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Deal: Take a Tesla SUV ride from L.A. to Palm Springs for $79, Las Vegas for $129

Deal: Take a Tesla SUV ride from L.A. to Palm Springs for $79, Las Vegas for $129
Tesloop uses all-electricTesla Model X SUVs to transport travelers from L.A. to Palm Springs, Las Vegas and other destinations. (Tesloop)

Leave the driving between Los Angeles and Palm Springs or Las Vegas to someone else, starting at $79 and $129 each way, respectively, in a tricked-out Tesla Model X SUV.

Tesloop service (which isn't affiliated with electric car innovator Tesla Motors) takes you from Southern California to destinations around Palm Springs and Las Vegas for a set price.

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The deal: You reserve one of five seats in the Tesloop all-electric SUV, just as you would book an airline seat.

You can travel from L.A. or Orange County at set pickup and drop-off locations listed on the website. Tesloop serves, among other locations, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and — wait for it, music lovers — Coachella.

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It also goes to hotel-casino destinations in Las Vegas.

The Tesla SUVs seat five, and you get to pick what seat you want when you make a reservation.
The Tesla SUVs seat five, and you get to pick what seat you want when you make a reservation. (Tesloop)

With Tesloop, the "pilot" does the driving, so you can enjoy amenities like free Wi-Fi, phone charging, snacks and drinks, and even, a company news release says, "curated musical selections and noise canceling headphones." If you want to sleep, grab a pillow — there are five types to choose from.

When: The service is offered indefinitely.

Tested: I have not taken a spin with Tesloop, but I did go online to check out the booking experience. As a test, I selected a ride from the Luxe City Center Hotel  in downtown L.A. to the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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I then selected a time and date — I had a choice of 6:40 a.m. or 8:10 p.m. on Oct. 14, for example — and reserved the front seat.

The price was $79, which seemed reasonable to me. Uber, which picks you up and drops you off wherever you like, shows an online L.A.-Palm Springs price estimate of $101 in an Uber X and $474 in an Uber SUV.

Info: Tesloop, (818) 330-6446, www.tesloop.com

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