Model Y Tesla rental on Turo
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We offer a Model Y Long Range to rent
Model Y AWD Long Range
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490 KM range
Tones of space
400hp 0-60 in 4.6s
Awesome sound system
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Reasons why we love our Tesla
1. Great for the environment
2. Don’t pay oil companies for gas anymore
3. No real maintenance
4. The acceleration! All of them are super quick, way faster than most sports cars
5. Availability of fast recharge stations, they are everywhere!
Supercharging, the Tesla network is great, 150-250KW chargers. Compared to other energy providers like BCHydro, they only usually provide 50KW
The Range! You don’t need more than 400-500 km range! It’s not an issue!
6. Storage, remove that engine and gas tank, replace it with storage for you
7. Low centre of gravity, these handle great, and are way safer than ICE vehicles as they never roll over!
8. Auto pilot, I won’t own another car without this
9. Starting every day with a full charge! I never have to fast charge unless I’m on a trip
10. Tesla service, I’ve been in for a couple upgrades and repairs and it’s been stellar, affordable and quick
I never thought I’d buy an American made car. Until a brand new Toyota RAV4 left me on the side on the road in Costa Rica, then Tesla came along, it doesn’t seem like your typical American manufacturer. Everything about this car is different.
I live in Calgary and I own a Tesla that I also rent on Turo, I like theis car so much I want to share with other people to spread the word.
Our Tesla Model Y from 2020, Long range, AWD for my everyday car between both of these I save ~$500 a month in fuel costs.
EV Cost vs Fuel
I look back at gas cars and think, wow how do people think that EV’s are bad for the environment? Think of a typical full size sedan gas car, maybe one fill a week of 60L if you’re lucky
60L is around $82 in Calgary right now by the way.
3640L if you fill 52 times in a year (once per week like I do) works out to $4,243 a year
Plus oil changes at $100ea and any other repairs and regular maintenance to things like the cooling system, transmission, starters, alternators, belts, fuel pumps, water pumps, spark plugs, injectors, coil packs etc.
There are almost no moving parts in my Teslas, just the motors and the coolant systems for the motors / batteries that stay much cleaner as they are not passing through a combustion engine.
If you own a car for 5 years that’s $21,216 how many years do you plan on driving for? 10 years $42,432 straight to the oil companies pockets.
I chose to buy a Tesla and invest that $21,216 - $42,432 into equity in the car over those 10 years. Also saving other ICE vehicle related expenses.
For 10 years of driving for an ICE vehicle (internal combustion engine) they would burn around 36,400L of fuel in 10 years if you fill once a week.
An EV has maybe 60-70KG of actual lithium in the battery
Extracting enough oil from the ground to make 36,400L of gas (out of one barrel of oil extracted from the ground 46% can be gas), transporting it to refinery’s then back to your gas station (not to mention building all the mining, extracting and transporting equipment) and then burning all 36,000L
Extracting 70Kg of lithium and recharging it hundreds of times then recycling it is a no brainer arguement
The best thing about the lithium battery is that it is recyclable when the car reaches its end of its life which is Over 500,000 kms which most ICE engines will not go. Current methods allow 95% of materials to be recycled or re-used in other applications. So there is almost no waste here.
After 400,000 kms the battery still has up to 92% of it’s original capacity
Lithium batteries are what’s current today, there are breakthroughs everyday regarding new battery technology that use different materials to construct the batteries, often much simpler or more readily available materials are being substituted with better results in capacity and charging times. The future does look brighter.
I suspect we will see average ranges up to 800+ kms and recharge times cut in half in the next 5 years.
What about replacing a damaged battery? The whole battery doesn’t need to be replaced, banks can be replaced instead, they are grouped into clusters. Have a problem in one group? Just change that one out.
It’s like an ICE vehicle, if you have a problem with one piston, you don’t change the whole motor, just fix one cylinder.
Electricity is everywhere, no need to build pipelines, or use trains to transport it, no refining and delivering is needed.
Homes usually have at least 100amps coming in, 45amps of that can be used to charge the car, this is Level 2 charging around 40km/h.
The adoption of EV’s is gradual enough that the electricity companies will be able to fortify their grid to allow for more vehicles to be charging at the same time, I don’t suspect everyone will come home after work and charge their car at the exact same time, a common fear most people have about melting down the grid. Most people will charge overnight with scheduled charging.
If your commute is only 15-30 kms a day that can be recharged within two hours on a regular level 2 charger.
Condo owners or places with no charging infrastructure available may just be able to get away using 110 to charge that many KMs each day if there's a plug near your stall. Level 1 charging provides around 8 km/h so overnight that 15-30 you drove that day is back. If you need more, there are Level 2 chargers all over the place, charge while you’re at work, the mall, or grocery store.
When I leave town a hand full of times each year I find Tesla has installed Superchargers each 200 kms in any direction along major routes that I frequent, so if I want to go see my parents in Salmon arm BC, I stop once in Revelstoke and charge up for 25 mins and keep going. I would usually stop for lunch and change the baby for that long of a trip anyway, so it works out well. Not to mention the location of the Superchargers are usually near restaurants and shopping which is by design. So you have the choice, eat, check emails or play video games on the big screen.
In Salmon arm I can recharge at the new Supercharger there or at my parents house, they happen to have a stove plug in the garage so I can use my travel charger to fully charge overnight for almost free.
With supercharging being so efficient and cheap I suspect I’ll pay around $24 in charging fees. Compared to any other 750hp supercar, that would be at least a tank of premium each way, probably costing $250+ at todays gas prices. Or any regular car around $160!
Daily driving / SuperCharging
I never have to stop at a supercharger or plug in at a grocery store etc. The 400km range for everyday use is more than enough.
Overnight I set the charging schedule to start in the middle of the night and aim to be finished around 8am when I start my day, the car warms up and prepares for you to drive it at 8 with a full charge, and the energy used to warm it up comes from the house, not the battery because it's plugged in.
If my home wasn’t close to a substation I’d be able to install solar panels to that push back to the grid. Keeping a Tesla battery wall in my home would allow me to store energy during the day when the rates would be most expensive and charge my car at night when the battery wall is full, I could also power my home if there was any power interruptions from the main grid. Luckily in Canada we have really reliable power. Yes they are expensive, but there are lots of rebates and payment plans that make you think it’s not that much of a stretch. Furthermore, there are newer technologies coming out each day and prices are coming down as more people adopt this technology.
The Tesla difference
I love that I was able to upgrade some components in it like the main computer and add a factory wireless car charger. It helps keep the car current.
They have the most experience building electric cars out of all the manufacturers
They are pushing the envelope and trying new things all the time
The vast Supercharger network is another huge factor that sets Tesla apart. They are everywhere, every town every 200kms along major routes. They all work the same, no cards, accounts, apps etc. Just plug in and let it charge.
- There are more and more being installed every quarter
- Other chargers are few and far between, where you see one regular EV DC fast charge station you set 8-12 Tesla chargers.
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