Nope. Not here at Z3ro-G limo. Yes we have a charging station for the Tesla but no, it’s not powered by burning coal.
Here’s a picture of the fabulous crew from Sunsense Solar installing more solar panels on the roof in 2016 . We’ve been solar since 2009 but with the Tesla it was time to add a few more panels.
solar panel installation
You can see a few of the original panels to the right on the roof. Those are great during the summer but during the winter clearing snow off the panels isn’t that much fun so the new panels are mounted at an angle to take advantage of the sun in winter.
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….
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….
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.
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.