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How to Get a Tesla Model S for FREE, No Kidding

tesla model s rent 300x199 How to Get a Tesla Model S for FREE, No KiddingGetaround, a car sharing service in San Francisco, just got one member renting his Tesla Model S for $20 an hour, a little more than you’d pay for a regular gas car (well, more than double, but at least no gas is involved).

The SF startup already has another user renting his Tesla Roadster for $60.

At a first glance, you’d say: ‘what are these guys thinking?’ But you never know what their financial troubles are, or how they intend to recover the $100k spent on that car… Maybe they think that by renting it the car is practically covering its own price… and here’s my calculus:

Take 8 hours a day of continuous driving… the guy says ‘no more than 20 miles/hour,’ which means 160 miles per day, at most(!). That specific car can do 200+ miles on a charge. Multiply a day’s revenue by 30 (the number of days in a month) and you get $4,800.

About the risky part. Now not just anyone needs to ride an electric car these days. I’m sure a homeless dude or some other type of unfit individual wouldn’t be curious to spend $20 just to trash it, so I guess the geek-types won’t be punishing the Model S much. Moreover, there’s a log in this car and the guy who drove it can be billed afterwards.

Let’s get back to the calculus: $4,800 a month means that in 1.7 years (say two) the owner will get his $100k back and the car is his for free. Indeed, it’s just like a second-hand luxury car, but with a bit of investment it can be refurbished to look and act like new, even if the tires are scuffed and the thing has a few scratches here and there. An electric motor (the AC type, at least) doesn’t wear out – it only has one moving part. And the battery warranty is 8 years. What else?

Considering these, it would be nice if someone made a website dedicated to electric car sharing, where people with a bank loan can get an EV for free in about two years… now that would be neat.

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Ovidiu has always been a fan of technology and Captain Planet. Unable to ignore the technical possibilities that exist nowadays, he started collecting and blogging about the most interesting news out there and saw that there were a lot of people interested in the same that stuff he was.