How does a Tesla Motor work?

Continuing on the theme of frequently asked questions from my riders here is the in depth explanation of how an electric motor works. The quick answer to “is it more efficient?” is a resounding “Yes!” Just start with the rotary motion of an electric motor compared to the vertical (piston) motion which has to be converted to horizontal rotary motion and then take a look at how those regenerative brakes work…. oh my…. getting a little teary eyed here… sniff….

Fast Charge CHAdeMO

There are 2 places to get a fast CHAdeMO (charge de move)  in Aspen. This one is across from the airport. Check with plugshare

 

If it’s warm enough you can get a quick car wash at the AABC and then dry it off while charging.

This will give you about 130 miles in an hour.

Uber Tesla

Seems I’m not the only one with this daft idea. Say hello to Steve Sasman. Given the rates for rentals in Aspen I might have to give that Airbnb option a try….

uber tesla

uber tesla

 

Currently I’m at 888 uber rides on UberX and counting.  Unlike Steve I had one more hoop to jump through for the commercial license. In Colorado Tesla is not listed as a luxury vehicle so I needed a waiver from the Public Utilities Commission to get the limo license. Tomorrow I’ll drive to Denver and try again for Uber Black. Wish me luck.

 

 

AC DC

Thank you Pitkin County!

There is a brand new shiny Direct Current charger across from the Aspen Airport. This will input about 140 miles per hour into the batteries which is much nicer than the 20 miles per hour from the 30 amp chargers in the next parking slots. To do this with a Tesla you need an adapter cable- well worth it when you see the number of DC charging stations which are popping up.

DC charging in Aspen

DC charging in Aspen

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