replies Pierre Ristic.
« It might seem contradictory, but next car, I would like to try the new Toyota Prius: I want to try the plug-in hybrid. This vehicle would be quite well suited to my various trips ».
He finds the new generation just cannon. It is not small, but in electric it is announced a consumption of 12 kWh / 100 km. Its low sedan shape plays for it, especially when the resistance in the air starts to be felt on SUVs, from 80 km/h ».
Automobile Propre and I would like to thank Pierre Ristic very much for his warm welcome and for having accepted our request for testimony.