posted on December 12th, 2015

Get there fast then take it slow

Throughout December, we’re showcasing some of the sweetest cars that Turo owners have to offer with our “12 cars of Christmas” blog series. Start ticking cars off your must-drive bucket list, or get inspired to rent out your killer ride and share the love with other car aficionados.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of driving a Tesla, you know it’s tough to go back to a car with a regular combustion engine. Tesla owner Shawn P. bought his first Tesla in June of 2014 and never looked back — until he went to Maui on vacation and couldn’t find an electric option for rent.

“So we thought, what if we shipped it over to Hawaii,” he recalls, “so we can use it while we’re there,” (he usually spends about 30 days per year on Maui with his family), “and then rent it out to other people when we’re not there?”

And that’s exactly what he did — and his was the first Tesla for rent on Maui.


Since shipping it to Hawaii from Southern California where he lives the rest of the year, he and his guests have taken it everywhere. “The car has enough battery to go around the whole island, all the way up to Haleakala, on a single charge,” he said. Some travelers have even taken it on the fabled road to Hana.


“It gives everyone a little bit of happiness. To be there in that scenery and to drive those roads with no car noise is pretty extraordinary,” he reflects. And “the Tesla community just swoons over it; it’s decked out to the nines,” and has as much storage space as a Jeep Wrangler.


“And there are charging stations all over the island,” he said. People sometimes worry about running out of juice, but with a 270-mile range and charging stations all over the island, drivers are never far from a charge.


Shawn is enthusiastic about renting out his Tesla to other visitors to the island — not only does he get to share his cherished car and way of life, but he also gets to share one of his favorite travel destinations.

If you’re planning an island getaway, try going all-electric with Shawn’s super luxurious, super quiet, and super beautiful red Tesla Model S.

Megan is the copywriter and content tsarina at Turo. She lives to wander near and far, never met a beach (or dog) she didn’t like, and loves to talk postmodern lit and theory to anyone who’ll listen.