Although many gearheads are likely aware of the long relationship between the Hertz rental car company and the Ford Mustang, it also turns out that you can rent a growing number of supercars from Hertz—now including the Tesla Model S. Per Hertz, the high-performance luxury EV has joined its Dream Cars roster at facilities in the San Francisco and Los Angeles airports.
"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, chairman and CEO of the company. “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.”
Now, as you might guess, the cost of renting a Tesla Model S will be a bit higher than for your typical mass-market sedan. The starting point here is $400 per day, with an allowance of 75 miles per day and drivers paying 49 cents per mile after that. But it’s a surprisingly good bargain compared to the rest of Hertz’s Dream Carslineup, offered at 35 locations across the United States, as detailed on the following page.
Tesla Model S: The Dream Car Value
At first glance, paying $400 a day to rent a Tesla Model S may not strike readers as a value proposition, but here’s how that pricing compares to some of the other current choices on the Hertz Dream Car roster (pricing and availability subject to change at any time):
- Porsche Boxster—$250 per day
- Tesla Model S—$400 per day
- Mercedes-Benz SL550—$400 per day
- Porsche 911—$450 per day
- Nissan GT-R—$600 per day
- SRT Viper—$750 per day
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe/Convertible—$950 per day
- Audi R8 Coupe/Convertible—$950 per day
- Bentley Continental GT V8—$1,200 per day
- Ferrari G430 Spider—$1,200 per day
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe/Roadster—$1,200 per day
Also, most of those entries charge $3 per mile for exceeding the 75-mile daily limit, and require drivers to pay for premium fuel. The cost of putting gasoline in the Tesla Model S is always $0, of course, since it’s powered solely by electricity. And when it comes to power, the car offers plenty.
The specific Tesla Model S being offered by Hertz will rely on the automaker’s 85-kWh battery, which delivers an EPA-certified all-electric driving range of 265 miles. Also notable: The rental vehicles will be compatible with Tesla’s new Supercharging system that enables a 50 percent charge—good for a triple-digit driving range—in about 30 minutes. But at the same time, drivers will enjoy true sport-sedan performance, with the equivalent of 362 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque delivering a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds and top speed of 125 mph.
For more information about renting the one of the Hertz Dream Cars, visit the aptly named www.HertzDreamCars.com—just remember to come back to Autobytel.com before actually buying one.