Help approve Tesla as a Luxury Car in Colorado
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Please help qualify Tesla as a luxury executive car in the State of Colorado.
I bought a used 2013 Tesla Model S in 2015. I thought that I could "Uber Tesla" to help pay for the car and to help reduce the carbon footprint in Aspen. Over Christmas I started driving for Uber. I learned that my riders were thrilled being chauffeured in a Tesla. I had other Tesla owners run down the street to flag me down. I had riders who waited patiently at charging stations for rides from Aspen Airport to the Grand Junction and Eagle Vail airports when Aspen was snowed in. I had a rider who convinced her husband to buy a new Tesla after riding in mine. Rider after rider said "This is the nicest Uber I've ever been in!" I gave 400 fossil fuel free rides in Aspen over the 2015-2016 ski season.
The only problem was $. I work daylight hours and due to the problematic nature of the Uber app when surrounded by 14,000' mountains my net was $6 an hour. Even after qualifying as UberSELECT I was unable to make more money because UberSELECT is not an option in Aspen. My next best option was UberBLACK but you need to qualify as a Luxury Executive Car with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to be an UberBLACK car.
What to do? I like driving, I like my riders, I love my home and I'm a "Greenie" but I still have to make a living. I don't need the $90 an hour local limo drivers charge but I need more than $6 an hour. So, I decided to pursue a Luxury Executive Car license through the Public Utilities Commission of Colorado.
Ooops. Tesla is not listed as a Luxury Car manufacturer in the State of Colorado.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which regulates Taxi and Limo Licenses has a list of cars which qualify as luxury executive cars:
(II) Executive car, which is a motor vehicle that has four doors and is:
(A)a sedan, crossover, or sport utility vehicle manufactured by: Acura, Audi,
Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, or Rolls Royce; or
(B) one of the following: Chrysler 300, Hyundai Equus, Saab 9-5, Chevrolet
Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Excursion, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon,
Hummer (all models, excluding sport utility truck version).
Tesla is not on that list.
In order to get Tesla listed as a Luxury Car manufacturer the PUC Board must change a rule.
So what qualifies the Tesla Model S as an Executive Car?
1. Price tag $75K and up.
2. Four doors and seats for 4 passengers.
3. Leather Seats and a state of the art electronic system including a 17" touch screen.
4. The The US Department of Energy, the EPA, Kelly Blue Book, Consumer Reports and Forbes Magazine all call it a luxury sedan. In side by side comparisons with other cars on the 6308 luxury car manufacturer list Tesla is not only comparable but in most cases gets higher ratings.
5. There is already Tesla Limo Service in Denver and there are at least 8 other States with Tesla Limousine services: Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.
You may be thinking- well why just change a rule for one person? First, one person can have an impact specifically: 400 rides in 3 months. Second, if this can be turn into sustainable model then others may be inspired to do the same. "Some initial studies suggest that one Uber car can take four regular cars off the road. " NPR "The Newest Public Transportation In Town: Uber". More Teslas = less fossil fuel. Third, Tesla matches the criteria in the PUC rule it's just not on the list of manufacturers let's level the playing field.
I need to petition the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) to change a rule. Well, here's a petition. Please help qualify Tesla as a luxury executive car in the State of Colorado.
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