Sustainable commuting in style!
No one can deny that driving becomes second nature when you live in a sprawling commuter city such as Los Angeles. The idea of getting into a car, yet again, just to head out of the city limits to a posh resort in the desert or fighting commuters en route to San Diego for a work trip becomes less and less appealing. Enter Tesloop, a new ride sharing service in a luxe Tesla SUV that whisks you away for work or fun to destinations such as Palm Springs and San Diego.
Tesloop doesn’t solely cater to Angelenos but also serves Phoenix, Tucson, and three major Texas cities (Dallas, Houston, and Austin). Having read so many online accolades about this rideshare, I had to see what all the hype was about. Begrudgingly, I agreed to a 5:30am pick-up time and thirty minutes before my ride, I was assigned a Tesloop Concierge, Darrell, who contacted me via text to ensure I was all set for my trip. And thank god Darrell contacted me, because I was having problems finding the exact pick-up location (which can only be expected on little sleep and no coffee).
Once I found the Tesloop car, I received a friendly greeting from the pilot, Dominic, as well as an introduction to my fellow passenger seated in the back of the car. (Note: Seat pricing is based on the location of your seat in the car as well as the time of day.) I was guided to the front seat for my short test drive and we were off to the next pick-up location before the trip headed east to Palm Springs, the final destination for this trip. I know electric cars are quiet but I had to ask if the car was even on before we started driving off and obviously, it was. As we got on to the freeway, Dominic explained a couple of the features of the car such as the Autopilot function, which is best when driving in the fast lane. This technology keeps the car in its own lane, steers the car and accelerates and decelerates when needed to keep a safe distance from the car in front.
At the start of the ride, Dominic rang Darrell via Skype who gave us an in-person orientation to the Tesloop service. Amenities included are: wi-fi, chargers for phones and tablets, seat heaters, noiseless headphones, neck pillows, as well as healthy snacks and drinks. Did someone say cold brew coffee? Finally, yes, please. I settled in as we arrived at the next pick-up location and parted ways.
Both of these two destinations are within the safe limit of miles that a Tesla can undertake until it needs to recharge — the electric cars are doing their part to help decrease air pollution. This sustainable transportation service is expected to increase business during the busy holiday season and the desert will be a popular destination. With 4 seats available in each car, carting around the family long distance just became one less of your holiday anxieties this season!