LCT senior editor Tim Crowley with Music Express Joseph G. Murray in front of the company’s new Tesla S sedan.
BURBANK, Calif. — Music Express is leading the charge for the chauffeured transportation industry’s foray into zero emission fleet vehicles, with their recent addition of two Tesla S Sedans to their Los Angeles fleet. The company is also rolling out Teslas to its other locations in New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., and hopes to have many more of the vehicles on the road by the end of the year.
“This is such an innovative vehicle,” says Cheryl Berkman, CEO of Music Express. “Incorporating the Tesla into our fleet offers our clients a new level of luxury and prestige, packed in a truly green vehicle. This is really the first time both have been available, and it’s a game-changer. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Music Express held a press conference for the new additions today, and had Jeremy Snyder, general manager of the S.W. region for Tesla Motors, there in attendance to show off its high-tech features. The vehicle being completely electric powered gives operators a whole new option for fleet cost and maintenance. The Tesla S Sedan can travel up to 265 miles on a full charge, and re-charging to a full battery with a high-power wall connector takes about four hours. The vehicle can also be charged up using standard 120-volt outlets and 240-volt outlets.
Tesla general manager of the S.W. region Jeremy Snyder explaining the details of the Tesla S, like the "frunk” as Tesla calls it, the storage area under the front hood.
The ride in a Tesla S is truly unique. Music Express’ VP of service operations, Tom Henson, drove me around to get a feel for the vehicle in action, and the acceleration ability was noticeable, going from 0-60 MPH in 5.4 seconds.
Because of the completely new design and frame of the car, it has ample luggage storage in both the front hood (or the “frunk” as Tesla calls it), and the back trunk compartment. There is no combustible engine to store, and the engine is relatively small and housed low between the two back wheels.
As Snyder explained, the battery actually runs down the length of the car, underneath and down the center, which helps give the Tesla S one of the lowest centers of gravity of any luxury sedan on the market, which makes cornering very smooth.
A smart phone app syncs up with the car, enabling you to control things like popping the sun roof and turning on the AC before entry.
It also has a high-tech 17-inch touch screen in the dash where you can control the radio, AC, internet, and more, and it even has an app that synchs up with your car, enabling users to crack the sunroof and start the AC on hot days before entering.
Music Express is taking the lead in incorporating the Tesla as a primary sedan in their fleet. “It’s the future,” says Joseph G. Murray, VP of corporate sales, and he feels like as the technology continues to improve, and the Tesla keeps bettering itself with new models and features, the vehicles will make their step toward the front of chauffeured passenger transport.
“The days of the huge, inefficient livery sedan are going away,” says Berkman, “and we are excited about the possibilities with the Tesla. We see this as the future, here today at Music Express.”
The vehicle charges up with a special wall mount, but can also be charged by regular outlets in the home or garage. A full charge from a wall mount takes a little over four hours.
Music Express VP of service operations Tom Henson shows off the 17-inch control screen in the dash.
— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor