Rent Mel’s 2010 Tesla Roadster in Arlington, VA | Turo
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Tesla Roadster2010

6 trips
2 doors
2 seats

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8 tripsJoined Jun 2017
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Drive a part of history! This is the one that started it all, the same car that Elon Musk and Space X launched into space in Feb 2018 – but this one remains terrestrial. Experience the sensation of an electric roller coaster in the most fun ride you’ll ever get behind. 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport, with upgraded Xenon headlights and carbon fiber interior. 0-60 mph in 3.7 sec., with a 180 mile range. This car is perfect for a night on the town, or a weekend stroll through VA or MD wine country. (For shopping trips to Costco or driving cross country, you may prefer a Model X instead). Attend cars and coffee in a truly unique and exotic ride. Impress clients at that open house. Or – win Halloween this year as you dress up in your Starman costume and pull up in this Roadster. Whatever you do, you’ll find this car to be super easy and fun to drive. Use this URL to sign up with Turo and get $25 off your first trip:


This exclusive car has additional safety checks for guests under 30.


Must be 25+ to book
Automatic transmission
EV / Hybrid
Audio input
USB input
Heated seats
Leather seats
Xenon headlights
Carbon fiber interior
Removable soft targa top
Apple CarPlay
Rear backup camera

Parking details

There is metered street parking and several pay garages, including at 1722 Wilson Blvd. (cost is $5/hour or $11/day).


No pets, eating/drinking, or smoking please. $200 cleaning fee for any of these.


  • Can the Roadster use Tesla Superchargers?
    NO!!!!! Nein! Non! Não! 不! Although the Tesla adapter looks like it will fit a Supercharger plug, this car does not have the hardware for DC charging. Doing so will have catastrophic consequences! You will, however, be able to use Tesla destination chargers (ie, hotels, some restaurants, etc.), as well as the public standard J1772.
  • What is the driving range?
    Nominally, about 180 miles, depending primarily on driving style. Range is dependent on various factors, including driving speed, climate control energy usage, road conditions, ambient temperatures, etc. (but primarily speed). If you can somehow keep the car under 30mph at all times, you can able to travel over 300 miles on a single charge. But if you want to have some fun with the car (safely of course, under speed limits) then 150 miles is probably a good rule of thumb.
  • What kind of charging options are there?
    The car comes equipped with a 2nd generation Tesla Universal Mobile Connector (UMC), with plug adapters for NEMA 14-50 and regular 110V. The UMC requires a Roadster to Tesla UMC adapter (provided). Also included is a J1772 to Roadster adapter. Upon request, I can also provide a direct Roadster to NEMA 14-50 cable - if you have access to 14-50 - but be advised it's a rather large cable (ie, it's better to leave it in the garage for the duration of the rental). NOTE: this car does NOT use Tesla DC supercharging, but can use destination charging and J1772. Ideally you will have a garage and/or place to charge at night – otherwise this rental may be less practical over several days. If not, I can work with you to see what your needs are and try to accommodate with a solution.
  • Where can I charge it?
    If you don't have it already, I recommend downloading the Plugshare app for your phone ( This will provide a map of the closest charging stations to you, along with status and published rates (if any). You'll find a decent amount of coverage in the DMV area.
  • How long does it take to charge?
    Depends on what you plug into. Rough time to charge from empty battery to full: - Tesla HPC (Destination charging, 80A): 3 hours - NEMA 14-50 (50A): 4.5 hours - 110V (regular wall outlet, 15A): 24 hours - J1772 (30A): 6 hours However, typically you'll plug it in at the end of the day, instead of waiting when the battery is drained. Think of it like your cell phone. In this case, let's say you drive 50 miles, then plug in. Using NEMA 14-50, it will take about 1.5 hours charge to full, or 8 hours using 110V.
  • How much does it cost to charge?
    Again, it depends on what you plug into. Let's say you drive 50 miles then plug into your 110V outlet at home. Assuming $0.12/kwh residential rates for electricity, and charge overnight while you sleep, this may cost you about $1.80. However if you use public charging stations, many times these are free (ie, at restaurants, public garages, etc.). Otherwise they may charge a few dollars per session, or something like $1.50/hour - it simply depends on the owner of the charging station. Prices should be listed on Plugshare.
  • Are there discounts for Tesla owners or existing EV owners?
    Yes!!! Due to a small amount of EV education involved (charging protocols, etc.), if you are new to electric vehicles I will go over charging 101 with you. If you already have this knowledge, then I will offer a discount for helping me save time.
  • Can I fit in this thing?
    Note that unless you've spent time in a Lotus Elise/Exige, this might be the smallest car you've ever sat in. (It's still safe though, with an aluminum tub and carbon fiber roll bar and body panels). Because of its size, anyone taller than 6'4" or more than 260 lbs. may not be comfortable. (I'm 5'8", 240 lbs. and I fit with no problems).
  • Does this car work on Mars?
    We shall see.
  • Can I valet this car?
    Do not valet this car! A recent renter gave the keys to a valet at a casino for the weekend (despite my preference), and when they returned the vehicle it had a burned circuit board which cost me over $2k to repair. This also delayed their returning the car to me by 2 hours.


6 ratings

Mel was extremely friendly at first and we were very excited to be able to have this beautiful cool car in the pictures on our wedding day. Unfortunately the car was not clean upon delivery and we had to pay to get it washed. Mel was not upfront about the condition of the car, and upon trying to return it, the car overheated multiple times causing us to be excessively late to return the vehicle. He then tried to blame the vehicle malfunction on us and opened a claim against us that was investigated by multiple parties and ultimately unfounded. He then charged us over $200 for the late return and and is trying to charge us an additional fee for not having the vehicle charged to a certain amount, however part the vehicle malfunctioning, which was not our fault, was that it was not charging... this was our first time using Turo and it was quite a disappointing experience. Just glad the car didn’t start breaking down on the way to our wedding... Be wary!

Kelly O.-Nov 6, 2018

A friend and I took this car just to tool around for the day. We took it out to Harper's Ferry and then to a winery. So fun to drive! Mel took his time to explain to us everything we needed to know to have a relaxed, comfortable experience. Mel is knowledgeable and passionate about his cars. You won't be disappointed. I will be renting this car again!

Jaymi P.-Sep 21, 2018

I had the most excellent experience with this "magical" car and the owner who was accomodating, professional, punctual, and communicative. The whole process went very smoothly from the booking to the return. And the car is "way cool" and driving it memorable . Shout out to Mel big time-- Highly recommend the experience

Thomas S.-May 25, 2018

The experience was fantastic. My first time using Turo and it was impressive. The owner of the car is great, good communication and a fun car. The car itself is a blast, I used to have a Ferrari 308 and this is a very similar driving experience because it is low the ground and quick. However I have to say the Tesla is more enjoyable. I was considering buying one but now I know I can rent it whenever I want to!

Brian L.-May 16, 2018

Great car. Very clean and Mel took the time to explain the ins and outs of charging the car. A+ experience, would rent again.

Reuel V.-Mar 12, 2018

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Arlington, VA 22209

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