Want to experience a Tesla Model S without paying tens of thousands of dollars to buy one? Hertz, one of the largest car rental companies in the world, announced on Thursday that they've added both the Model S and the Tesla Roadster to their Dream Cars fleet at selected airports.
Hertz's Dream Cars, available at airports in 35 cities, is a line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience. So far the Dream Cars have included the likes of the Aston Martin V8, Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, Cadillac CTS-V, or the Lamborghini Gallardo.
The Tesla Model S will be available in California, at the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports. Hertz has five Teslas in total between the two airports, with rental prices starting at about $500 a day. The Tesla Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle.
Hertz chose the 85 kilowatt-hour version of the Model S. It has a 265 mile EPA rated electric driving range and a 0-60 miles/hr time of about 4.2 seconds.
In California, the region between Los Angeles and San Francisco has the most complete (so far) build-out of the Tesla Supercharger infrastructure. There are 9 Supercharger stations in California today, with a total of 21 slated to be completed by the end of the Fall 2013. The Supercharger stations can completely recharge a Model S in under an hour, making it the first electric car that can credibly be used on proper road trips. A Hertz Dream Car Model S customer will still be able to drive wherever they desire in California.
"Customer and industry support for Hertz's Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. "The ability to offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers is a thrill, and the addition of this vehicle shows the passion we have in offering the best and most diverse fleet to our customers."