Every time i buy a new car i seek every possible excuse to go out an drive it, uber seems a pretty good excuse, and you can do it when and how you want.
If you are tired, you don't do it, if you want to have your fun, then you do it.
I would say it's perfect
Ha, that sums it up perfectly. My reference to chipping away at my monthly payment was tongue-in-cheek. Of course I'm not doing this for the money. It nets out to roughly $15-$20/hr for UberX. But I'm a social guy and when my wife is working a weekend day and I'm home just watching TV, I figured it might be really fun to show people the Tesla, drive around a bit, and get paid a bit of funny money as well. I've also had the idea of using it for networking, especially for airport pickups, but the airport queuing system is rough. (Lonnnng waits at times.)
It's a lease. It's well insured. I could be doing something else with my time, but that's also true when I play a video game or watch Netflix, and honestly, if I grow tired of it, which I'm expecting, I can never do it again, or only do it once a month, or whatever. It's kind of fun how flexible it is.
Question: If you're an Uber or Lyft driver with the app "on", do you have to be actively driving around, or can I sit in my living room and just pick and choose any fares that popup?
Well, it's a bit more complicated than that. Uber matches the literal closest match. If your home is in a neighborhood (vs. a city center with high density) you won't get any pings. I drive the mile down into downtown Phoenix and start lighting up, but at home, it's unlikely.
I also considered doing this just for fun and to help raise awareness about Tesla/EVs. I think I'd technically qualify for UberBlack? The car is so darn fun to drive that I am finding any reason to drive, why not get paid for it? The looks on people's faces alone would be worth it. I bet you get 5 stars from everyone!
More power to you, keep us posted!
Your car has to be actually black int/ext for UberBlack, and there's some livery stuff that goes with it, so you're more likely to qualify for UberSelect or UberLux if your metro area has those. I haven't gotten any Select fares though (they're twice as much as X) and you can't choose to only get pings for Select, or rather, you can't right now.
So far, so good on the ratings!