Visitors from Oz

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….

 

Z3RO G Limo

Road Trip!

Here’s a nice article from Outside Magazine on touring with an X

https://www.outsideonline.com/2232606/western-road-trip-tesla-model-x

https://www.outsideonline.com/2235846/charging-cross-country?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=facebookpost

More charging stations

Yep- more chargers where they are most needed- the the density of city centers. The real trick is how to get more chargers out in rural areas. That will be an interesting challenge.

The linchpin is battery storage.

and here is proof of concept- on the scale we need.

 

80% after 521,000 miles

It’s one of the most frequent questions I get from my riders. “How long do the batteries last?” Well, here is the definitive answer... that is until the batteries are improved which is likely to be very very soon.

Tesla battery life chart
Tesla Model S and Model X battery degradation chart [Credit: Matteo via Maarten Steinbuch]

Between rides…

wilsons phalaropes

Using the wayback machine you might remember a post about “What do you do while the Tesla is charging?” ¬†The answer was “ski” of course. That was in the winter. In the summer between rides I try and sneak in to Hallam Lake at ACES with my camera and take a few snaps of the locals.

This week we’ve had:

 

A kingfisher A flock of Wilsons Phalaropes A blue winged teal duck and right before closing time….

Mama and cubby taking a quick bath to cool off in the heat 

Yes, very happy about that looooong zoom lens for those last two shots.

Belle the Golden Eagle
Belle the Golden Eagle

Of course we always say “Hi” to Belle the resident Golden Eagle who was rescued off Aspen Mountain in 1982. She can still fly but she can’t glide so ACES is now her permanent home.

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