Getaround is a car sharing service like Zipcar, except that it uses people's private vehicles instead of a fleet. It's a bit like AirBnB for cars. Getaround is part of the "collaborative consumption" movement, which believes that if we could share things we don't use most of the time it would be better for us in a lot of ways. Sharing cars means less cars on the road, which means less pollution, and generally less "stuff."
I'd never used Getaround and a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out why. I pinged Jessica, one of the founders, and told her that what I'd realized was that I didn't want to have to go to someone's house and "borrow" their car. The thought of actually interacting with the owner of a car was awkward enough that it had kept me from trying the service.
Jessica told me about a new type of rental they now have called "Instant," where I can use the Getaround mobile app to rent a car instantly and unlock it with my phone, meaning I wouldn't have to meet the owner or wait for approval. (This dovetails really well into my recent blogs about the power of mobile and apps to transform businesses, and how Fortune 1000 CEOs are going to get fired for missing it.) Getaround Instant was exactly what I was looking for, so my brother-in-law Dal and I decided to give it a try.
I had a few hiccups that Getaround is still working through (for example, Getaround verifies a driver's driving history with the DMV in real-time, and since my last name has a hyphen in it, but the DMV doesn't account for hyphens, my rental request initially broke Getaround's booking system. But both Jessica and Matt were very proactive at resolving these speed bumps). Overall the process was incredibly smooth:
Side note: I'm a huge fan of Tesla and the Model S, and the opportunity to actually drive one for just $25/hr was what got me to try Getaround. If you'd like to learn more about the Model S you can check out this blog I wrote about a Tesla factory tour I took and this blog I wrote about how I bought TSLA stock because I believe in the founder, Elon Musk.
I also got Getaround to offer my readers a special coupon. Use code "drodio25" to get $25 off a rental, for up to 25% off the total rental bill. The code is good through June 15th, 2013.
The Model S is an incredible car. I mean, truly incredible. Before you go out and by a new car, rent one from Getaround first, so you can experience it. I personally am going to have a very hard time going back to gasoline vehicles after having experienced the Tesla.
Here are a few videos of my experience, with pictures below that:
Part 1: Unlocking the Model S
Part 2: Starting it up
Part 3: Insane torque
Part 4: Accelerate!
Here are a few pictures of the rental.
hey what a nice car ! I would like to rent for prom. is it possible im in Miami
$25 per HOUR!? Yeah the "mobile revolution" is great, for upper class people with money to burn. But this or Uber etc cost way to much for us regular folk to use on a regular basis.
What if you want to rent it for longer then just a day. How would you recharge?
It looks aerodynamic too. Do you know what the 0-60 sec. time is? You are a groundbreaking guru. Is that service available in SoCal?
Does it have air suspension and does the coupon have 25 dollar off rental?
Thanks for sharing your experience (and your AMAZING photos) Daniel! And thank you for letting us share your post on our blog as well:
Thanks for the article! I always hear car pooling being suggested for transportation, but had never heard of this!
Love the GetAround business model. And love it more now with a Tesla Model S on board. Great review all the way around. I'm waiting for a ZipCar model to appear with an all Tesla Model S line up some where. What do you think?
*You should license some of your photos to GetAround or Tesla. Great stuff.
Got a good belly laugh from the photos of you at the gas station!
Thanks for the coupon... I want try Getaround now, especially if I can book a Tesla (any one of them) in the DC area (in all my "free time"... got three kids now so that's kinda low).
Do it if you can. You'll never want to go back to a gasoline powered car!
Daniel, The article this link connects to discusses
"adoption" of Electric based on leasing the battery.
That would reduce the acquisition PRICE of the
Moto-Carriage and the COST of 'SUN LIGHT FUEL'
transferred to the TESLA BATTERY NETWORK.
instead of Shell,Exxon or BP.
But without uniform standards it is just a captive market.
Edison won that game and Tesla was relegated to obscurity
in the "He who writes history wins" game. Any wonder
that the "Rock Squeezers" are squeezing the last penny
out of us and the Earth ?
This weekend, Telsa held an exclusive Model X preview for reservation holders. As the CEO of a mobile startup, I have mad respect for Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla. Here's a guy who, after starting and selling PayPal, started not one, but two companies with prescient timing: Tesla and SpaceX. As gas heads towards $5/gallon (with the imminent threat of shooting up higher) and the US retires its Space Shuttle program, Elon's two startups are positioned perfectly. For more background on Tesla, take a look at the blog post I wrote after touring the Tesla Factory.
Critics are raving over the Model X. As someone who's passionate about cars & motorcycles and hopeful for the future of electric vehicles that perform as well or better than their fossil fuel burning brethern, I was originally a reservation holder for the Model S. When I saw the Model X, I immediately swapped my reservation out. Now I'm #486 on the list for a Model X. You can get a reservation of your own here -- it's a $5k refundable deposit. Your only risk, really, is that Tesla doesn't stay viable as a company, but as someone in the tech industry, I really believe in Elon, his vision, and his ability to execute. I'm willing to take that risk.
Recently a bunch of analysts have put out some really lowball price targets for Tesla Motors stock (currently trading at 139$ down from 155$ a few days back). One of them even gave off a price target of 50$ despite the fact that the company just blew away Q2 projected loss by actually making a profit. The negative criticism from a bunch of wall street analysts is there calling the stock overheated, overstretched, over-whatever etc.. just google 'TSLA stock'. Sure the spike to 155 did not last long and was a bit exaggerated but this was followed by a dip to as low as 138 today. 138 - it's pessimistic value a week before even BEFORE news of the projected loss into profit became public last week. All in all wtf mate? If everyone else can put out lowball figures based on their analyses then it's time for me to have my own day in the sun as well!!! 25-45$ was the price of Tesla stock for 2-3 years BEFORE IT EVEN MADE ANYTHING TANGIBLE. How does one come up with 50$ as their price target? Hell would freeze over, thaw, then freeze again if we hit 50 anytime soon that isn't a major bankruptcy event for the company. If you want to put out lowball 50-60-86$ lowball figures then just tell the truth - you think the company will belly flop and go bankrupt like all the other EV companies. Don't insult our intelligence with your chicken little valuations. Financial trolling at it's finest :D (and ironically they will claim it's not trolling it's the truth - and I agree - I've been labelled a troll for speaking my truth before). Anyways Ford and GM and all the other auto companies have 20-30$ stocks because yeah they went bankrupt or close to it in case anyone forgot (back when 'too big to fail' was a meme). Totally different game and all but enough of that - time to play karmic mirror again... Time for the most oddly practical and unscientific analysis of Tesla stock to date (well hopefully so as many analyses seem to have come close with their SOLE focus on x cars this x cars that...) It is time to...
BEAT THE BURRITO
My valuation of Tesla Motors in the future will be a price above and beyond $404.64. How did I come up with such an exact valuation for a price target to beat? Consider the figure below: