buying: Uber/Hertz Deal Will Put 50,000 Tesla Model 3 Rental Cars into Ride-Sharing Fleet

Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta 10 could roll out as early as next week

  Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta 10 could roll out as early as next week Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweets that Beta 10 of the company's driver-assistance software might only be a week away.The ambitiously named Tesla Full Self-Driving technology is not currently capable of actual full self-driving. Recently, at its AI Day event, Tesla demonstrated its progress towards full autonomy and gave us a peek behind the scenes at how it's working to speed up autonomous driving development. During the event, Musk was bullish that his tech would eventually be better than the average driver.

Uber drivers can pay $334 a week to rent a Tesla from Hertz in a pilot program expected to expand across the U.S. by 2023. © Uber Uber drivers can pay $334 a week to rent a Tesla from Hertz in a pilot program expected to expand across the U.S. by 2023.
  • Uber has announced it is partnering with Hertz to offer 50,000 Tesla EVs as rentals for ride-sharing drivers over the next two years.
  • The pilot program will start November 1 in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., but will expand to other U.S. cities
  • Hertz just agreed to purchase more than $4 billion for 100,000 Tesla Model 3 cars in a deal announced Monday.

Uber Technologies issued an announcement today that it will offer Teslas to its ride-sharing drivers to rent for a flat monthly fee that will include insurance and maintenance costs. The company will source the Teslas, which Reuters reported will be "mostly" Model 3 cars, from rental giant Hertz. Hertz itself just inked a deal to buy 100,000 Teslas to add to its rental fleet by the end of next year.

Tesla makes up over half of all EV registrations in US this year through August

  Tesla makes up over half of all EV registrations in US this year through August A whopping 63% of all EVs registered through August were Teslas.Registrations of the Model Y tallied 105,445 vehicles in the first eight months, with the Model 3 showing 80,681 cars. The Bolt EV is a distant third with 22,799. The Ford Mustang Mach-E, while in fourth, makes an impressive showing after just one model year, however, with 15,938 registered. The Model S ranks ninth behind the Porsche Taycan.

Uber had previously stated it would transition to becoming an EV-only service by 2030 in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. It also started a Zero Emissions Incentive program that rewards drivers who use EVs by paying them $1 more per trip, up to a maximum of $4000 a year. The Teslas will also qualify to be called Uber Green or Uber Comfort rides, which charge riders a premium.

  Uber/Hertz Deal Will Put 50,000 Tesla Model 3 Rental Cars into Ride-Sharing Fleet © Uber

The pilot program will start in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., starting on November 1. Hertz will make the total 50,000 Teslas available to Uber drivers by 2023, Uber's statement said. Initially, drivers who rent the EVs will be charged $334 per week, which will include insurance and maintenance costs, but the price will drop to $299 "or lower" later. To apply, drivers must have a 4.7 or higher rating and have completed at least 150 trips with Uber.

Hertz Orders 100,000 Teslas for Its Rental Fleet

  Hertz Orders 100,000 Teslas for Its Rental Fleet Hertz is buying 100,000 Teslas for its rental fleet, with the first vehicles due next month. Here's why this is a big deal for the auto industry. Tesla will supply Hertz with 100,000 cars before the end of 2022, in the single largest EV order for a rental giant, in what the company called an "initial order."Tesla's stock market value rose above $1 trillion for the first time on news of the massive order, one expected to be fulfilled with the help of Berlin and Austin factories.

Uber already has programs to encourage drivers to use an electric vehicle in their work. The service's website offers an $8000 rebate for purchase of a 2021 Nissan Leaf or $8000 for a 2022 Nissan Leaf, in addition to EV tax credits. Uber also offers $2500 rebates for purchase or lease of a 2021 Chevy Bolt EV, in addition to deals the buyer can get from the Chevrolet dealer or GM. Uber drivers can also rent an unspecified EV from Avis for $260 a week, with a fee of $65 a week for unlimited charging.

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Tesla Model S steering yoke is mandatory, says Musk .
The highly polarizing and kind of dumb steering setup on the recently redone Model S is all you get.Actually, you can't, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday, which was reported on by Electrek. That's right; there will be no option for a regular wheel, which we suspect is something that will turn off a lot of prospective customers. We also suspect that retrofitting one from an earlier S or X will be difficult, if not impossible.

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