Tesla’s new $408 per month business lease deal for Model S reminds us of last ‘revolutionay’ deal

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Almost exactly a year ago, Tesla Motors announced what it called a “revolutionary” lease deal for the Model S. Since the electric automaker used some unusual assumptions in its calculations to get to a headline-worthy $500-a-month “true cost of ownership,” the company had to quickly change its tune. Some of the same assumptions are back in a business lease deal from new subsidiary, Tesla Finance, for $408 a month (sort of) that was announced today.

Tesla is touting the easy-to-understand lease agreement, which takes all of three pages and is “written in plain language.” The agreement can also be signed digitally on the car’s touchscreen when the car arrives. That, plus the low cost, is the good news.

The business lease program is currently only available in ten states.

The estimated effective cost of $408 a month sure sounds great but, just as with the first consumer lease plan for the Model S, there are a lot of caveats to be aware of. For one thing, the actual monthly payment is $1,012, well over twice the $408 number. Tesla estimates that you’ll save $261 a month in gasoline costs and $343 a month in business tax benefits (with Tesla calculating a 40 percent effective tax rate and 70 percent business use). Those gas savings, “are calculated assuming $0.11 per kilowatt hour compared to paying $4.90 per gallon for premium gasoline with a fuel efficiency of 20 miles per gallon,” so if your business already runs a fleet of Toyota Priuses, you can forget the $408 number. Oh, and the business lease program is currently only available in ten states – CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, MA, MD, NY, TX, and WA.

Yes, that list includes Texas, where you can’t officially buy a Model S. Tesla spokeswoman Shanna Hendriks told AutoblogGreen that the company has a lessor’s license in the state of Texas, which allows it to offer the business leasing deal there. The dealership license, which the company can’t get in Texas, is the thing that is preventing sales. No matter which of the ten business lease states you’re in, the first vehicles under this program have an estimated delivery date of June 2014. Read more below.

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