Tesla-Only Car Service Drives Into Town

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 12:42:08-04

An electric car service has rolled into town, promising only luxury vehicles and no price surging.

Right now when you open an app and call for a ride, it would be almost unheard of for your driver to pull up in a Tesla Model S.

Singer-songwriter Will Hoge decided to change that.

"It just seemed like an idea this city was ready for," Hoge said. "As a native Nashvillian [I'm] trying to figure out how we could help ease some of the transportation burden."

His six-car fleet launched 12 weeks ago and has been growing quickly. With Nashville Electric Transportation, Tesla is the only make the company will use.

Driver Chris Hansen ditched a traditional ride share gig for this. Monday he invited us for a spin.

"It's so much more fun," he said, "I'm also not putting the miles and the wear and tear on my vehicle," said Hansen.

Like Uber and Lyft, you call for a driver through the NET Booking app, but NET works with appointments scheduled at least 30 minutes, and often days, ahead of time.

"It's much more of a black car service," Hoge said.

The minimum charge is $8, and the cost rises for both distance and time.

So how much is it? We mapped from downtown to the airport. The ride totaled $24 dollars.

You can also rent the car, driver included, for $65/hour.

NET is not about to displace traditional ride share like Uber and Lyft with their on-demand service and ultra-cheap prices.

But Hoge said that's not the point.

"If you're wanting a night out with your husband or wife or you're a company that is having issues with parking downtown, we are a company you can come to," he said.

Drivers go through FBI background checks and receive professional training.

NET also offers concierge service, which can be anything from a bottle of wine to a breakfast sandwich waiting for you in the car upon request.

NET is also currently hiring more drivers.

To schedule a car, search for the Net Booking app in your app store.