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Tesla and Rental car companies: A very large potential market

I took a test drive of a Tesla S the other day. And although I enjoyed the test drive, I think I would have loved to have driven it longer in order to become more acquainted with the vehicle, screen features, etc..

So I was wondering if Tesla has considered selling/buyback leasing/etc their cars to rental car companies.

The selling point to rental car companies is that it is a high performance, clean energy, long range, low maintenance vehicle for them to have in their fleet.

And for Tesla? a wide range potential selling tool for its vehicles. Because as most people say, when you try a Tesla S, you want a Tesla S. So this puts the Model S test drive in the hands of more people.

As a potential customer, it would allow me a full day to "kick the tires" of a Tesla S, before running to my Tesla store and placing an order.

I don't know how many rental car locations are in the USA and worldwide. Rentalcars.com says they rent to 6000 rental locations worldwide. So it seems to me that would be a pretty big market to "sell" the car.

In addition, it would create a pretty large Tesla used car market as well for the masses who want a Tesla S, but who can afford a used, yet cheaper, Model S when the rental car company switches the car out for another new Tesla Model S.

With Elon Musk guaranteeing the depreciation value of the Model S, how could a rental car company NOT want this vehicle in their fleet of vehicles?

Range anxiety by proxy. If the renter runs low, what does the rental company do?

Actually, I think that taxi companies would a great fit for the model S. Maybe even give them access to the battery swap tech so they can keep their cars moving.

Taxi - an ideal platform for car sales TESLA. At least in Ukraine - it is one of the only ways to introduce potential clients to the TESLA model range, and the most important thing to start building infrastructure. I am the director of the company for the taxi market in Ukraine. My friends for several years selling electric cars in Ukraine, they are doing bad. Just sell electric car in Ukraine is impossible, it is necessary that the rich Ukrainians in love with him. Ukraine has a great need for premium cars in the taxi. Synthesize a taxi business and the business of selling cars Tesla - Tesla is the best promotion in Ukraine. Elon, what are your intentions about Ukraine?

Brian,

Rental car companies already offer electric vehicles. So why on earth would they not want to offer one with the highest range possible?

Some examples:

http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/hybridOfferedCities.do

and

http://www.hertzondemand.com/newyork/About/EV

If they are going to provide a mere Nissan Leaf which provides far more range anxiety...why not a Tesla S?

Hertz does offer the Model S for rent via Hertz Dream Cars (http://hertzdreamcars.com/). Currently, they are only available at SFO and LAX. There are also other opportunities to rent by the hour via Getaround, MPG Car Rental, Club Sportiva, B&W Car Rental. Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Exotic Car Collection now offers customers the option to rent an all-electric luxury vehicle. A Tesla Model S with a 60kw battery and one S with an 85Kw were added to Enterprise’s Exotic Car Collection in Southern California.

Further, for all the entrepreneurs out there who think there should be more Teslas available via rental, now you can start your own rental company with the help of Rent Centric Software (http://www.rentcentric.com/car_rental_software_overview.htm) which provides almost everything you need to run your rental company except of course the cars. So quit whining and do something. Buy some Teslas, get the software, get insurance, rent locations and hire people. How simple can it be? Locate yourself at all the high traffic jet ports that cater to private jets or nearby. So, there you go, an almost turnkey money maker. Now just add money.

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