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Tesla Model S Loaners For Tesla Model S Owners, Elon Musk Says

 
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Loaners cars are now routinely provided by luxury carmakers when their customers have cars in for servicing.

Now Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is joining the crowd, providing Model S luxury sports sedans to its Model S (and Roadster) owners while their cars are in the shop.

But according to CEO Elon  Musk, these aren't just any Model S: All the loaners will be the top-end, most luxurious Model S Performance version with the 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack and punchier acceleration than lesser models.

Road testers have logged the Tesla Model S Performance accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (the original factory quote was 4.6 seconds).

That's a number that exceeds most luxury sedans on the market today, although to be fair, repeated use of that acceleration is likely to have a negative effect on the car's EPA-rated range of 265 miles.

Musk discussed the loaner plan in an interview with USA Today, in which he also promised that Tesla employees would drop the temporary Model S cars wherever the customer requested--rather than requiring the owner to bring the car in to a Tesla service center.

Initially, the loaner fleet will number about 80 vehicles spread among Tesla's 21 current service centers.

The fleet will expand as Tesla opens more stores and service centers across the country; the company lists another 13 service centers as "coming soon."

Musk noted that the idea for luxury loaners hadn't originated with Tesla. He attributed it, instead, to Toyota's luxury brand Lexus.

But a top-of-the-line loaner--nicer, in many cases, than the Model S that's in for service--is certainly a step up from hearing the service guy yell, "Hey, Manny, whadda we got in the back for this guy?"

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Comments (8)
  1. "...to be fair, repeated use of that acceleration is likely to have a negative effect on the car's EPA-rated range of 265 miles.". That sentence struck me as the funniest thing I read all morning. Is there any Tesla owner or prospective Tesla owner that doesn't know continuous driving like a maniac will negatively affect their range? If you wanted to be super-fair you might have mentioned the negative effect on their drivers license.
     
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  2. This sentence reads like Tesla is an exception, and only it will see a diminished EPA rating.
    Any car, ICE or electric, will see diminished EPA ratings - not just the Tesla.
    I completely agree, that was one of the funniest things i have read all morning.
    Whhhaaaa??
     
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  3. this comment is disingenuous and you have derailed my attempts to overlook it. ;)
     
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  4. @Norm: This site does have readers who are NOT Tesla Model S owners, y'know ... :)
     
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  5. A fair observation, John. Let me revise my comment -
    "Driving any motorized vehicle like a maniac may suddenly reduce the range of it and it's driver to zero.". Yes, much better.
     
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  6. Providing a top-of-the-line loaner, rather than a bottom-barrel loaner? Nice touch.
     
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  7. And typically Tesla - yet another reason for the NADA to get its knickers in a twist at Tesla's selling model.
     
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  8. Yep, then ya hear 'em hollerin, "Hey Manny we really need ta get the 'sociation ta sue these Tesla guys agin."
     
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