Drive Sustainable!

Drive Sustainable!
Our club members drive all kinds of EVs (Teslas, BMWs, Leafs, Volts, Fords, Fiats, SmartEVs, electric bikes...)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fremont Factory Tour a success!

The Tesla factory tour was completed today by noon - everyone seemed to like it. Enjoy the pictures! My bandwidth in my hotel is quite low so I'll post what I can and update later.

Check out John Tompkin's drone video of our last lunch together here:

-Wilson Hitchings

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It's open season on Model 3s!

It looks like Tesla is allowing deposits on Model 3s directly from its website, not using the reservation system anymore (those with existing reservations will be honored). Check out the news here.

Should our club attend a car show?

There is a great car show on Sunday, Aug. 19, in Old Colorado City, CO at Bancroft Park. It's an all-day show, has good attendance and has lots of shops and restaurants nearby. The entire downtown area of Old Colorado City is blocked off for this large event. Formerly known as the Good Guys Car show, Ace Entertainment has revived it and they like car clubs to exhibit their cars.

If any club members would like to attend, we need to enter the show all at once in order to park together. It would be a great event for all our members as it's local to Colorado Springs, so we should be able to get a variety of vehicles. There's a $35 entry fee prior to the day of the show and you can register online here. We need to go as a group if we want to park together, so if you register early let me know. We would all need to arrive at 7:00am when they start staging the cars. You have to stay at the show until 3:00pm, so be aware that this isn't a "cars & coffee" event where you can leave at any time.

If our club is interested, we can send out an email with more details. Please contact me at if you think you might want to go. We've already had a few say yes!

-Wilson Hitchings

New Member Paul Karagas

Going to car shows helps us spread the word and meet new people. One of our folks met our latest member, Paul Karagas , here's what he tells me:
I saw some of your club member's Tesla S cars at the First Saturday auto show in the Springs earlier today, where I talked a bit with others about the Tesla cars and EVs in general.  I have a silver 2012 Chevy Volt that gets it's juice from a rooftop solar array on my house in Pueblo.  Sometimes I have to fill it with dino-juice when I drive to Denver, the mountains and a return trip to Pueblo from Colorado Springs, but I rarely run the ICE while driving in and around Pueblo.  I became interested in electric vehicles when I bought my first electric bicycle over 10 years ago and still use one quite frequently, along with my regular bicycle.  Like my Volt, I have considered an ebike to be a hybrid vehicle, only with 2 wheels :-)

I have made a few EV believers by introducing some friends and family members to my Chevy Volt.  Hopefully some of them will choose an EV for their next vehicle!  Looking forward to meeting some other members and share everything EV!

Paul Karagas

Saturday, July 7, 2018

New member Sean Leveille

Our most recent member is Sean Leveille from Colorado Springs; he drives a 2015 Red Nissan Leaf. He met one of our club members, Jim, at his son's baseball game.  Good job, Jim, at spreading the word about us. Please make Sean welcome when you meet him.

Newest Member, Lance Bartling!

Our newest member, Lance Bartling, met several club members at the First Saturdays Car Shows in Colorado Springs, CO today. He joined our organization today and lives in Black Forest. Please make him welcome when you see him. He sent us the following information:
Misc information - I got into Teslas after becoming friends with one of their electrical engineers on CA.  The concept, and integration had me very interested in making the investment.  One test drive had me hooked, before we even had the car up the onramp to I-25.  After getting my Tesla, it became obvious that electric is so much better at moving a car than a fossil engine.

We bought the car in September, 2017, and we have already done a handful of road trips, to include 2 to New Orleans, demonstrating not only the feasibility of traveling by EV, but we found it preferable over listening to a fossil rumble along for 20 hours.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Don't forget First Saturdays Car Show!

The First Saturdays Car Show at First & Main (the Cinemark Movie Theater complex on Powers and Carefree in Colorado Springs) has become quite an event! There are hundreds of cars there and we EV owners usually get a large number of visitors when we park together. 

If you can make it, our group arrives fairly early and we'll hold a spot for you if you let us know you're going. I'll be there about 7:00am this Saturday.

-Wilson Hitchings
Car Show Professional