Car sharing, a highly visible element of the emerging sharing economy, provides access to a car for an hour or day, without all the cost of ownership. According to a 2011 study by the University of California car sharing leads to the reduction of personal vehicles owned, and as a 2012 study found, takes a bite out of greenhouse gas emissions.
If you’ve been hesitant to take advantage of peer-to-peer car sharing because you’re not especially keen to borrow someone’s compact car or mini-van, Getaround has some delightful news for you: the all-electric Tesla S is now a member of the crowdsourced fleet.
Now, as a car sharing company, Getaround doesn’t work like Hertz or Enterprise. Because the fleet is comprised of privately-owned vehicles offered by people in your area, there’s no guarantee of selection. But if you live in the San Francisco Bay area, where most of Getaround’s members reside, you can get your hands on this spiffy Tesla S for a mere $20/hour.
The car sharing company now has more than 10,000 car owners who make their vehicles available for rent, most of which are in the $7 to $9 hour. So the Tesla S is in the upper tier of vehicles available via Getaround’s website and iPhone app, but hey, it’s not every day that you get to take a zero-emissions, Car of the Year for a spin, now is it?