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…..
I was creeping along in morning traffic and what did I see pop up on my Tesla navigation? A new supercharger station… in Aspen …. so of course I had to go right over and check it out.
Yes that does say 242 miles per hour
This is Josh who works for the Inn at Aspen he’s doing the finishing touches on the install.
This is a lovely spot in the East parking lot of the Inn at Aspen
It’s located at the base of Buttermilk where they hold the Xgames… and where Home Team serves up some tasty BBQ sports bar fare…
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.
I do love this car.
A coal plant fails and electricity stored in batteries powered by renewables keeps the grid from crashing.
A 7MW save.
Which means we know who won this little side bet…