How About Renting A Tesla On Your Next Vacation?


SEP 22 2017 BY EVANNEX 17


Enjoy a Tesla on your next vacation (Image: InsideEvs)


If you’re a Tesla owner, there’s nothing worse than having to rent a noisy, slow, sputtering gas guzzler on your vacation. You’ll want the silent speed of your Tesla to enjoy yourself on the road. And if you don’t own a one, there’s no better time to try one out than on your next trip — what’s better than driving your first Tesla on vacation?

Conde Nast Traveller reports*, “Sure, you could test drive a Tesla at the store, but wouldn’t the experience be better on an island in Hawaii? The all-electric luxury vehicles and their charging stations are getting easier to find, and they’re making their way into hotels. Many resorts and hotels have started offering Teslas to guests looking to take one for a weekend spin.”

Here’s a few ways to get the Tesla experience on your next vacation.

Traditional car rental

It turns out that: “Both Enterprise and Hertz offer Teslas in select cities. Enterprise offers the Model S through its Exotic Car Collection at select locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, Texas, and Washington. Hertz offers a Model S in select locations as well, but be forewarned, your $179/day rental only includes 75 miles a day. “ Avis is getting in on the action in Norway. And, if you want to get behind the wheel of a P100D next time you travel to London, try EV Hire.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.


Teslas are available at rental car companies like Hertz (Image: Trip Nieuws)

Rent from Tesla owners

There are some other great options, including: “Car rental service Turo [who] specializes in luxury vehicles (although it offers a range). Vehicles listed on the site are typically owned by individuals who use the service to make extra money off their car when they’re not driving it. Teslas on the site range from older Model S vehicles to brand new Model Xs. Since the inventory is owned by individuals, you can find the vehicles all over the United States and Canada. GetAround has a similar business model, and offers a wide range of Teslas for rent as well.” There’s even one Tesla owner who rents his Model S to drive during the day and sleep in at night.


Take a test drive at a hotel

More and more vacation destinations have Teslas on-site.

“Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina can borrow a Tesla Model S or X for the day. Penthouse and Presidential Suite guests can enjoy the cars for the duration of their trip, and all guests who book specialty suites can book up to 48 hours with one of the cars. Kids can even get in on the action, with an on-site Model S Radio Flyer.”


Tesla Model S is Virgin Hotel’s in-house car service vehicle (Source: ChicagoInno)

And that’s not all, “The Standard [Hotel] offers Teslas for guests to use overnight when you book a corresponding room package. The Mandarin Oriental, Miami also offers Tesla Model S vehicles for guests to rent during their stay.” The Mandarin Hotel in New York, the Delmar Hotel in Greenwich, and the W Hotel Hong Kong also have Teslas on-site. And Elon Musk’s pal, Richard Branson, decided to make a Model S the official “house car” at the Virgin Hotel in Chicago.

Try out a Tesla at a vacation home

Vacation homes are another option:

“Kukui’ula, a resort and real-estate community on the South Shore of Kauai, has Tesla batteries in several of its vacation homes. One home set to be completed this month will come with a Tesla Model X in the garage… In New York, Teslas are the house cars at 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.”

And there are more luxury buildings across the country that offer the Tesla experience.


Miami Beach condo with its ‘Model S house car’ at 3900 Alton which will offer electric vehicle charging stations as well (Source: Mansion Global)

Take a ride in a Tesla-based car service

Sometimes it’s easier to sit back and let someone else do the driving — and we don’t mean using the automaker’s self-driving Autopilot feature. If you want to travel in style between Los Angeles to Sin City, try out Tesloop and grab an open seat to Vegas for about $85. In Chicago, try a Watts on Wheels Tesla. For Tesla limo service in beautiful Sydney Australia, try Evoke. And for city-to-city transport in Europe, try the Tesla Shuttle service.


Headquartered in Poland, TeslaShuttle will chauffeur you between European cities (Image: TeslaShuttle)

If you travel to Canada and stop in Quebec City, be sure to take a ride in Christian Roy’s Tesla Taxi. And if you fly to Amsterdam, there’s a good chance you’ll be picked up curbside by one of Schiphol Airport’s 167 Tesla taxis. Flying out to Hollywood for an awards show? Get Morgan Freeman’s security guard to personally chauffeur you to the Oscars in MOTEV’s Model X. Then again, you could get really decadent and travel in elongated style in the first-ever Model S stretch limo.


*Source: Conde Nast Traveller

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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17 Comments on "How About Renting A Tesla On Your Next Vacation?"

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Travelers to the SF Bay Area, my Signature P85 is available for rent:

100 miles per day for $120… Not too bad. That is close enough for me to get to Sonoma Raceway and back.

How many times am I allowed to use the insane mode at Sonoma raceway? =)

Pretty much!

“If you’re a Tesla owner, there’s nothing worse than having to rent a noisy, slow, sputtering gas guzzler on your vacation. ”

Yes! The $300 a day you can expect to pay to actually rent a Tesla.

Or is this different at any of the outlets you refer to?

Pretty cool. Might try it.

This is good information, and I hope that renting EVs becomes more popular.

That said, the fossil fuel emissions attributable to a single airline ticket to a vacation destination will usually far outweigh the emissions from driving around that destination in a rental car.

Knowing this, we try to vacation closer to home. This is easier to do, though, when you live in the beautiful state of California. 🙂

Do you get a S70 for $179/day or do you get a P100D?

$179/day is pretty steep rate. That is pretty much an exotic car rate.

In my area Turo get you a base Tesla S for about 100/day…179 better be for the 100D.

Renting hybrid is definitely easy but renting EV is more difficult. Maybe possible in California but elsewhere…

“If you travel to Canada and stop in Quebec City, be sure to take a ride in Christian Roy’s Tesla Taxi.”

Also between Montreal airport and the city you can get one using Teo Taxi…

I used chargepoint and to rent a tesla before to demonstrate to my wife that going on road trips is feasible… got the model X shortly after that. Then on vacation in europe, had to drive a diesel (yuck), found a few places that had teslas for rent but even more expensive than here.

I am definitely less and less willing to put up with gas cars, once you are used to electric its like handing in your iphone for a landline…

Last year we rented a Model S for a week in Switzerland. (Blog post: This year we are doing it again but in Colorado, starting tomorrow!!!

I have rented a model S on Turo. Definitely worth it and I recommend anyone considering buying one to spend a few days with the car. I liked it, but more than anything, it gave me a greater appreciation for my gen 2 volt. I get what people say about Teslas not being true luxury cars. Of course, that was a 2013 model there have been several areas of improvement. As far as Turo, I use it every time I need to rent a car on a trip. Depending on the city, you can find just about anything from an ELR to a Maserati at affordable prices.

Renting an EV might be fun if you don’t normally drive one, but I want to try something different when I have a chance to do so.

There’s nothing as exciting as driving a manual shift diesel Fiat around Rome to make a vacation that much more memorable!

So far unfortunately I have been unable to find any rental EVs when abroad, but really only a Tesla makes any sense if you want to get around anyway. Limited milage and steep prices (especially with separate premium insurance) are other show stoppers.

I actually used EV Hire while on vacation in London this year. Rented the Model S P100D and loved every bit of it. Daryl made the process seamless and made sure every detail was taken care of, including having access to other charging networks so that I could make a trip from London to Wales and back. Drove the car for 4 days and it was all worth it.