This Supercharger in Silverthorne is a familiar and welcome stop but the network is expanding to make the Western Slope very Tesla friendly. We just had a row of tesla chargers installed in the Inn at Aspen parking lot (these are limited to 72KW but still very welcome and will free up the three local Chademo DC options for the other electric cars). The new charger at Poncha Springs makes that back road to Santa Fe a tantalizing possibility especially if that Alamosa one appears; and the “coming soon” options at Montrose , Telluride and Steamboat should make cruising between my favorite mountain towns a breeze. Now if we could just have a lifetime all West Slope ski pass as part of that Tesla purchase…..
Not only are my riders articulate , engaged and curious they also tend to be very conscious of environmental issues. It’s no surprise that some speakers are choosing to travel to the Festival via train instead of by airplane.
Here are a few pix of the Amtrak station in Glenwood Springs. where the California Zephyr stops on it’s San Francisco to Chicago run.
The last time I took this train from Denver to Glenwood it was in the Spring and I saw 6 bald eagle nests along the river.
Bald Eagle nest.
That’s worth slowing down your trip just a little. So if you can’t take a ride in a Tesla- take the train.
I was fortunate enough to be at the Keeling Curve Prize ceremony last night at the Hotel Jerome. Congratulations to all the winners- and seriously- I wish everyone could have won since we need all the solutions for carbon mitigation we can get….
Monday was a lovely day to go over Independence Pass with a short stop at the Continental Divide 12,095′ sign… as everyone does….
Although there is normally a lot more snow at the top it was still lush green meadows dotted with small patches of snow under Colorado blue skies. There were a few wildflowers left by the road and I suspect there are more in the valleys.
Independence is always beautiful no matter which direction you look.
One of the things which really astonishes me is how much electricity is generated in the Tesla by going downhill.
Returning to Aspen at Twin Lakes I had 200 miles in the battery.
At the top of the Pass I was down to 182 miles in the battery.
By the time I was back in Aspen the regenerative brakes had produced 13 miles of charge- leaving 195 miles in the battery. That’s a total of 5 miles of battery charge (200 in Twin Lakes , 195 in Aspen) to drive the 36 miles of Independence Pass.
You can’t make this stuff up. It took 6 months to get my first waiver from the PUC and 4 months to get my second waiver. Now the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) is considering a rule change which might include Tesla on the list of vehicles which can be used as limos…