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…
I was my pleasure to drive a family from Australia for Christmas week. The whole “snow at Christmas” was a new experience for the kids and we even got a little dusting for a “White Christmas”. They sent an email which I’m posting here.. with permission.
“”We enjoyed everything about the Z3ro-G Limo service including Ziska’s knowledge of the area and the quality of the ride (we want a Tesla now!). This private limo service made our stay easy and comfortable. We would recommend Ziska and the Telsa Limo service to any and every traveler to Aspen and its surrounds.”
High praise indeed- but the best was the Easter Egg from Mr. Musk- a little Santa Sleigh with reindeer on the dashboard…. and the Mars Rover… which actually switched on one morning and did a little spin…
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a fantastic New Year to all….
The only good thing about an old power grid being wiped out is that you have an opportunity to put in a new one– a clean energy efficient green one. Our thoughts and prayers are with Puerto Rico but I’m certain these batteries will mean so much more to our fellow Americans.