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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: https://youtu.be/IEnlVvDzs8g

-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 info@csevc.com 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:
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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:
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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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

VW electric car wins the PPHC!

I found this article from the Irish EV Club that I belong to on Facebook! It's interesting that I had to read it from an overseas group than a USA publication, isn't it? The Fully Charged YouTube crew was here last week to cover the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, I'm looking forward to their video on Colorado Springs...

Article here: https://www.wired.com/story/engineering-of-the-vw-pikes-peak-battery/

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Fully Charged YouTube Channel!

Jonny Smith of the YouTube channel Fully Charged came to the Garden of the Gods visitor's center on Friday, June 22 and taped a show (will be edited and published later). The subject of the show was the Tesla Model 3, which Jonny Smith had never seen before. Their show originates in Great Britain and it's going to be some time before any RHD copies of a Model 3 get made. Several CSEVC members were interviewed, as were Denver Tesla Club members. I am a subscriber and Patreon member of the channel (that means I contribute monthly) and get great EV information from it - consider liking, subscribing and donating!











Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bob Chaput takes delivery of his Model 3!

Finally got delivery a couple of weeks ago. Beautiful car. Drives like a dream.

I’m sorry I won’t be joining you for the factory tour in July. Maybe next time if there is a next time.

Regards, Bob Chaput


Fully Charged Show - Model 3 owners

Here's the latest about the Fully Charged Show this Friday:

We'll be meeting at Garden of Gods Visitors Center parking lot at 3 on Friday. All future communication for the event will be on the FB event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/248634285905229/

Monday, June 18, 2018

Model 3 owners unite!

I just got this message from the Denver Tesla Club, I'll be attending the Friday event...

Hello All!

It's been a while since my last email. Hope all are doing well. We have two events this weekend I'd like for you to be aware of:

We have our June meet up this Sunday at The Wines of Colorado in Cascade, Colorado, AND a secondary meet up with the UK YouTube channel Fully Charged (https://www.youtube.com/user/fullychargedshow) this Friday in Colorado Springs. See details below.


Sunday June 24, 2018, 9 am - 2 pm

The Wines of Colorado
8045 W. Hwy 24
Cascade, CO 80809

We are limiting this to only 20 spots so if you plan on attending, please RSVP immediately. If we have an overwhelming interest, we may open it up to more. Meet at Park Meadows Supercharger at 9:00 am. Scenic drive through the mountains (HWY 85, 67, to 24). Lunch at location at 12 pm.

Friday June 22, 2018 3 pm - 6 pm

Specific location TBD
Colorado Springs

Brief: YouTube channel Fully Charged will be in Colorado Springs this weekend and they reached out to us to feature any Model 3 owners a part of Denver Tesla Club (and Colorado Springs EV Club). Their focus will be to highlight Model 3 owner's experience with the car. If you are a Model 3 owner and you'd like to participate, please let me know as soon as possible. All are welcome, even if you don't own a Model 3.

Any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

For future events through the end of 2018, please see our website: https://denverteslaclub.org/upcoming-events/



--
Sean Mitchell

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Mercedes EQ commercial

Here's a great look and the Mercedes EQ concept car that's due out in a couple of years: https://youtu.be/vYZGKHc2zdY

Our club member is a playwright!

An email from our club member, Jeff Schmoyer:

Hi all,

I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of an incorrect time for Sunday that was on the ticketing site. Thespiana 2018 will have an evening performance Saturday, June 30 at 7PM, and a matinee Sunday July 1 at 2:30PM.

And one other update: I don't have to be on stage after all--my debut can wait for Broadway! My own play will still be showcased.

More info at Thespiana.com.

Thanks,
Jeff

Previous message:

Thespiana is back and my latest play, And the Winner Is..., will be front and center. This will be the short play festival's third year and will feature readings of six new plays, and songs stolen from a melodrama. It should make for a fun afternoon or evening.

Performances are Saturday, June 30 at 7PM and July 1 at 2:30PM at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Ticket, play, and actor info can be found at Thespiana.com.

The bad news is that I have been tapped not only as a playwright and director, but also for a small part in one of the plays. But don't let that scare you off.

Hope to see you there,
Jeff

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Colorado Concours Show, 2018

Our club member, Dan Rosenblatt, was the only Tesla at the 2018 Concours in Littleton, CO today. Last year we had (I think) 8 - 12 Teslas on display.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Great turnout for CSU Efficiency Day!

Thanks to all that showed up and exhibited their cars today, it was hot!










CSU Efficiency Day today!

Stop by if you can, this event is one we sponsor every year. It's on from 9:00am - 1:00pm, FREE, and a great way to get new ideas about energy.





Friday, June 8, 2018

EV Racing club inquiry

I represent a Colorado nonprofit that is looking to organize EV racing events beginning in 2019.  We are planning on attending the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (and surrounding events) on June 22-24.  I don't see on your website whether your club is planning any collateral events during this weekend, but if you are we would love to attend to introduce our organization to your members and vice versa.

Let me give some more detail about what we're hoping to do:
Our focus is on production EVs rather than purpose-built racecars.  So we'd love to get the Model S Bandimere crowd out to our events, but also cars that people wouldn't normally think of as racecars, everything from a Leaf to a conversion car to a prototype vehicle, even some hybrids.  Given that diversity, we would race the cars in a fluid set of classes, largely dependent on which vehicles come out to a given event, to get interesting/competitive matchups.  The idea is to get people having fun seeing what EVs can do in a competitive environment (even if that's not necessarily a high performance environment for all of the cars).

We are aiming for a similar diversity in event format, whether drag, oval, circuit, road, etc.  Given that we expect a large proportion of initial participants to be people who have never raced before, we anticipate our first racing event including a High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) component to get a stock of qualified drivers for future events.  Since, as you pointed out, we would be talking about racing some daily drivers, we intend to operate under modified rules (limited passing zones, light run groups, etc.) so as to not require safety modifications to stock vehicles (basically, the drivers would have full safety equipment but we would stick with OEM roll protection and safety belts).
With that background in mind, I think there would be a couple of different ways we could partner with your club.  The most basic level would just be networking and communication, trying to knit together communities interested in EVs, who perhaps haven't had much prior interest in racing, with communities interested in racing, who perhaps haven't had much prior interest in EVs.  This is largely what we are thinking for an event the weekend of the Hill Climb; basically just let us buy your members some drinks, chat them up about what we're looking to do, and get some input from them about how we might tailor our operations to their interests.

As things build, I think there would also be good opportunities for cross-promotion.  We intend to network with other EV and racing clubs in similar ways and launch a web forum where folks can see what other clubs are up to in the hopes of getting some crossover participation in each others' events.  That will also give us a good network for promotion of our events.  We might also be able to offer your members some tangible benefits at our events (reduced entry/admission fees etc.).  Finally, if things go well, there might also be opportunities for cross/co-sponsorship.  We might be able to help sponsor some events for your club, give your club some recognition as a sponsor of our events, and/or act as an organizing sponsor for large-scale events that would bring together a number of clubs.

Those are obviously some pretty wide-ranging and speculative ideas about what the future might hold.  For now though our focus is just on opening up a network of communication to generate interest in what we're doing and orient ourselves to the EV community.  Hopefully that gives you some idea of what we're thinking, but feel free to ask any follow-up questions.  I'd love to get your thoughts on whether any/all of this might be of interest to your members.
Thanks.
-Sean Towles

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Drive Electric Week Event!


You're invited to the upcoming webinar, Drive Electric Week: Organizing a Great 2018 Event. You will learn about the different types of NDEW events you can organize and hear from city captains who can share tips and best practices for putting on the best event for your community!


 As always, we'll save some time at the end for you to ask questions and get the answers you need.
The webinar will be held on:
Thursday, June 14th, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT / 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT 

Registration required to attend.
Many thanks for supporting National Drive Electric Week!
Kylie Morgan
Plug In America

The National Drive Electric Week Organizing Committee Electric Auto Association
Plug In America
Sierra Club
driveelectricweek.org

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

New Member Mitchell McDonald

Our latest member, Mitchell McDonald, is from Colorado Springs, CO and drives a 2014 BMW i3. We hope to see him at some club events, so make him welcome when you meet him!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Nick Lundberg is the high-mileage leader!

Our earliest club member, Nick Lundberg, is driving all over Colorado in his new Model 3. He continually sets the lowest watt hours per mile of any typical owner we know of. He's been kind enough to send us some photos of his new Model 3 in scenic places in Colorado - thanks Nick!


Wilkerson Pass (above)


Hoosier Pass (coming back from Breckenridge) above


Twin Lakes, heading to Independence Pass (above)


Independence Pass, 12,039 ft (above)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

First Saturdays Car Show this weekend

Check out our Meetings and Events page, there are many shows to visit. This Saturday is the First Saturdays Car Show at the Cinemark Theater on Powers Blvd. in Colorado Springs. Cars start to arrive about 7:00am, with it nearly full by 7:30am. Hundreds of cars participate, great show, I suggest you visit!
-Wilson Hitchings

Monday, May 28, 2018

From John Dyste at Porsche Colorado Springs

I just saw a video of Adam Levine from Maroon 5 driving a Mission E.  Here’s think link.


Can’t wait to have a go.


John Dyste
Porsche Colorado Springs
Cell: 612-961-2381

Office: 719-219-5013

Sunday, May 27, 2018

We're international, folks!

As the website administrator, I keep track of our blog and it's activity. I am surprised to see that Europe - Poland and Russia - have people that view our website this week! Interesting, huh? And when viewing our all-time stats (last photo), Israel is our second highest source of visits!
-Wilson Hitchings

Last Week (below)


All-time stats (below)



Porsche Mission E taking reservations

Thanks to Mark Gama for this message. I'd love to see a Mission E, please let our club know if you order one!
-Wilson H


John Dyste
Porsche Colorado Springs
Cell: 612-961-2381
Office: 719-219-5013

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mark's Tesla Service Experience

I received this message from Mark Holzrichter, our member, about his Tesla service experience:

Hi Wilson,
Delete this if you don't want to take time to read about a Model S problem and resolution.
I work one week a month at a facility near Yoder CO including 3 miles on dirt roads to get there. Last Thursday as I left work near Yoder my Model S made loud noises like fingernails on a chalkboard. The sound seemed to come from the left front wheel. I stopped, felt around the wheel and found a plate covering the inside of the brake rotor that made the same pitch when I twanged it. I called Tesla service, drove 3 mph and let him listen. He said it sounded like a rock got where it did not belong, and he could send service to rescue me or I could drive home. He notified Mobile Service to make an appointment.  He said the car would tell me if I needed to stop for safety. I decided to drive home. Thinking it over I started by going in reverse at 12mph for a few yards. The noise stopped and only returned the next morning at the second stop sign. I returned home, parked, and took my wife's minivan to Yoder. Mobile Service called 2 hours later, came to my house an hour after that, removed 2 rocks, test drove it, topped off fluids, and charged me nothing even though it's past 50,000 miles, and maybe not Tesla's fault. I'm a happy camper.
Share if you like.
This week I met Nick who told the inspiring story of being the first Model 3 reservation in CO. He's had his Model 3 for 3 weeks. It's a nice red that looks to me like a special color only for early reservations. He said his Dad got the same car.
I'm pleased to now see Model 3s as often as I see Xs and Ss.
Happy driving.
Mark

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Custer Dinner at Custer Corral, Custer, SD

The best buffet South Dakota has to offer is at the Custer Corral in downtown Custer, SD. Thanks again to Dan Rosenblatt for the photos.





Crazy Horse Monument, SD up close

Our club President, Mac McCauley, is at Custer, SD at the Crazy Horse monument. Here is his lovely wife, BJ (in pink), up close and personal at the statue.

 

Custer, SD Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Our club member, Dan Rosenblatt, sent us photos of the new Tesla Supercharger ribbon cutting ceremony in Custer, SD. Thanks, Dan!