Drive Sustainable!

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Software update fail

Anyone ever have a software fail on their Tesla? I called customer service and they say I'll get another update within 48 hours. Otherwise, I own a nice looking planter. If you put up the hatchback the plants in your car get lots of rain and sunshine.
-Wilson H

UPDATE: I didn't get a software update so I've scheduled a trip to the Tesla Service Center in Denver. The car is completely driveable. No, I didn't turn my car into a planter, that's called Webmaster Humor. I also have a small item I want Tesla to fix on a window so the trip to the Service Center isn't a bad thing to do.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Group photos from the Custer, SD rally!

We just got the copyrighted photos from the Crazy Horse Monument. These are posted on the Sound of Silence page as well as below. I hope you were in the photos!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Club members make the paper!

Check out the Gazette article here about E-bikes! Our club members John Duprey and David McNeil are mentioned. We're getting famous, folks!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Denver Tesla Club meeting in a garage

I got this message from Chris Grimes of the Denver Tesla Club. Feel free to RSVP to their cookout. I will enable the email link after Chris's name below.

Happy Summer, everyone!  Our next Denver Tesla Club meeting will be held on Saturday, June 24th at the home of Erik Strait.  Erik not only runs, but he has easily the coolest garage in Colorado.  The meeting will be held in the afternoon so we will have a barbecue along with our regular, highly organized agenda.

We will require everyone who would be interested in coming to RSVP to me.  We will send out Erik’s address and directions to his home only for those coming to the event.  So please respond to this email if you want to come.  It should be a fun afternoon!

Chris' email: chrisjgrimes at gmail

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New member, Nick Cochran

Nick Cochran is moving to Colorado Springs this weekend! He is currently serving in the Army but works in Space Operations He has a Tesla Model X and is looking forward to meeting the community. Let's make him welcome when we see him!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another ride and drive - July 13

A letter from Janna:

Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know we have another ride & drive for the Colorado Department of Human Services on July 13. We would, of course, love to have you out!

Here are the event details:
Where: 4112 S. Knox Court, Denver CO 80236
When: July 13, 11am-1pm (please arrive ½ hour early)

Please let me know if you can make it. Thanks so much!


Janna West-Heiss
Denver Metro Clean Cities Coordinator
American Lung Association in Colorado
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Ph: 303-388-4327  Direct: 303-847-0276  Fax: 877-276-6108
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Colorado Concours - last reminder, Sunday June 11

Even if you haven't registered for the Colorado Concours, you should still consider exhibiting the show this Sunday June 11 at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO.

The instructions for post-registration attendees is here. In summary, print off the form in the link, go to the registration table with it and exchange it for the day-of-show packet. Then park your car with the EVs in the Tesla area.

Here is the registration form to print off and take to the registration tent:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Don't forget the CSU Environmental Day on Saturday!

The CSU Environmental Day is June 3; please consider exhibiting your car between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Visit our event page here.

Get ready for the Colorado Concours show!

If you like to exhibit your car at the Colorado Concours on Sunday, June 11, visit their instructions here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New Member - Seth Curry

Our newest member, Seth Curry, lives in Colorado Springs, CO and brings the first 2014 FIAT 500e to our club. Please make him welcome when you meet him.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Please exhibit your EV at Colorado Concours!

The singular best car event all year is the Concours de'Elegance Show in Littleton, CO on Sunday, June 11. Our EV club made a GREAT showing last year but we only have 3 cars registered so far. This is an exotic show with vehicles you've never seen before, some multi-million dollar cars. PLEASE consider bringing your EV this year, we had a great reception at the show with lots of people asking questions.

Online registration is closed but you can register the day of the show. Day-of-show registration is $50. The map locator for the college is here. On the morning of the show, go to Santa Fe Drive, turn right on Church Avenue and then right on S. Nevada St. - just follow the car show signs on Church.

View drone footage from last year here. You can see the EV club cars in the lower left area of the video from approximately :50 to 1:00.

I am really hoping our group can make a good showing at this event; if there's one show you exhibit your car at, make it this one.  Thanks!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Tesla Showroom event Thursday @ 6:00pm

It's rather short notice but the new Tesla Showroom at Park Meadows Mall is being celebrated this Thursday, May 25, at 6:00pm. Here's the post from Kevin R. on the Tesla forums about it, and thanks to Chaz, our club member, for bringing it to my attention.

I stopped by the Park Meadows store today. They will be doing a grand opening reception this Thursday (5/25) starting at 6 PM. They are moving across the hall to the new store. It was suggested that I post this as a general invitation.

CSU Conservation Day NEXT WEEK! Scheduling error!

To All:

I recently sent out a broadcast message saying the CSU Conservation Day was this Saturday, my apologies. It is June 3, NEXT WEEKEND.

I recommend my dismissal and a generous severance package.

-Wilson Hitchings
CSEVC "Calendar Fail" Hitchings

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Member, Mark Vaszary

Our newest member, Mark Vaszary, lives in Falcon, CO and drives a 2013 Silver Chevy Volt. Make his welcome when you meet him!

Friday, May 19, 2017

We need you at the Concours Show, June 11!

The singular best car event all year is the Concours de'Elegance Show in Littleton, CO on Sunday, June 11. Our EV club made a GREAT showing last year but we only have 3 cars registered so far. This is an exotic show with vehicles you've never seen before, some multi-million dollar cars. PLEASE consider bringing your EV this year, we had a great reception at the show with lots of people asking questions.

Online registration is closed but you can register the day of the show. Day-of-show registration is $50. Thanks!

Custer Tesla Rally Photos

Rod Hoffman, Director of the 2017 Tesla Rally to Custer, SD, asked our club to host photos from the show. As we accumulate pictures and stories, you'll see them on our event page.

-Wilson Hitchings

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Going to Custer?

There's been snow along our trip route. Mac McCauley and the Hitchings have made the decision to go ahead with the trip but to stop at each Supercharger along the way and make the decision to proceed or turn back. Please see the road condition links below.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Tesla needed for a video in Boulder, CO

I received this email from Chris Blair in the Denver Tesla Club:

To all-

I just spoke with Mark and he is looking for a white, grey, or black Model S that would be available for a video to be shot on location in Boulder in the next week or so.  Please let me know if you might be interested in doing this for him.  He is willing to pay for the time involved.

Chris - email him here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Meeting this Saturday @ GOTG Trading Post

MEETING!  This Saturday, May 13th at 11:30 AM. 
Location:  Garden of the Gods Trading Post, 324 Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, CO.  Park in the Eastern parking lot, like usual. The meeting will be downstairs in the meeting room (sort of like usual).  If you are tired of the rain, and are getting itchy to go for an EV trip, COME ON OUT!  We will love to see you all!   There is good food in the remodeled Balanced Rock CafĂ©, inside the Trading Post!  See you on Saturday!!

NOTE:  This meeting is exactly one week from the BIG Tesla rally in Custer, SD.  Just for your information, at this time, the CSEVC has ELEVEN cars participating in the event.  It appears there will be 60-70 Teslas from all over the US and Canada total at this event, down from the hoped-for 100 cars.  At the END of the Saturday meeting, anyone going on the Custer rally is invited to stay and discuss the details of the event, while everyone else can leave (unless you want to listen in).  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Members Frank and Wynonia Horn

Our latest members have a 2016 Tesla Model S90D. They're quite interesting, from their email:

We are retired and live on a ranch 20 miles from the nearest pavement.   We have experienced deep mud and lots of snow and ice and the car is just fabulous.   Wynonia is a very talented singer and loves to attend Sacred Harp State Conventions around the country.  We bought our Model S 90D new in mid June of 2016 and have put over 39,000 miles on it.   We have been in 24 states and have been to the West Coast twice and to Florida twice.  Wynonia has attended singing conventions in Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Kansas and probably a couple more that I have forgotten.  We passionately love our Tesla and will never go back to gas or diesel.   We also have 2 Model 3s on order.

We love to travel and are averaging about 4,000 miles per month, though we had the flu in April, so we didn’t do too much that month.  Our total charging road expenses  for 39,000 miles has been $28.30.  

I am a retired United Airlines Captain, and started my aviation career as a 19 year old Army helicopter pilot.   I served a year in Viet Nam, and spent a year in the Army flying in Germany.   We have traveled the world, mostly flying, but haven’t been in an airplane since we bought the Tesla.  Truly LOVE IT!

We are looking forward to meeting other Tesla and other EV owners as well.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Horizon K-8 EV day

Our members Dan Rosenblatt and Dennis Korth attended Horizon's K-8 EV project day. Thanks to Dan R. for the photos, we're grateful they attended and spread the word about EVs. From Dan Rosenblatt:

There was a roadster, my model S, someone's new model X, a volt, a bolt, and a BMW I3.  There was also Denis's VW conversion, also a Porsche conversion -  it's orange, an electric motorcycle, and then the K-8 kids had a scooter, something slightly larger than a scooter, and a three wheeler all built to be electric drive.  Inside the building (hmmm ... no pcs) was a robotics project.

The one interior picture showing a seat folded down was from the model X.

First season car show a hit

Three members of the CSEVC attended the First Saturday's Car Show with their vehicles today. Our newest member, Wayne Buessing, brought his 2017 Chevy Volt. Thanks to Wayne for providing the photo of the three club members (Wilson H, left, Mac M., Center and Wayne B. right).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Member - Wayne Buessing

We have a new member, Wayne Buessing, who met us at the 2017 Sustain-A-Fest "Earth Day" event. He has a 2017 Chevy Volt, make him welcome when you meet him!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

First Saturdays Car Shows start this week!

A Colorado Springs Cars & Coffee show that's very popular is the First and Main First Saturdays Car Show. There are pastries and coffee for sale and quite a display of cars. There are classics, hot rods and sponsored car clubs (Mustangs this weekend). You can even make the show (8:00am - 11:00am) in the morning and still get to other shows the same day. Give it a try...and get there about 7:00am for a good spot (no saving spaces, no reserved spaces). The map locator is here.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Horizon K-8 School to showcase EVs this weekend

The DEVC monthly meeting will be at Horizons K-8 School, 4545 Sioux Drive, Boulder, CO. on May 6th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. The School EV Club will have their projects on display and invite those with EV’s to join them for an EV show. This is a great way to get youngsters involved with EVs, so they would love to have your EV there on display. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day was chilly but we had cars!

The Sustain-A-Fest started out cold but got warmer as the day went on. Our club had a Spark EV, a Leaf, a BMW i3 and a few Teslas. John Duprey showed his selection of electric bikes. Thanks to everyone who attended please visit the event page for the photos.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New member Michelle Popejoy, our first Ford EV!

Our latest member, Michelle Popejoy, has a 2014 Ford Focus Electric and charges from Colorado Springs. Please make her welcome when you see her!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Excellent information about EV battery degradation

I found a great video that discusses Tesla battery degradation here. It uses information gathered from Tesla owners of years of ownership, and you'll be pleasantly surprised as to the lifespan of the Tesla battery (Cliff Notes version: 7% degradation was observed even after 100,000 miles).

-Wilson H.

Check out the Events and Calendar page!

Just in case you haven't visited our Events and Calendar page lately, it's getting pretty full with car show news as we get it. You'll have a show to attend almost every weekend this year until October, so make sure you check it out as often as you can. I consider it one of the most useful things we do here at the CSEVC!
-Wilson Hitchings
CSEVC Website Admin

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PPIR run for your car

Hi Wilson,

At the last CSEVC meeting, I mentioned the upcoming local autox. Registration and more info for the May 21st event is now available here:

PPSCC autocrosses are designed to be fun and are great for beginners. It is happening at Pikes Peak Raceway just south of the Spring. Any car can run (though I'm not sure about the Model X SUV). People just need to clean the loose stuff out of them. Loaner helmets are available at the event.
I think the EV club members might have a good time tossing their cars through the cones with all the torque available from 0. Let me know if I can provide any other info.

Jeff Schmoyer
Member #84

Anticpated Model 3 upgrades

David McNeil sent me an article about the anticipated Tesla Model 3 upgrades and costs, it's quite interesting. View it here.

Sustain-A-Fest (April 22) has LOTS of room!

CSEVC Founder, Mac McCauley, and myself, visited the Sustain-A-Fest location on N. El Paso St. in Colorado Springs this week and discovered that it appears we have plenty of room for whomever wants to exhibit their cars. If the organization gives us the room they've planned on, anyone and everyone can come on down!

Please visit our Sustain-A-Fest Event Page for specific details and a map. The event is on April 22.

I'm getting confirmation that we will have the space allotted, but it looks like it's open season on showing your car. I'll send out a final invitation with firm information this week. If you haven't planned on showing your car (the weather looks GREAT this weekend in Colorado Springs), please think about it.

-Wilson Hitchings

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New Chevy Bolt seen at the Denver Auto Show

I worked a booth at the Denver Auto Show this Sunday, April 9, and saw only three EVs, a Leaf an i3 and the new Chevy Bolt. Enjoy!
-Wilson H.