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

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