If its that profitable Tesla will keep those cars rather than selling them to you.Yup.
I could buy 10 Tesla's and send them to a big touristy City and put them to work.
After two years, they are paid off with 150k miles on them. I would sell them for $15k each. That's $150k in my pocket.
And repeat with new set of ten cars.
It would be a net decrease in cars on the road. Demand for travel won't go up much, but cars will be used at 80% capacity instead of 10%. Fewer people will bother to buy cars.
At full charge my car will go 200 miles with 40 miles as reserve. Assuming 50% occupancy rate. 100 miles of money making.
If 5 mile ride costs $5, $100 will be made per full charge. $5 for electricity. Tesla takes 30%.
Therefore, I make $65 per full charge.
At places like NYC or LV, that would be possible.
$65x365 days/yr = $23,725/yr.
Car will accrue 73K miles a year.
If it is actually profitable, I would buy a car to be a robotaxi or put our current 3 into service and buy a new personal car.
So when the car is an accident, regardless of fault, Tesla will guarantee an equivalent or better Tesla loaner from day 1 for however long it will take them to fix it, or $500 cash a day to rent one from Hertz or somewhere else if they don't have available loaners? Same if someone pukes all over the car and it needs new upholstry, etc. Right? And of course, they pay more per mile than they charge as an overage on a lease, sufficiently more to pay for wearables like tires and still bring profit? All that in writing and backed by Elon's personal wealth? Sure, I'd consider. Without the above written guarantees, not a chance. Someone hits the robotaxi and I have no car for 6 months while Tesla is looking for spare parts. No thanks.Little different circumstances there; Turo is having someone else driving it & your car insurance is quite expensive when you rent your car out.
With Robotaxi, your car is driving itself (much safer) and Tesla is liable for any issues.