Tesloop Enters Freight Business With 3,500-Pound Bottled Water Delivery

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AUG 13 2017 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 38

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Though Tesloop’s main model is transporting multiple passengers in style, a little side work as a freight vehicle can’t hurt.

We’ve reported about Tesloop before, when we shared the story of its first Model S fleet vehicle crossing the 200,000-mile mark with only six percent battery degradation. The California-based transportation company, which began with a single route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, uses Tesla Model S and X vehicles chauffeur people. The company continues to add routes, and now also services the Greater Palm Springs and San Diego areas.

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Tesloop’s primary mission is providing longer distance travel — much like that offered by trains and buses — but in state-of-the-art, well-appointed, comfortable, emissions-free Tesla vehicles. However, TechCrunch recently reported that the transportation provider will be towing 3,500 pounds of water from Modesto, California to Culver City with a Model X. The water is coming from a 7-UP bottling facility and heading to Tesloop’s headquarters.

This new mission is a way for Tesloop to begin a process of employing and promoting an emissions-free supply chain. The company, as well as others, can use this as a stepping stone for similar shipments and functions in the future. It will be awhile before the Tesla Semi comes to fruition, so why not use Tesla Model X fleet vehicles for such purposes in the meantime? The Model X can surely tow the load, and it boasts impressive cargo capacity, with easy access due to its falcon wing doors.

Tesloop isn’t planning to make freight part of its primary functions, but its a welcome addition to its business model. The company is busy working on adding new routes to Santa Barbara as well as the San Francisco Bay Area soon. But, as fleet vehicles are sometimes available, getting goods to and from its locations can be done via a Tesla as well.

The water coming from the 7-UP bottling plant is Noah’s Spring Water. Tesloop is working out the shipment in partnership with the water bottler, and will also be offering Noah’s water in-car during its routes. It will come free to travelers along with other free snacks that are a part of the luxury experience. Customers of the Tesla transportation provider also enjoy amenities like onboard Wi-Fi, noise-cancelling headphones, and pillows.

This is a unique and advantageous marketing scheme for both companies, which can be expanded to other fleets and other beverage and snack suppliers. Tesloop’s vehicles will be seen on the road towing the Noah’s Spring Water, and the companies can share the information via their individual marketing campaigns.

Source: TechCrunch

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38 Comments on "Tesloop Enters Freight Business With 3,500-Pound Bottled Water Delivery"

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Wow, bottled water is one of the most wasteful products on the planet. Not exactly a great promotion for “emissions free” living.

That was my first thought, too. That’s an unfortunate and rather tone-deaf pairing.

Exactly, comes out of the tap just fine.

Move to Flint and let us know…
Then come to SoCal so i can show you why i have to RO my water. I suggest you take a closer look at your tap water.

Citing one rare exception to the rule doesn’t mean it’s not a rule. It just means there are rare exceptions.

Even if this company was using an expensive CUV to pull a trailer with bottled water to Flint, MI, it would still be wasteful. I’m sure there are sources of clean water much, much closer to Flint than California, and using a luxury CUV to haul a trailer for commercial freight hauling is downright stupid, even if that CUV is a BEV.

I see this as nothing but a marketing stunt.

Just to be clear…I’m not defending the use of bottled water in US. I haven’t used any in over 10 years but i also never drink tap water as the ppm content here is off the charts at 450 (bottled is at around 50). RO=reverse osmosis.

My grandfather, as a young man, earned money by making his own water well drilling rig, and hiring it out.

It baffles me that the citizens of Flint, if they can’t get uncontaminated water from the local water system, don’t simply band together as communities and drill their own wells.

And if there are regulations against that, well here would be an excellent reason to practice practice organized civil disobedience.

It amazes me that so many people seem to be simply throwing up their hands and saying “There’s nothing we can do other than to buy bottled water for everything.”

You seem to have great misconceptions about the events that happened there. Sure they can drill wells but that’s not the point. When you buy food from your favorite store you have the expectation that that food is safe to eat…are we all supposed to open up labs in our garages to test everything we buy? Nova has a good documentary that cover the events, I suggest you give it a look…it’s worth it.

The City water was not contaminated. The lead came from the pipes in people’s own houses. The lead leached out of the pipes because the water was not treated with proper corrosion inhibitors. Drilling your own well would not solve that issue.

Watch the fricking documentary before posting crap like pipes were inside the homes…sure, some piping was inside but that’s a small part of the circuit. They are removing streets and sidewalks as we speak to remove these pipes…

Regardless of your screaming, the lead was not in the water, it was in the pipes already.

The pipes outside the houses before the meters were city owned…what’s your point?

BOTTLED WATER…,THE BIGGEST SCAM ON EARTH ! I got my own water ionizer filter machine that Makes Bottled Water Taste Like Sewer water…Bottled Water… l m a o ):…

Seems like a pointless machine to me, unless you like the taste of sewer water of course

Maybe for you, but I’m not a fan of Hex Chrome.

Saving the world, one gated community at a time! Who cares what is behind the gates.

I don’t really wish anyone to be out of a job but these guys suck. They basically force you to take an Uber from where you are to where they leave from. They then drive you to another major metro area and then you have to Uber again to your final destination. All in the name supposedly of offering environmentally transportation.

Hello for all their SoCal routes a bus or train is a heck of a lot more environmentally friendly and cheaper and even possibly quicker during traffic, along with the same need to Uber to the train station.

So for Mother Earths sake I hope they go out of business or at least just offer a LA to Vegas route where there isn’t an environmentally friendly transit option or I guess offer transportation on demand and pick you up wherever you are and drop you off where you need to go.

Tesloop doesn’t do door-to-door? Holy crap. I figured that was their #1 selling point.

As for bottled water, the only thing less environmentally friendly than putting water in plastic bottles is driving 400+ miles to go pick up those bottles and bring them back to your office. This kind of stuff just gives fuel to the EV haters.

200k miles and only 6% degradation is incredible… is this all due to the active cooling or it has also to do with battery chemistry? I was looking at used 500e and many of them have about 60% battery life left after only 3 years and some 20k miles…the difference is just too huge here.

Mainly two reasons:

1. Tesla has engineered its cars to “baby” the batteries, preserving battery life.

2. Tesla cars have significantly bigger battery packs than other BEVs (except the Bolt EV). Bigger packs don’t get cycled so often for the same number of miles, so degradation is less.

Come to think about it, my ex 99 lexus rx 300 had over 20% drop in mpg efficiency (22 to 17) over the 15 years i held the car. My current 13 lexus es 300h already has a 10% mpg drop after only 55k miles.
Another win for evs!

That’s beyond bizarre. I’ve monitored my MPG every fill-up for 40 years. I’ve had multiple cars for 10+ years and 100k+ miles. I’ve never seen ANY degradation, except:

– a ~2% drop (roughly 0.4 mpg) as TX switched to E10

– very noticeable drops when my older cars would malfunction (distributor, carburetor, etc.). MPG went right back up after repair.

How exactly you monitored your mpg for the last 40 years…that seems like a gross exaggeration coming from you. I know some parts can be a cause for decreasing mpg like the oxigen sensor on the RX300 but I’m not sure what could cause the loss on my ES.

I do the same thing. I check my fuel economy after every fillup. The result tells me if I need to pay more attention to either my driving or my car. Sometimes it’s me, other times the tires are low on air, and on occasion, the car goes to the repair shop. Checking fuel economy is the easiest way to know if your car in good running order.

Bigger batteries don’t get cycled as often and they also suffer lower C-rates. Batteries can last a very long time if you cycle them slowly

It was 100% degradation after 200k miles.

They said it was a software problem not a bettery problem…wasn’t it? Are you being philosophical here?

The fad is over and there are not enough riders willing to wait 1 hour at Barstow superharger.
The water bottles should enjoy the fantastic electric drive.

Yeah, those dummies should charge the car BEFORE picking up the riders! Get a brain morans!

If they do stop, 20 minutes will do…but you already knew that…what exactly are you doing here anyway?

I think he’s trying to give a bad name to trolling. 😉

He sucks so bad at it I wasn’t even aware he was trolling!

Tesloop had one 200,000 mile Model S have a complete battery failure with Tesla replacing the battery even though it was beyond warranty. The car said it had no battery power. Tesla claimed it was just a software glitch which is a bit implausible since Tesla immediately replaced the battery vs. performing the firmware change it claimed was the problem.

This also lead to Tesla restricting Super Charger rates for people who, like Tesloops, frequently use the Super Chargers for recharge while having deep discharges on the battery as that combo will accelerate battery degradation.

Tesla now slows down the charging if the car is being charged via the SuperChargers frequently.

“Tesla confirmed to the electric car blog that a Supercharger will limit charge rates if it notices the car’s battery pack’s composition has been affected because of repeated DCspeed-charging.

All totally consistent with lion tech batteries.

A long list of assumptions, don’t you think?

So… buying water and bringing it to your headquarters is now considered hauling freight? I mean, I’ve bought supplies for my workplace before so I guess my Volt has hauled freight too.

Seems odd that this would be allowed, running your business off free Supercharging. I’m suprised that Tesla doesn’t charge for things like this.

A taxi service that doesn’t pay for gas, expanding to a shipping company that doesn’t pay for the energy they use. Somebody is paying for it.

Nothing new here. There was a article on this website not long ago about a taxi company in Amsterdam (?) doing the same thing with MS. It should not be allowed.

Sorry, but this must be one of the most ridiculous articles I have read related to EV’s …. It does more disservice to the EV revolution than you think.