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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

Friday, March 2, 2018

Impromptu Car Show this Saturday

Hello, everyone!  I will have my new Model 3 in the GOG Trading Post at Noon on Saturday.  So far, we will have 8 cars there, which equals a pretty good gathering!  Interestingly enough, there will be Tesla Model S, X, and 3, a Nissan Leaf, and a Fiat 500e (the ELECTRIC Fiat).  After checking out all the cars, we will go inside the TP and have lunch!

Should be tons of fun!  See you on Saturday!


P.S. - For those that may not have received our newsletter, meet at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post about noon to see all these cars, then have lunch.
-Wilson H.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Newsletter notice - did you get one?

A newsletter was sent out yesterday (Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018) via email blast. If you are a member of our club and want our newsletters but did NOT get one, please send me a message and I'll update our mailing list. I recently had a computer crash and believe I fully recovered my email mailing list; please let me know if I need to update our records for you.
-Wilson H.
info at csevc dot com

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tesla Rally to Custer, SD - registration open

The registration to the annual Tesla Rally is now open (May 18, 19 and 20), click here for early registration. If you're going, also get your hotel registration made as the hotels fill up rather quickly.

Concours d'Elegance registration open!

One of the largest car shows of the year is the Concours d'Elegance in Littleton, CO. Our club was there last year with a great turnout. Even if you don't want to exhibit your car, it's a great show with high-dollar vehicles. The registration is now open ( ) and if you're considering going, get ready to register.
-Wilson Hitchings

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Great trip to Poncha Springs, CO

Several members of the CSEVC and the Denver Tesla Club made a trip to the new Tesla Supercharger in Poncha Springs, CO. The DTC started out from the Park Meadows Supercharger about 8:00am and met at the Colorado Springs SC at 9:15am. Lunch was at Tony's Restaurant and then everyone departed on their own way back. We met several new members on the trip, glad to have you!
-Wilson Hitchings
P.S. Thanks to Jenny Zichterman for the group photo!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Our club's first Model 3!

Congratulations to our club founders, Mac and BJ McCauley, on taking delivery of their new Tesla Model 3. Several club members attended the delivery party: Andrew S., Sean M., Dan R., Chaz C. and myself. I had never seen a Model 3 until then! Enjoy the photos, especially the one of Andrew S. amusing himself with my efforts to take a photo.
-Wilson H.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Welcome new members John and Michell Blackmore!

Our newest members hail from Henderson, CO (between Commerce City and Brighton, CO). They have a Tesla Model S 90D Blue 2016, Nissan Leaf Blue 2015 and are Tesla Model 3 reservation holders (will be Red).

Their message to us was:

Hello, we looking to be a part of the EV club.  We would like to get out there and meet other EV owners like us.  We purchased our Tesla in Dec of 2016 and have had so much fun driving it from coast to coast last year.  She now has 31,500 miles.  We have also registered to attend the Custer, SD Tesla Rally 2018….really looking forward to this event. 

We look forward to meeting everyone….

Thursday, February 15, 2018

EV Presentation

I got this message for broadcast on our blog (slightly edited for updates):

My name is Garrett Garner-Wells and I'm the director of Environment Colorado. 

I'll be in the Springs next Thursday, Feb. 22 to release a new report on EV infrastructure policy at 11am at the EV charging station on Colorado College's campus (830 N Nevada Ave). The report will detail the number of EVs we expect to see on the road in the Springs by 2030 and provide a best practices framework for the city and utility to consider as they prepare for this growth.

I look forward to talking more!

Garrett Garner-Wells
State Director
Environment Colorado
Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center
o: 303.573.3871 ext. 312

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Celebrity endorsement of EVs - Drew Scott of HGTV

Drew Scott of HGTV apparently likes his EV so much that he has it shipped to each location he films rather than rent an ICE vehicle. Read about it here.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New members Chris & Serena Salvato

Our newest members are Chris & Serena Salvato from Colorado Springs, CO. Chris says "I purchased this car to start an EV services business, renting the car out and providing private driver services. My website is and my car can be found on Turo at this link."

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Any Model 3 reservation holders want an early reservation?

Out member, Peter Mattaroo, has had his Model 3 configuration time arrive but he's not ready to take the Model 3 yet. He's interested in swapping his early reservation date with another Model 3 reservation holder farther down the line.

If you're interesting in ordering an early Model 3, contact Peter Mattaroo at Peter.Mattaroo at  csevc dot com or send an email to info @ csevc dot com.
-Wilson Hitchings

Monday, January 29, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Poncha Springs Supercharger

Thanks to Charley Andreasen for recent photos of the Poncha Springs Tesla Supercharger! Yes, it's operational now and there's a trip planned to go see it this Saturday, Feb. 24.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Solar Energy conference needs EVs, March 12-14

Here is a letter sent to David M. in the DEVC, which he forwarded to many EV clubs in the area.

COSEIA is trying to organize a small EV showcase at our big conference in March   but we are a bit tight on bandwidth to get it properly organized and all parties invited/informed to our standards.
Any chance DEVC or you are willing to undertake this on our (COSEIA) behalf in exchange for a couple free conference tickets.  We are in the process of reserving a dozen or so parking spaces outside the venue.

Keelin Kelly is CC'd here and is handling much of the extensive organization surrounding the whole conference.
If this sounds like something DEVC is willing to do, let us know.


Nick Perugini
Solar Consultant & Advisor
Development, Projects, & Contracts
Commercial - Utility - Industrial - Municipal - Non-Profit
COSEIA Board Member
303-817-3104 cell

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome Bradley Wilkinson!

Out newest member lives in Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO and has a 2016 CMax Energi, ruby red. He expects to be at the Jan. 27 club meeting, say hello to him! 

Join the great tire pressure debate!

Only slightly behind politics and religion as a do-not-discuss-in-a-taxi subject, tire pressure is a hot topic.

I have been asking many of our club members about their approach and you might be surprised at the differences of opinions. I'm sure this will be discussed at our next club meeting on Jan. 27 (GOTG Trading Post, noon) so come on over and add your two cents.

My current opinion: have your car's tires at 3 psi *below* the recommended cold pressure to allow for expansion when driving.

And let the discussion flow forth...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Changes to our blog!

I have added two new pages to our blog: a Tesla Factory Tour page and a newsletter archive page. The old Concours page from 2017 was removed. Please visit the new pages!
-Wilson Hitchings
Web Admin

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Model 3 at Park Meadows Mall

Thanks, Dan Rosenblatt, for photos of You You Xue's Model 3 that's driving around North America.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Tesla Factory Tour information

I've made a Factory Tour page ( ) to handle all the evolving information on a tentative July 2018 Tesla Factory Tour. Please visit that page for ever-changing details.
-Wilson Hitchings

Monday, January 1, 2018

New member from Durango, CO

Our latest member, Bob Chaput, is a Model 3 reservation holder and hails from Durango, CO. Here's hoping he makes a few meetings! If he does, let's make him welcome.

Baker, CA SC being built

Thanks to our club member, Dan Rosenblatt, for photos of the new Tesla Supercharger being built in Baker, CA. It has 456 solar panels and boasts a huge number of stalls. The Tesla charging website says it'll be operational in 2018. Thanks Dan!