Arizona resident, Steve Sasman, must have been elated when he first purchased his brand new Tesla Model S just over four months ago. Sleek and streamlined, the performance luxury sedan is an exemplar of technology and innovation, capable of going 0-60mph in just about 4 seconds and traveling almost 300 miles nonstop without using a single drop of gasoline. That's right; this supercar is 100% powered by electricity and it's one of the first commercial attempts at such an eco-friendly high performance sports car in history. Tesla's flagship sedan has been a sensational success since its debut in 2012 and the company has been leading the charge in making hybrids and electric cars cool ever since.
The Model S, however, comes at a weighty cost, setting Steve back almost $120,000 for his, but the enthusiastic Tesla owner believes the car was well worth the tab. Like most new vehicle owners, Steve is excited to showcase his prized possession to the world and delights at the opportunity to share the luxury and gratifying splendor of his cherished automobile with others. Plus, he's been coming up with some creative ways to balance his books following the pricey purchase.
Giving New Meaning to an Efficiency Stay
When you think of a luxury car rental images of cruising down a smooth stretch of highway with the wind in your hair probably come to the forefront of your mind. What Steve Sasman pictured when he endeavored to rent out his high-end vehicle, however, didn't involve any driving at all.
The title of the online listing pretty much sums it up: "Sleep in World's 1st TESLA Hotel!"
In an offer that, to some, seems like it might just be crazy enough to work, Mr. Sasman opted to advertise the rental of his Model S's cabin as a "private room" where up to two guests can sleep "in climate controlled comfort all night". Touting the spacious interior and space-age styling of his Tesla, Steve makes his $85 per night offer seem too good to pass up.
"How often do you get to sleep in a $118,000 Electric Car?"
Most travelers could agree that they're rarely presented with the opportunity to slumber away a night in an upmarket electronic vehicle, but a more relevant question might be, "who would want to?"
Sure, guests are promised access to the amenities of Steve's condo, including his bathroom and kitchen, and a "full-size airbed that comes with linens" is included. According to Steve, "To sleep in it [his Tesla] one night is to give somebody a taste... They get to spend some time in the car, experience it without actually buying it." But does experiencing such a sporty vehicle really consist of simply sleeping in it? An offer akin to selling an airplane ticket for the opportunity to nap in a Boeing 747 cockpit without actually going anywhere has us skeptical that Mr. Sasman will have any success at all with his novel car/hotel concept. He reports that he hasn't had any customers just yet but remains hopeful that clientele will pour in following the online popularity of his ad.
Until that actually happens, though, most travelers will almost certainly rather spend their hard-earned dollars on more reasonable travel services: hotels and accommodations, convenient private chauffeur services, and car rentals in Europe that they can actually drive!