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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.

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!

More Custer photos!

Thanks, Dan Rosenblatt, for the photos from Custer yesterday!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Custer Trip has started

Here are a few photos from Mac McCauley from Thursday - he made the trip to Custer one day early. Enjoy!

The first charge from Colorado Springs was in Loveland, CO

After charging in Cheyenne, WY, the last charge was in Lusk, WY.

The Crepe Myrtle at Lusk was in full bloom on Thursday!

It rained the last hour into Custer, SD.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New members Ron and Pam Standley

Our latest additions, Ron and Pam Standley, come from Larkspur, CO and have a 2015 Model S 90D Titanium. Please make them welcome when you meet them!

50 years ago, same range

I was doing some research for a presentation I'm doing in August and I discovered the Henney Kilowatt. It had the same range as a modern Nissan Leaf! Only a few were built so one can only imagine what an original one is worth these days!

And here's a YouTube video of one:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Latest communication about Custer, SD

This email was sent by Mac McCauley to the known attendees of the Custer, SD Rally this year:

Hello!  I am Mac McCauley, president of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club, in Colorado.  I am the owner of one of the ORIGINAL 10 Teslas who attended the very FIRST Custer SD Tesla Rally in 2014.  Sorry that I have used the email list of attendees kindly provided by the Custer Chamber of Commerce to contact you.  I will not keep or share your email address beyond just this one email.  I am contacting all attendees with some information:

Since you will be attending the Custer Rally this year, there is something that is sort of fun to do while traveling, if you want to do it. At the very FIRST Custer Rally in 2014, SOMEONE from California (I have forgotten his name) dreamed up a way for all of us to keep track of each other while traveling IF YOU WANT. He created a GLYMPSE BANG TAG (also known as a Glympse Public Group). First you download the GLYMPSE app onto your smartphone, then go to the main menu (3 lines up at the left top of the app), down to PUBLIC TAGS, then enter this text: !soundofsilence. That is the exclamation mark (!) and soundofsilence without any spaces (enter). Then go to the big G at the bottom of the app and touch SHARE. Choose how long you want to share your locations (up to 12 hours at a time), then hit SHARE. Done. Now if you look on the map, you can see where you and EVERYONE using the SOS bang tag is IN REAL TIME! If you don't want people to be able to see where you are, just turn it off.

Now, get this: You give your friends and relatives who are not going with you this URL:

Now, anyone with ANY web browser on any computer or phone can see where you are and where other participants from all over are located. Tons of fun for friends and relatives to know where you are RIGHT NOW!  BTW, you can call up that web page in the Tesla Model S or X web browser WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING. If you have a Model 3, TOO BAD, no browser!

The constant updating uses some additional cellular battery and data. In my experience, it is not bad, but you might want to plug in your phone while traveling and check your data usage if you are on a tiny data plan.

This is quite handy, because if most everyone going to the Custer Rally uses Glympse, you will be able to see what participants (if any) are at superchargers as you approach them and where everyone else is located. Sometimes you will find a travel buddy going the same way. I will try to keep sharing my location from now on until the end of the rally. I changed my "handle" to Mac & BJ. We live in Colorado Springs and will travel on May 17 (Thursday) and May 20 (Sunday). See you there, please be sure to say hi!   

Mac McCauley (and wife, BJ)
We are driving our Signature silver Model X, and we also have a Model 3.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

First Saturdays Car Show

Two Model S's and two Model 3s were at the First Saturdays Car Show today. A red convertible was in amongst the EVs but was happy to be there.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Andrew Soeldner - new photo!

One of our most patient club members - Andrew Soeldner - sent in a new photo of his Model 3. He waited quite some time to get his new vehicle, and was the first in the state to order the car. He sent in a new photo which shows his new wheels...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Stay tuned for a Supercharger event!

Thanks to Ed Post, our member, for notifying me about an future/possible Estes Park Supercharger event happening at the Stanley Hotel.

See the event highlighted here:

We are sponsoring the CSU Efficiency Day!

We need electric cars for the CSU Efficiency Day, June 9, 2018 at the Mesa Road building in Colorado Springs. Our club has supported this event (sometimes called Conservation Event) for years. We need EVs to display during the show (see the flyer below) so if you can come by for even a portion of the day on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 8:00am - 1:00pm, please let me know.
-Wilson Hitchings

First Saturdays car show has MOVED!

The First Saturdays car show that is starting this Saturday, May 5, 2018, has moved positions at the First and Main Town Center on Powers Blvd. and Constitution in Colorado Springs. No longer in front of Dick's Sporting Goods, it's at the Holiday Inn (same complex) closer to the Cinemark movie theater. This is a great show, no all-day commitment, hundreds of cars. Here is the event's announcement from their website:

The First & Main First Saturdays Car Show is an annual concert series in it’s 9th year of operation that runs every first Saturday from May to October from 8-10am. The car show centers around bringing people of Colorado Springs together in a historic, fun-filled, family friendly environment. The event is hosted IN A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR behind the Holiday Inn adjacent to the Cinemark Movie Theater in the First & Main Town Center.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Tesla Photo Shoot - Conceal Fab

I got this email from our club member who took his Tesla for a photo shoot:


I contacted Dennis Roark and took my Tesla for a photo op on Saturday. I took a couple of my own and was wondering if you would like to post one on the website. Dennis was kind enough to take my wife and me on an interesting tour of the Conceal Fab production setup and explained various aspects of their many products. 

I am guessing Tesla will be setting up these modular cell towers near new supercharger stations in remote areas as they expand their supercharger network, well beyond regions that currently have good cell tower service. 

Mike Witter

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Photo op for a Tesla owner!

I received this message in the mail late yesterday, if you're interested in having your Tesla in a photo shoot, please contact Dennis Roark.
Hey Wilson,

I have an opportunity for a Tesla Owner or three to possibly get their car noticed by Elon himself.  A Client of mine, Conceal Fab builds a product for Tesla to be used at their charging stations.  Tesla HQ has asked they provide a few pictures of the V1 Tower with a couple Tesla's for perspective.  If any of the COS Tesla owners would be gracious enough to let them take a few photos it would be much appreciated.  I could meet them anytime Thursday afternoon, Friday or Saturday to get them in and give them a tour.  It shouldn't take too much of their time.

I can be reached at this email address or my phone number is listed below.  Conceal Fab is located at 10205 Federal Drive COS CO 80903.  Just off Interquest.

Take care,


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Earth Day response

Hello Earth Day Celebration Partners,

Thank you all for partnering to help celebrate this year’s Earth Day!  The weather certainly did not help but it is great to get some moisture for our area.  Sorry to those who ended up canceling due to the cold and snow.  We were able to move many partners inside and have a smooth event that saw over 2,400 visitors!

Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for improving next year’s event.
Next year’s event will take place on Sat., April 20th, 2019.  I hope you can join us again for our 22nd annual Earth Day Celebration!

Thanks again!

Bret Tennis
Parks Operations Administrator
Garden of the Gods
City of Colorado Springs
(719) 219-0108 office

Friday, April 20, 2018

Earth Day Club participation cancelled

UPDATE: The CSEVC is cancelling our participation for Earth Day due to bad weather. The event will go on indoors, but outside vendors are cancelling.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Can a decades-old Morris Minor be electric?

Here's an interesting twist on EVs - convert a classic car to an EV over a weekend! Even the latest and greatest EV has an environmental impact when being manufactured. By far the least impact is to convert an existing gas car to electric, you save all the manufacturing costs. Here's an article about a company selling conversion kits for the old Morris Minor...what a great way to update any car!

Read about it here.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wendy Crawford is our latest member!

We've just added Solar Consultant Wendy Crawford to our club's membership list! She works for Ecomark Solar and will be getting an EV when she next replaces her car. Please make her welcome!
-Wilson Hitchings

Sustain-A-Fest a windy success!

We had a good turnout of CSEVC club members despite the cold wind. I'm posting this on Sunday and wishing today's weather happened yesterday. Our club showed all three Tesla models available for purchase (MS/MX/M3), a Spark EV, several Leafs and a Ford C-Max hybrid. Thanks to everyone that participated!
-Wilson H.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Andrew finally gets his M3!

Our club member, Andrew, was the first in Colorado to order an M3...and it's here!

Earth Day Official Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                            
Bret Tennis
Parks Operations Administrator
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
1805 N. 30th St.
Colorado Springs, CO  80904

21st Annual Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration 2018
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host the 2018 Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a free event with lots of fun and education for all ages.  There will be lots of activities with over 30 partnering organizations to include demonstrations, educational booths, crafts, and live animals.  Parking for this event is across the street at Rock Ledge Ranch with free shuttle services. 

Some highlights of the event include:

·       Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and their celebration events.
·       Free performances: American Indian Dancers, Chemical Magic Show, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
·       Live animals from Nature’s Educators, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Touch the Earth, and the Air Force Academy falcons
·       Nature walks, touch tables, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and educational exhibits by over 35 participating partners.
·       Volunteer option for the Garden of the Gods Park Clean-up (Registration at 8:30 am).
·       All the fun, shopping, and dining at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
·       Free climbing wall.
·       Star Party follows from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm (same location).

This fun, free, family event focuses on bringing awareness to Earth Day while educating the community to take care of our natural treasures, live green and protect our environment through green thinking and living. For more information:

Then, on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, the City of Colorado Springs’ Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department will host a Motorless Morning in Garden of the Gods Park. This pilot event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park from 5-10 a.m. The event is part of a series of Earth Day activities at Garden of the Gods Park April 21-22.

During the Motorless Morning, visitors will be encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center or Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. As always, the park will remain free and open to the public, and all park rules and regulations will be in effect.
This pilot program was conceptualized from a recent transportation study designed to enhance the visitor experience and protect the natural elements of Garden of the Gods Park. The parks department sought input last month from residents about proposed ways to alleviate congestion, enhance access and reduce emissions.
Please visit for more information.

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
1805 North 30th Street - Colorado Springs, CO 80904 - 719.634-6666

Friday, April 6, 2018

New member Tom Harrington

Our latest member to join is Tom Harrington from Colorado Springs, CO. He has a 2017 Chevy Bolt and we hope to see him at our next event...make him welcome!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Earth Day 2018 needs EVs!

The next weekend after the Sustain-A-Fest, the Earth Day Celebration wants EVs! I was asked to see if our club could provide cars. The event is Saturday, April 21, 9:00am - 3:00pm at the Garden of the Gods Visitors Center. If you're interested, please RSVP to Bret Tennis mentioned in our broadcast email. The GOTG park has allocated parking spots #4 - #9 for electric vehicles. Note that there is a waiver of liability you must sign to participate.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Sustain-A-Fest needs volunteers this April 14!

To All:
    Yet again the CSEVC is a featured group that is participating in the 2018 Sustain-A-Fest event on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Colorado Springs, CO. This sustainability event showcases renewable living choices, and electric vehicles are a large part of that event. The event is at the SustainEvent Center, 704 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3104. Participating EV’s will enter the event area from the intersection of Willamette St. and El Paso St. in Colorado Springs, CO as you turn South onto El Paso St.  There will be a road barrier and CSPD officer who will allow you into the event area. If you're on Facebook, the event is listed

    If you have an electric car - non-Tesla brands are encouraged - that you would like to put on display any time from noon to 6:00pm on April 14 in Colorado Springs, please RSVP to me as soon as possible. We'd prefer local non-Tesla cars because those can easily attend a Colorado Springs event and the Sustain-A-Fest folks like to show affordable options for travel (Model 3 owners are welcome!). You can come and go as you please at the event, you don't have to stay the entire time. Most attendees stay a couple of hours and then leave. I'd like to be able to have vehicles on display for the entire show, so if you can RSVP and tell me when you can make it, please do. Say something like "I can stay noon until 2:00pm" or "I can stay a couple of hours at any time during the show". I will assign you to a time of mutual agreement for the show.
    Thanks for considering this event, it's one of many we do with environmental and sustainability organizations. Shows like this are a great way to share your EV experience with others!
-Wilson Hitchings
CSEVC Web Admin
P.S. I'll be at the show the entire time, so you can contact me during the day if you have any questions. If you participated last year, please do so again regardless of your vehicle model.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New member Alberto del Toro!

Welcome our latest, Alberto del Toro, from Colorado Springs. He has a blue 2014 Tesla Model S 70D and a Model 3 on order. Let's hope he joins one of our car shows and shares his Model S!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Pre-emptive recall for Tesla Model S

For Tesla Model S owners, Tesla is recalling all vehicles manufactured prior to April 2016. No danger is present, but they have noticed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts for cars used in cold climates where calcium or magnesium salts are used on the roads (instead of table salt). Tesla will contact those owners and setup a hour-long service appointment for replacement of the bolts. No deaths have been associated with this recall, it a pre-emptive call to prevent future problems.

-Wilson H.

The text of the message (which applies to me):

In order to ensure your safety, Tesla will proactively retrofit a power steering component in all Model S vehicles built before April 2016. (No other Tesla vehicles are affected.) There have been no injuries or accidents due to this component, despite accumulating more than a billion miles of driving.
To be clear, this recall does not apply to any Model X or Model 3 vehicles, only to Model S vehicles built before April 2016.
We have observed excessive corrosion in the power steering bolts, though only in very cold climates, particularly those that frequently use calcium or magnesium road salts, rather than sodium chloride (table salt). Nonetheless, Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment.
If the bolts fail, the driver is still able to steer the car, but increased force is required due to loss or reduction of power assist. This primarily makes the car harder to drive at low speeds and for parallel parking, but does not materially affect control at high speed, where only small steering wheel force is needed.
Our records show that you own a Model S affected by this voluntary recall. At this time there is no immediate action you need to take and you may continue to drive your Model S. Tesla will contact you to schedule an appointment when parts are available in your region. The retrofit will typically take around an hour.
Thank you for being a Tesla customer, and we apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at (877) 798‑3752 or by email at

Looks like Tesla has influenced ALL car makers...

Here's a link to a YouTube channel I subscribe to; this particular show is at the Geneva Automobile Show and it's astounding how many car makers are now promising EVs. Subscribe to channel if you like, it keeps you up-to-date on all things renewable and all things EV.

Here's the video.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Got junk on your trunk?

Here's a notice from club member Mark Holzrichter:

Hey Colorado Model S owners, check the chrome between the tail lights. Mine is showing rust spots. It's just under 2.5 years old. Other chrome looks ok. Denver service center said it's due to magchloride on the roads and is getting me a replacement. I'm not going to bother replacing the chrome on my 17.5 year old Toyota which has similar rust spots.

UPDATE: Mark has had the problem fixed, the two photos of the fixed bright work are below:

The faded and corroded pieces are shown below:

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Custer, SD Rally is progressing

Here's an email from Rod Hoffman, coordinator of the 2018 Custer, SC Tesla Rally
-Wilson Hitchings

Dear Tesla Enthusiasts,

I am sending this reminder of our5th Annual Tesla Rally to the Black Hills of South Dakota on May 18th – 20th in Custer, South Dakota.  This year we have “graduated” to Supercharger status and local construction is just starting on the eight bank facility – WOO HOO! A photo is attached of the equipment staged on the site.

Attached are details outlined by our sponsor, the Custer Chamber of Commerce.  If you have questions or want other information, please contact Dolsee Davenport, Office Manager & Events Coordinator for the Chamber at (605) 673-2244 or e-mail her above.  Dave, my brother-in-law is still in charge, but he is juggling 4 other events and has asked that Dolsee be the point person for communication.  I also may have duplicated some e-mails so I apologize if this happened.  I am moving away from administration of the event but wanted to reach out personally so everyone has advance information.  Also, please pass this onto others who may be interested – a Tesla is not required to attend.

I will be there again in my (now antique) 2013 Model S85 and we expect several Model 3s this year.

See you in May!



Rod Hoffman, PE

S & H Consulting LLC
115 Cedar Way | Evergreen, Colorado | 80439
Phone: 303.674.0475 | Cell: 303.517.9430 | Fax: 303.679.9998
E-mail: rodhoffman AT

First Factory Tour is now full

We have reached the maximum number of confirmed tour participants for our July tour. Sorry but this means that ride-a-long requests cannot be honored for the same tour. If you are a ride-a-long requester, please plan your own tour and trip schedule. There are four tours a day at Tesla, and you have time to reserve a place the same day as the first group is attending.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Deadline for Factory Tour signup is FRIDAY

This Friday, March 23, is the deadline to notify me that you want to attend the group Tesla Factory Tour in July. We have a few slots left so make sure you email me at info AT csevc DOT com to get details and signup information.
-Wilson Hitchings

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Newest Member is Doug Bursnall

Our latest member is an old friend, Doug Bursnall. Doug is an DSM Conservation Specialist Senior at CSU (Colorado Springs Utilities) and has been the CSU representative for our events with CSU. He just bought a 2018 Chevy Bolt this past weekend so he's joining our ranks as EV owners. Please make him welcome when you meet him!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CSU wants us to attend!


I've heard that the EV Club's participation at past Efficiency Expos has been one of the hits of the event, and I would like to invite the club to participate again this year. This year's Expo will be held at the CSU building on Mesa Road in Colorado Springs on Saturday June 9th from 9am-1pm. We have the usual space reserved for the EV Club (unless we hear otherwise!).

I sincerely hope you'll accept our invitation to attend this year's event, and I look forward to hearing from you .


Tyson R. Buerkle
Sr. Conservation Specialist
DSM & Renewable Energy Solutions
Colorado Springs Utilities

Monday, March 12, 2018

Would YOU think of this?

I follow this guy on YouTube and he finally ran out of energy in his Tesla Model S...

His 12v battery died while he was sitting on the side of the road, Tesla sent a tow for him (since he's out of warranty, it cost $311). The interesting thing is that he gave advice I would never have thought to do if you run out of energy (so there's nothing to charge the 12v battery with):

  1. Have a screwdriver available for nosecone cars to pry off the nosecode in 2015 and older cars - that's where the 12v jumper terminals are.
  2. Before the car/12v dies, use the screen to open the charge port!
  3. Before the car/12v dies, put the car in TOW mode so it can go on a flatbed; you MUST chock the wheels after doing this because TOW mode is neutral!
I never would've thought to do those things...I'm going to put wheel chocks and a screwdriver in my car now.

-Wilson H.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Tesla Fremont Tour - Tuesday, July 17

To all those considering participating in our Tesla Fremont Factory Tour this year, we have received a deadline from Tesla to have our intended date and participant list to them soon for a July 2018 visit.

We have sent out a blast email to all our email members asking about your participation in the trip. To save time with back-and-forth emails, we have selected Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:00am as the date of the tour. We wanted to avoid July 4th week as that is a common family vacation time and would result in fewer people being able to attend. Several club members are driving as a group, but anyone can just meet at the factory if they have RSVP'd to me. It is extremely difficult to coordinate separate drivers on a long trip, so we will simply announce any gatherings we plan for those days and those attending will have to plan their driving schedules accordingly.

We will need the following (please wait for your email!) from each party going:

--owner name
--owner email
--owner VIN or RN
--total number, including owner & guests (max 4)
--mobile phone #

I will gather all this information when you send it and submit to Tesla. If you are NOT on our mailing list but want to go, contact me at info at csevc dot com.

-Wilson Hitchings

From Tesla:

Here is some information about our tours in Fremont that will help guide you, please read carefully:

  • We host factory tours for Tesla owners Monday-Friday promptly at 10am, 11am, 3pm, and 4pm, excluding major holidays
  • Tours last approximately 60 minutes
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • No toddlers or infants (0 – 36 months old) permitted on the tour
  • The registered Tesla owner must be present for the tour and may bring up to 3 guests
  • Tesla owners may book one tour per calendar year