Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Three Hills/Trochu, Alberta, Canada
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Couple of weeks ago Laura and I were in TO, wanted to drive to Niagara Falls.
Starting phoning around “normal” car rental shops, sold out!
Hmm, poor planning, Remembrance Day weekend!
Thought, goggle high end car rentals in Toronto.
BMW, Lexus, Audi...then, Tesla P100D. Hmm, wonder.
A site called TURO puts you in contact with people that want to rent their own vehicles directly to you.
Andrew was the gentleman's name, some sort of a high end real estate investor.
180,000$ car and your the only instruction was, “It’s over there”.
100 means 100 kilowatt (KW) battery, D means double motor rear wheel drive.
The front wheels are driven by a third motor.
In the US P100D has Standard, Ludicrous and Enhanced Ludicrous modes, just increasing levels of acceleration.
Enhanced Ludicrous is a standing setup which either cools or warms the battery first to allow highest rate discharge available to put the car in the 2’s 0-100 km making it the hardest accelerating mass produced vehicle on the planet 0 to 100.
However...for a reason not known to me, Tesla in Canada only allows Standard and...wait for it...Chill! Never tried Chill, lol.
Reguardless, I’ve driven fast motorcycles and snowmobiles and even without Ludicrous the P100D is the acceleration champ.
But that not what impressed me the most.
At normal highway cruising the car used 200 watts per km. And keep in mind electric cars use LESS energy in the city per km unlike the Dino powered cousins.
So, at my current power price of 0.05$ a KW, 0.01$ per km.
Let’s compare that with my normal F-150 ride, my glorified grocery hauler.
14 L/100 km, about 1.20 lately, 0.168$’s per km.
16.8 times the cost. Interesting.
Instant heat into the cabin is really neat, it sat at 0 for three hours then we drove as well.
This rented for the day, 500 km included, it had 525 km of charge when we took it, returned it with 140.
Any guesses what the total cost was of my little research project?