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Tesla Sedans Ace The Test At California Operation

Anne Daniells, co-owner of Torrey Pines Transportation in San Diego, Calif., with a new Tesla Model S sedan, recently added to the chauffeured fleet.
Anne Daniells, co-owner of Torrey Pines Transportation in San Diego, Calif., with a new Tesla Model S sedan, recently added to the chauffeured fleet.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Torrey Pines Transportation formally announced April 28 that it has fully integrated two Tesla Model S sedans into its fleet and among its clients.

The Teslas, bought in January, are part of the award-winning company's effort to operate a more environmentally friendly fleet.

“Customers love it because they know it’s a wise choice for San Diego and for our business,” said Anne Daniells, owner of Torrey Pines Transportation, in a press release.  “And the Tesla offers corporate clients a greener option for their chauffeured transportation.”

“It’s a good business decision,” said Javier Gomez, fleet supervisor, in the release.  “We have virtually no maintenance concerns that cost money and so we don’t have to remove vehicles from the fleet for things like oil changes and engine checks. It expands our fleet and offerings without increasing labor and maintenance costs.”

Since January, the company allowed select chauffeurs and all office staff, including reservationists, to take the vehicle home for a few days at a time to become familiar with the all-electric model, Daniells told LCT.

"[This way] we could all be very educated on how it works, and its pros and cons," Daniells said. "At this point, we’ve gotten very comfortable with them, and have been able to do LAX flips with a quick charge at the superchargers near LAX. At first, we were not sure we could use them in the fleet for that turnaround purpose, but they’ve been great. We also did a slow introduction to our clients with free upgrades to get their opinions. We are now getting specific requests."

Tesla’s website boasts of the model’s advanced electric powertrain, delivering exhilarating performance. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, Tesla electric motors have only one moving piece: the rotor. As a result, the Model S acceleration is instantaneous, silent and smooth.

While passengers may choose to sit in front and experience the Tesla screen, it is customary for clients to sit in the back of a chauffeured vehicle. With no drive train, the rear seat affords more legroom than traditional vehicles because there is center hump in the floor.

"They sure are fun," Daniells said. "A few chauffeurs have really taken them to heart and have educated themselves more about them because they care so much. People really notice and talk about them, too, when they are staged and waiting for a client. For chauffeurs, a lovely vehicle is a matter of pride, and these Teslas certainly fill that bill."

Tesla’s head of corporate and commercial sales said in the release, “Time and time again, our customers remember the first time they ever rode in a Tesla. It’s great that clients will associate this experience with Torrey Pines.”

About Torrey Pines Transportation
Since its founding in 1988, Torrey Pines has provided transportation for corporate, group, and individual clients. Based in San Diego, the company is one of the longest-established, executive transportation company serving the Southern California area, with affiliate relationships worldwide.

Torrey Pines won the 2015 LCT Operator of the Year Award in the 11-30 vehicles category on March 17 at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas.

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