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    As rideshare drivers, we always want to give the best possible experience to our passengers, getting high ratings and possibly a higher tip. With that in mind, could you imagine if you pulled up to your passenger in a Tesla? It might sound a little crazy, but in this podcast episode, I interview rideshare driver Andy Slye, who recently filmed his passengers’ reactions to being picked up in his Tesla. 

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    • Today, we’re talking about a pretty cool topic: Tesla!
    • I found YouTuber Andy Slye while doing research on a Tesla Model 3, and I wanted to bring him on today because his YouTube channel is really informative (both about tech and Tesla)
    • Today’s guest, Andy Slye, also picked up rideshare passengers in his Tesla and filmed their reactions (with permission, of course!) to being picked up in a Tesla
    • I’ll be doing a lot more with Tesla in upcoming YouTube videos, so make sure you head over to our YouTube channel and subscribe to get the latest!

    Interview with Andy Slye

    • Andy is a tech YouTuber and videographer based in Louisville, KY
    • He’s been driving for Uber with his Tesla Model 3 since 2018 and is currently the world’s top Tesla referrer with over 280 referrals
    • Drives for Lyft Premier rides
    • Has to give a certain number of rides before he can drive for Uber Select

    Making the YouTube Tesla Reactions Video

    • Andy Slye “Picking Up Uber Riders in a Tesla Model 3! (REACTIONS)
    • Decided to record on a football game day, didn’t think it would work but thought he would give it a try
    • All of the reactions in the video were from the same two hour window – every single person agreed to be on camera
    • Most people didn’t really know what the Model 3 was before getting into Andy’s car – only one person knew about it
    • The only thing people struggled with were how to open the door handles and how to get out of the car (one electronic button)

    World’s Top Tesla Referrer

    • While driving passengers in the Tesla, many mentioned wanting to buy one for themselves
    • Andy is the world’s top Tesla referrer – no discount on the Tesla, but if someone signs up with your code, they get 6 months of free supercharging
    • Tesla’s strategy is word of mouth, letting fellow drivers educate people on Tesla

    Getting Started with YouTube

    • Started 10 years ago – right out of high school
    • Started with sketch comedy
    • Screencast tutorial – Tech Channels
    • Still has full-time 9-5 job.  Planning to go full-time YouTube this year

    Strategies for YouTube Success

    • Three keys to Andy’s YouTube Success
    • #1 – Already on YouTube Stuff (didn’t start from zero – established audience)
    • #2 –  Finding something you’re super excited about
    • #3 – Perfect timing  – One of the first folks to begin YouTubing about the Model 3
    • Over 280 referrals to Tesla based on his videos


    • Big thanks to Andy for coming on the podcast, I recommend you check out his channel on YouTube (links below) not only for Tesla but also for tech
    • Appreciate seeing someone with such passion for what he does, even though he’s not even doing this full time yet
    • Stay tuned for more content on Tesla, driving a Model 3, driving Tesla for Uber/Lyft, etc.

    Show Notes

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    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.