A Tesla becomes Uber driver’s cash cow

Credit: It’s Kim Java

A new Tesla owner who drives for Uber shared his thoughts on driving 120,000 miles per year and getting his new Tesla.

It’s Kim Java interviewed her friend, Dobson, who drives over 300 miles a day for six days a week. He’s been driving for most of the decade in his Toyota Camry.

The costs of maintaining his vehicle and fuel add up to $2,000 per month. He has to pump gas every other day and get an oil change every other week. However, this is about to change.

Dobson Gets A Tesla

Kim and her family met Dobson when she had to use Uber for various trips. She’d been telling him for years that he needs to get a Tesla. Since electric vehicles don’t require gas or oil changes, Dobson would save at the very least the amount of money he was spending on maintenance.

Dobson shared that he had a talk with PJ, Kim’s husband, around five years ago.

“And the funny thing is each time he comes in my car, he wants to see how many miles I have done.”

PJ pointed out that Dobson could have driven to the moon and back with the number of miles he’s done on his car.

One problem was the price. Tesla’s are premium vehicles but PJ pointed out that over time, the price would balance out with the savings. Kim and her family encouraged their friend over the years and her video is day one of Dobson’s new life as a Tesla owner.

Another concern that Dobson had was that he wanted a work car and not a luxury car for driving for Uber. People get in and out of the cars and have luggage, groceries, or other packages and over time, this could damage the vehicle.

So I understand his reasoning completely.

399,000 & 277,000 miles on 2 different vehicles

Dobson put around 399,000 miles on his Toyota Camry. Upon reaching such high mileage, he purchased another one and ended up with 277,000 miles.

Dobson was inspired to buy the Tesla by a combination of things including the education and support from Kim and her husband. Other issues he brought up were the oil and gas prices.

And then Uber began sending Dobson messages Uber told him that he could rent a Tesla for less per week than what he was spending on gas which was $450.

This inspired Dobson to figure out which would be better: renting a Tesla through Uber from Hertz or buying his own Tesla, which he opted to do. The $900 per month car note is a lot less than the fuel costs for a month.

The Uber & Hertz Partnership will help a lot of drivers switch to EVs

Dobson’s story is not only inspiring, but it shows just how vital Uber and Hertz’s partnership is for drivers who want a Tesla but can’t afford one. You can watch Kim’s full video below.

Although Dobson didn’t rent his Tesla from Hertz, it was Uber’s message inviting him to rent a Tesla to save on gas that led him to make the switch from ICE to electric.

Johnna Crider: Johnna Crider is a Baton Rouge writer covering Tesla, Elon Musk, EVs, and clean energy & supports Tesla's mission. Johnna also interviewed Elon Musk and you can listen here
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