Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Tesla ushers in future of travel to Eagle County |

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Tesla ushers in future of travel to Eagle County

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September brings not only the changing colors, but also a bevy of events for classic car aficionados. From vintage Corvettes to Saabs reminiscent of the Vail Police Department, plus the opportunity to buy your dream car at an auction, the Rockies are the place to be.

Wheels & Wings brings cars and much more to the Vail Valley Jet Center on Saturday. The featured auto this year is the Corvette. The Best in Class of each category will be on display in Vail Village on Sunday.

Also available for viewing on Sunday will be vintage Saab vehicles. For over 30 years Saabs were the symbol of the Vail Police Department, and this display commemorates this historic partnership as the Vail PD celebrates it’s 50th anniversary.

These events showcase automobiles of the past, but recently we took the Off the Hill cameras out and looked at the future of travel and saw how electric cars are really gaining momentum.

The Tesla Motors Electric Road Trip traveled through Colorado recently and instead of stopping to refuel, they stopped to recharge. The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch is a Tesla Destination Charging partner location and provided a view into the future.

On display and available for test drives were Tesla’s Model S and Model X vehicles. The Model S is touted as the safest, most exhilarating sedan to drive, but it practically does the driving for you. Autopilot allows the car to change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal. The new Summon feature lets you “call” your car from your phone so it can come greet you at the front door in the morning.

The Model X is the most aerodynamic SUV in production and its signature Falcon Wing doors give passengers easy access to the second and third row seats, even with only 1 foot of clearance on each side. And if you’re wondering, yes, it does go “ludicrously fast” — zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds.

Collectively, Tesla owners have driven more than 2 billion miles without a drop of gas. Many of them convened at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch to swap stories and ask Tesla experts about this futuristic brand.

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