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?