Drive Sustainable!

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Members, Lynn and Jane Higgins

Lynn and Jane Higgins of Higgins Realty are our latest new members from Highlands Ranch, CO. Make them welcome when you see their Tesla Model X or Chevy Volt!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Club Meeting, Saturday Oct. 21, 11:30am

It is about time to plan a fall general membership meeting.  A check of the old event calendar shows that a good date for a meet-up is Saturday, October 21.  How about 11:30am, eat at NOON???  Let’s DO it!  Where?  How about one of our favorite places, the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Colorado Springs?  Put it on your calendar NOW!  I will remind you about a week prior.  Come on out and see all the EVs and talk EVs with us!  Have lunch!  Tons of fun for everyone!  

See you on Saturday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Park Meadows SC starting construction

Thanks to Dan Rosenblatt for notifying me about the new Tesla Supercharger location at Park Meadows Mall.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SUV = EV = Green4U

Although a small market, the off-road or SUV vehicle may be going electric. The Bollinger EV was announced earlier this year (although it has no builder, it's just a prototype) and now Panoz has announced two SUVs through its Green4U company.

See the announcement here.

In case you've never heard of Panoz Automotive, I have one.

-Wilson H.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Newest member Josh Peterson is from Cripple Creek, CO!

Our latest member Josh Peterson doesn't have an EV but lives on solar energy in Cripple Creek, CO. Let's make him welcome and let's hope he can help us learn about solar living!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

New members Romano and Mercy Abuaba!

Our latest new members are Romano and Mercy Abuaba from Aurora, CO. They own a Silver Tesla Model X, please make them welcome!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We're on Facebook!

To help spread the word about our club and members, we now have an open group on Facebook titled "Colorado Springs EV Club". Please look for it and join. We will still concentrate our communication using email and this blog, but Facebook is so popular that we have decided to make a presence there.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Leaf Peeping Tour a success!

Thirteen Teslas and a BMW i3 made it to the trip today (Saturday). We started at the Park Meadows Mall and drove Highway 285, through Deckers, CO and then lunch in Colorado Springs.

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Solar Conference update

The Solar Cookers/Electric Vehicle Display event will be help October 10 and 11, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week, from 11am-3pm each day. 
We are looking for volunteers to display their EV and possible speak about them/answer questions for attendees. 
You can bring your vehicle for both days or just one, we have approved parking in the area of the event from 9am-5pm each day, but we are asking if the car owner is able to bring a tarp to place underneath their vehicle while it is on the CU Denver campus. 
The car will be exhibited in a round-about area on CU Denver campus, please see attached photo for exactly where. 
We ask that you stay with your car to be there to answer questions and allow some attendees to view the inside of the vehicle if it is comfortable with the owner. 
The vehicle must also be taken home over night if you decide to participate both days.

Carly Cipolla
Membership Manager
American Solar Energy Society
2525 Arapahoe Ave, Ste E4-253
Boulder, CO 80302 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two new members!

We have two new memberships to the CSEVC in the past week! They are:

Al and Janet Winger of Colorado Springs, CO; they have a 2015 BMW i3 Rex, white. We have lots of BMW members, please make them welcome!

Dale Cecil, also of Colorado Springs, CO; he has a 2017 Tesla Model X 100D and a 2015 Nissan Leaf SV, quite the collection. Make him welcome!

Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Solar Energy Conference


The American Solar Energy is hosting our annual SOLAR 2017 Conference in Denver October 9-12, 2017, in the midst of our conference we are hosting a Solar Cookers event and would love to have some Electric Vehicles around to showcase too! Would you have anyone interested in sharing their EV for a day or two during the Solar Cookers event October 10-11, 2017? 

Please let me know if you might have any leads, I will also contact our local Tesla Club in Denver.

Thank you!

Carly Cipolla
Membership Manager
American Solar Energy Society
2525 Arapahoe Ave, Ste E4-253
Boulder, CO 80302 

Leaf Peeper Tour - Sept. 30, 2017

Happy Fall, everyone!  

Our next Denver Tesla Club event will be the Second Annual Fall Leaf Peeper Tour.  We will hold it on Saturday, Sept. 30.  As we did last year, we will be meeting at the Park Meadows Mall Supercharger at 9:00 am.  The weather looks nice, but be prepared and bring a jacket.  We will go rain, shine, or blizzard.  

The plan, like last year, will be to meander through the foothills via Deer Creek Road south to Colorado Springs, ending at the Colorado Springs Supercharger and grabbing some lunch there.  We will stop along the way to enjoy the changing scenery.

Please let me know if you will be joining us this year.  We look forward to seeing you.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Member, Aaron Schlechter

Our latest member, Aaron Schlechter, comes from Connecticut. He has a 2016 Tesla Model X 90 D, black, and lives in Westminster, CO. Make him welcome when you see him!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The What-If Event needs two Teslas

Ace Entertainment called and the What If event needs two Teslas for this Saturday, September 9, in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. If you're interested, please let me know with a phone call.
-Wilson Hitchings

Lithium batteries last longer than expected

Lithium Ion batteries are lasting longer than expected...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

We had a visitor! Check out this email...


My name is Whitney Roberts, I am from Kingston, New York, just about an hour and a half north of NYC. I wanted to thank you for the help with a back to school project I've been working on with my son Evan, about the history and future of cars and trucks. We really enjoyed your page, , it was helpful and fun while we have been doing research. He's been putting together a power point presentation, the students were asked to come up with a hobby or something they enjoyed over the summer and make it an educational topic for them to present to the class in a few weeks! I thought this was a cool way to get back into a studying mindset while still having fun!

Hybrid and electric vehicles, their progress over the last 15-20 years, and their role in the future, is an important issue and Evan is focusing on that aspect of the automobile world quite a bit for the project. He is really into Teslas, but my husbands friend who has a Chevy Volt took him for a ride in that, and he loved it! Personally, I'd really like to look into getting a Model 3 when the demand for them dies down a bit. Last night we were doing some research on hybrids and electrics, and he found this article, about different electric cars and their ranges. I thought it was cool and helpful, and was hoping you could add it to your resources? I would really love to show Evan he could contribute some cool Hybrid stuff to your page! 

Thanks again for the help with our back to school projects! I can't believe next weekend is Labor Day, where did the summer go? I hope you enjoy the article, and if you'd like, I'd love to share how his presentation goes and the final product when we get it done? Hope to speak soon, and have a wonderful day!

Best Wishes,

Whitney Roberts

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Third Annual Pikes Peak Climb

We had 16 cars climb Pikes Peak today - Teslas, Volts, i3s, Leafs, Sparks and Bolts. And a good time was had by all. Dan Rosenblatt's stats netted out to 2 battery miles consumed for the 38 miles round trip (64 consumed going up, 24 gained going back down). My numbers were almost the same, I consumed 1 mile of battery range for the trip.
-Wilson Hitchings

Thursday, August 24, 2017

New members, Hank & Di Graski

Hank & Di Graski met several members of the CSEVC at the recent Old Colorado City car show. They live in Colorado Springs, CO and have a 2013 Black Chevy Volt. Make them welcome when you meet them!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse observers

Our member, Dan Rosenblatt, went to Wyoming to see the total eclipse. He had 10 cars ahead of him waiting to Supercharge in Lusk, WY on the way back.

 Rexford Haugen went to North Platte and encountered no waits or delays...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Pikes Peak EV Climb - this Saturday!

Hello all members of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club (CSEVC)! 
Mac McCauley here!  NEWS!!
Did you all see the ECLIPSE yesterday??  Celestial show!  Did anyone go up North to see the totality?  See any other EVs?  Take any photos?  Send them to Wilson!  If so, we will put some on the website!  Thanks! 
Saturday August 26:  The THIRD annual Milo Eckles EV Drive Up Pikes Peak!  (Milo started this thing, three years ago).  This year, this VERY POPULAR rally takes place THIS Saturday, August 26, 2017.  Put it on your calendar now!  All Leafs, BMWs, electric bikes (??), etc., are invited and CAN try to make it to the top!  All EVs are welcome.  If you cannot make it to the top, just pull off, park, and hitch a ride with one of our friendly EV club members!  Get dropped off on the way down, and regen plenty of power when driving back to Colorado Springs!  This is THE ONE EV trip that ANY EV can be part of!  Can’t make the top?  Just stop and hitch a ride!  No sweat!  Tons of fun!  Be there or be square!  It is truly one of the most fun EV events every year!  We have been given approval for this rally by the mountain itself!  DISCOUNT:  Normally $15 per adult and $5 per child, WE GET:  $10 per adult and $2 per kid! 
Now here it is:  The PLAN for the CSEVC Pikes Peak Hill Climb:
• The trip up Pikes Peak is LESS than 30 miles, one way!  SHORT DRIVE!  Teslas: Tesla owners will probably not need any additional charge to make the top.  Come as you are.  OTHER EVs:  Give your car a MAXIMUM charge and hope for the best.  LOTS of Leafs have completely made this trip!  The drive back will regen TONS of power all the way back to Colorado Springs!   
• Meet up: 11 AM! If you want the DISCOUNT, you must go through the entrance gate in a group!!  Please meet up at the parking lot near KFC, 3101 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs. This is actually the Southwest corner of the intersection of 31st Street and Colorado Avenue. There is easy entrance onto Highway 24 from there. We will chat for about 30 minutes with the other EV owners! I will be there to lead the group up! 
• Around 11:30 AM: Off we go!  I will lead the group, (necessary, since I have the group discount paperwork).  If you are driving a shorter range EV, and are worried that you do not have enough charge to make the top, get directly behind me.  Long range vehicles:  Bring up the rear!  Short range vehicles:  If it becomes clear that you CANNOT make the top, TURN ON YOUR EMERGENCY FLASHERS!  That will let those long range vehicles behind you know that you are about to bail.  Pull off at any parking place, lock your car, and get a ride to the top with a friendly club member behind you. 
• Lunch: You can get something to eat at the summit house.  We probably will not be able to eat in a group, due to all the tourists.  Find someone you like and eat with them!  Buy souvenirs, such as , “I made it to the top!” Take photos, weather permitting.  Some places at the summit actually have cellular service!  Depending on your carrier, you may or may not be able to make a call.  Results are variable!  Walk around the summit and see if you can get a bar. 
• When most people are ready to leave, we will depart, although you may stay as long as you want, up to closing time.  Go down slowly, not in a group, pull off, look around, take photos, take your time, then return to Colorado Springs.  The end. 
• PLAN AHEAD!  Temperatures at the summit will vary from chilly to DARN COLD!  Break out some cold weather gear.  I took a light jacket last year and it was inadequate!  Mid-heavy coats, knit hats and gloves are recommended!  The WIND may be howling!
See you on Saturday!
Be sure to check out your club’s website, CSEVC dot Com
 My undying thanks to Wilson Hitchings, our webmaster, who keeps the site so interesting!!
 Questions?  Comments?  Compliments?  Email me.  Complaints?  Email Wilson.  (Heh heh).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Old Colorado City Car Show - Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

To All:
    This is just an FYI, the Customs & Classics Car Show is this Aug. 20 (Sunday) and the promoter would be thrilled if we had a lot of EVs at the show. Since the show is in Old Colorado City, any Colorado Springs EV owner can make it! If we get 10 paid registrations from our club, we get vendor status and get a tent and guaranteed adjacent parking.
    I'm attaching the show flyer. Registration is $35, you must pre-register online at . Please let me know if you plan on going. I have to tell the promoter if we're going to have enough people from our club to request vendor parking. If the registration process asks for a car club, say CSEVC. The PDF form to register is located here.
    This is a 9:00am - 3:00pm show, so you have to stay the designated hours for safety reasons. I usually attend this event since there is a HUGE number of cars and you have all of Old Colorado City to visit - restaurants, shops, ice cream stores, Bancroft Park, etc.
    So especially for our non-Tesla owners, this is an event you may be interested in. We had excellent foot traffic at the First Saturdays Car Show on Powers Blvd. this past Saturday in Colorado Springs, and this is the same promoter. If you don't want to fight the eclipse traffic, go to the show!
-Wilson Hitchings
P.S. Don't forget our Cripple Creek Rally this Saturday!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mt. Evans Hill Cliimb - Dan Rosenblatt went!

Update: We have an additional photo from Dan Rosenblatt from the top of Mt. Evans, and one of our club members has a video of the trip here.

Thanks, Dan R., for the photo of the Hill Climb event this past weekend. If I get more photos, I'll update this post.
-Wilson H.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Email from DTC about the Mt. Evans Hill Climb

Happy Summer, everyone!  Tomorrow is our next Denver Tesla Club event, the second annual Mt Evans Hill Climb!  We will be meeting at Clear Creek Middle School just outside of Idaho Springs on Chicago Creek Road between 8:00 and 8:30.  The weather still looks nice, but be prepared and bring a jacket.  It was COLD last year on top.  We will go rain, shine, or blizzard.  

This year’s event will be sponsored by Sean Mitchell of COListings Real Estate, so for entrance to the park, there is no cost.  The plan is to meet afterwards at BeauJo’s Pizza in Idaho Springs after we get down from the top.  

See you tomorrow!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tesla Model 3 orders soar after handover event

Orders for the Model 3 have surged after last week's handover event. The Model S and X are even seeing a 15% ordering increase over last year. Tesla's stock is on the rise as well (again).

The article with the details is here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Top 10 Cities for charging - from ChargedEVs News

Top Cities for EVgo’s DC fast charging
CityAverage Charge Sessions per Month
1.San Diego, CA6,073
2.Fremont, CA3,881
3.San Francisco, CA2,941
4.San Jose, CA2,570
5.Cupertino, CA2,118
6.Berkeley, CA1,511
7.Los Angeles, CA1,348
8.Arlington, VA1,288
9.Atlanta, GA1,264
10.Daly City, CA1,114

Monday, July 31, 2017

New member Mark Gama

Our newest member, Mark Gama, owns a 2014 BMW i3 with range extender, white, Tera World edition. Mark found our club on Google, was searching for information on the local EV community and lack of charging stations in the Springs. He looks forward to meeting all the members.He lives in Peyton, CO and we look forward to meeting him!

Our member Andrew at the Model 3 handover!

One of our longest-term members, Andrew S., is shown in the YouTube video from this past weekend. We hope Andrew tells us about his visit there at our next meeting! The video is here.

Andrew sent us some photos of his trip, shown below.