Californians can subscribe per month to drive the best-selling EV

Californians can subscribe per month to drive the best-selling EV

California drivers can now get behind the wheel of a Tesla Model Y without a long-term commitment with the Autonomy subscription service.

The company launched its subscription service in January with the Tesla Model 3, and according to a recent release, it is now adding Model Y. For both vehicles, Autonomy aims to offer a more flexible alternative to traditional buying or leasing, at lower prices than rental services such as Hertz, which has announced plans to add 100,000 Tesla vehicles to its fleet in North America and Europe by the end of 2022.

Tesla Model Y

Rates range from $690 per month with a starting rate of $7,900 to $1,350 per month with a starting rate of $1,000. Those rates include up to 1,000 miles per month in a Tesla Model Y Long Range, with basic routine maintenance and roadside assistance. However, customers must pay an additional $500 security deposit, plus any applicable taxes.

Autonomy offers month-to-month subscription options, but with a minimum of three months’ notice and 28 days’ notice. As with the Model 3, the service is also only available in California. Reservations must also be made via a dedicated app, which is iOS-only for now (Autonomy promises an Android version soon).

Cars can be delivered anywhere in California for $100 (plus tax) “for a limited time,” or picked up from a Santa Monica delivery center, according to Autonomy’s release.

2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

A subscription model can be a good way for motorists to try life with an electric car before committing to buying or leasing one. For anyone specifically considering a Model Y or Model 3, it may be even more tempting now that Tesla has eliminated the option of purchase at the end of the lease.

The popularity of Tesla EVs — especially the Model Y — also makes them good choices to build a subscription service fleet around.

Tesla has a 10% market share in California, and the Golden State accounts for about one-eighth of Tesla’s worldwide deliveries. The Model Y accounted for nearly one in three new EVs in the United States in the first quarter of the year.