Last Updated on October 25, 2021 by Michael

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Want to rent a Tesla? Maybe you are curious about driving an electric car. Or perhaps you want to see if the driving experience lives up to its hype. Whatever your motivation, it’s easier to rent a Tesla now that more firms are including these cars in their fleets.

Hertz is Number One for Renting a Tesla

One rental car company stands out as the best place to rent a Tesla. Just ask Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is now plugging Teslas for Hertz, which now boasts the largest electric vehicle (EV) rental fleet in North America and one of the largest in the world. The company has made an initial order of 100,000 Teslas by the end of 2022 and has announced new EV charging infrastructure across the company’s global operations.

Hertz is the first rental car company to make a significant commitment to EVs and its investment in the necessary charging infrastructure will encourage renters to take advantage of this growing trend in a major way. EVs will eventually comprise more than 20 percent of the Hertz global fleet.

Hertz is going to be offering the Tesla Model 3 at Hertz airport and neighborhood locations in U.S. major markets and select cities in Europe. The Model 3 is clearly the EV to beat these days, as the best-selling electric car in history, and has just become the first electric vehicle to top monthly sales of new cars in Europe, as reported by Bloomberg News. With a standard range of 262 miles, it will meet the average renter’s needs. Best of all, renters don’t need to worry about paying for gas with an EV rental. 

Since Hertz is installing thousands of chargers throughout its location network, customers who rent a Model 3 will have access to 3,000 Tesla supercharging stations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Hertz plans to have a combination of Level 2 and DC fast charging in approximately 65 markets by the end of 2022, and in more than 100 markets by the end of 2023.

Where Else to Rent a Tesla

You can rent a Tesla from Enterprise through its Exotics division, as well as through National, Avis and Sixt. It must be said, however, that for each of these companies, the supply of Teslas is often limited to only a few major airport locations.

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In addition, the car-sharing platform Turo offers the opportunity to rent from Tesla owners. A story in Business Insider recounts a positive experience of renting a Tesla through Turo.

Other local companies, such as Tesloop in Southern California and WhiteCar in the U.K., also offer the option to book a Tesla.

Incidentally, Tesloop has served as a long-term test bed for Tesla, which had decided upon an eight-year, infinite mile warranty. Much of the Tesloop fleet travels between 17,000 and 20,000 miles per month, shuttling between various sites (either with a Tesloop employee driver or a renter driving). And while Tesloop has the highest-mileage Tesla vehicles on the planet, the company does offer the cheapest option to drive a Tesla vehicle on the Los Angeles to San Diego loop.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Tesla?

Renting a Tesla is not cheap. It’s common to see rates over $200 per day, after taxes. Yet renters may find that the rental rate is only a part of an expensive drive. After all, with an MSRP over $100,000, neither your personal auto insurance nor credit card rental car damage waiver—even the paid options from American Express—likely cover exotic vehicles or exceptionally expensive vehicles. In other words, you will likely need to purchase insurance coverage that you might ordinarily be able to waive with a less exotic car.

What to Know About Driving a Rented Tesla

If you’re used to driving a traditional gas-fueled car, there are a few things to know about Teslas. For starters, almost all functions can controlled via the key fob or onboard panel. The vehicles are exemplary in the use of cutting-edge technology.

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Finding charging stations has become much easier in the past few years. If you’re planning to rent a Tesla for a long road trip, you need to plan where to recharge at Tesla Supercharger sites. After all, it can take up to an hour to fully recharge the battery of an electric vehicle if you start on empty. Timing your charges to coincide with meals is a smart strategy. During a trip, the vehicle needs to be recharged to continue operation (and recharged before returning, otherwise the rental car company may impose a fee).