Bermuda’s first Tesla: zero emissions, maximum attention
A local limo service started to turn heads this weekend as their new Tesla Model X electric car hit the road.
Sam Mathews Jr, who runs Piece of the Rock Limo Service with his father, said: “We have had people jump out of their cars to take pictures and people try to stop us and trot around the car.
“It definitely has been breaking necks and creating a commotion.”
He said the car was brought to the island as part of a partnership between Piece of the Rock and Connecticut-based green energy technology firm Electra.
Mr Mathews said: “They are really into renewable energy and bringing zero-emissions technology to the island.
“The first step was bringing in this first vehicle. We are going to test it out and see how well it works, but we think it is going to do well because these vehicles get such a great range on one charge.
“You couldn’t empty the battery on one day of driving if you tried.”
He said the car was licensed in Bermuda for use as an airport limo, capable of taking customers to and from LF Wade International Airport.
Mr Mathews said: “The next vehicle we bring in will be under the limo licence plate, which will allow it to do pre-arranged trips between any destinations.”
While he said having the first Tesla on the island might cause some challenges, he was confident any issues could be addressed.
He added: “We are also looking to see if we can maybe set up a service station here and maybe, down the road, see if we can sell them.
“Hopefully there will be a new model that will be smaller that will fit within the requirements for private vehicles - we have heard tales of that, so stay tuned.
“Importing these vehicles, there is no duty on electric vehicles, which makes it quite attractive.”
Mr Mathews said the vehicle was licensed on Friday, and since then he and his father have been driving it every day.
“It’s enjoyable to ride – very quiet, it has a big dash that gives you all the information and entertainment,” he said.
“It’s pretty much a rolling computer, but it’s beautiful to drive and beautiful to look at.”