Drive Sustainable!

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tesla Model 3 gets the nod from police over cost and performance, bye bye Dodge Charger

The Bargersville, Indiana, Police Department is updating its fleet to Tesla Model 3 vehicles after they figured out that they will save a lot of money on gas and they don't compromise performance compared to their Dodge Chargers. We are starting to see Tesla vehicles becoming quite popular with police departments all over the world....

Read in Electrek:

New member Rick Warner-May!

Please welcome Rick Warner-May to our club. He has a 2013 Nissan Leaf and lives in Colorado Springs. Welcome, Rick!

I'm baaack!

To all our members:

I apologize for the lack of blog updates, I've been on vacation for two weeks. The regular and highly anticipated slew of updates and new member announcements can continue.

After I go through my work in-box.

-Wilson Hitchings

Friday, August 30, 2019

Don't forget the Pueblo NDEW!

This message just went out to our mailing list recipients:

I am forwarding this to you FYI. Those from the CSEVC who will be attending this NDEW event in Pueblo West on the 14th of September should register (RSVP) at so the organizers will have a number and EV models that will be attending. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

New member Nick Sabatello

Please make Nick Sabatello welcome when you meet him. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO and has a Tesla Model 3 Performance.

New contact form!

I have updated our "Join the club!" page to now use a Google Form rather than rely on an email link. This should make it easier to join us on any computer/browser. Previously, you had to have an email program linked on your local computer. Many public computers and tablets don't have such a service, so hopefully we'll get more people to join.
-Wilson Hitchings
CSEVC Website Admin

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New member Sean Helzer

Sean Helzer is our newest member from Colorado Springs. He has a Tesla Model 3 SP and met some of our club members at the recent CSU event. Make him welcome when you see him!

Club meeting this Saturday!

General Club Meeting:  We need to have another general club meeting!  How about Saturday, August 24?  We normally try to meet at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post during the winter, but I called them and on Aug 24, they are still too busy with thousands of tourists.  Therefore, let’s meet at the same place we met at last time, The Big Train Restaurant.  Here is their address:  808 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs.  It is near the intersection of Garden of the Gods Blvd. and Forge St.  Todd, the owner, said it is better if we start at 1PM rather than noon.  SO:  Let’s show up sometime after noon, and hang out for awhile!  Park to the rear of the parking lot in a group.  Sometime after 1PM, we will go in and eat.  It will be over when it is over.  Purple car Elizabeth says they will be there this time.  Come hang out with fellow EV enthusiasts!  Be there or be square!  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Take a charging survey!

I received this message via email, see if you can help:
To the Colorado Springs EV Club:

This is Stefi Mitova- I'm a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, working on electric vehicles and solar energy.

In order to learn more about EV charging behavior, I created a survey. May I please ask you if you have means of sharing this link with EV owners?
I'd greatly appreciate it and it would be very beneficial to my work.

I will of course share the results from the survey and my PhD dissertation simulations when I am ready. 

Thank you once again!

NDEW date set for Colorado Springs, CO

A local National Drive Electric Week event has been set for Colorado Springs, CO.

National Drive Electric Week - Colorado Springs
Day:Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time:9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location:RJW Academic Campus - North Parking Lot
2115 Afton Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Map link:

Monday, August 12, 2019

Detailed review of the MG ZS

The "James and Kate" YouTube channel does practical reviews of EVs. The video below is a week-long review of the new MG ZS electric vehicle. Per a previous mention of the vehicle, this is Chinese made and of good quality. Every time an American car manufacturer delays EVs, every time the oil & gas industry impedes the adoption of EVs, the Chinese catch up and may surpass our car manufacturing ability. Those two industries don't care about anything other than today's profits, and killing the competition. I hope American car makers start looking beyond this quarter's profit statement realize how far behind they really are...

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The trip to Longmont, CO

We want to extend our thanks to Marty & Gayle Butley for opening their home to our club. Over 20 club members made the drive to Longmont, CO (near Boulder, CO) to have a luncheon and learn about their 20kW solar array. Thanks, Marty & Gayle!

Ed Post kindly sent us some photos of our trip:

Saturday, August 10, 2019

New member Nathan James

Our newest member is Nathan James. He has a 2019 Tesla Model 3 SR+ and is from Colorado Springs, CO. Please make him welcome!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Correction: Longmont trip on Saturday

To all attending the trip to Longmont, CO to view a solar farm: the recent reminder message contained a typo - we are departing Park Meadows Mall to go to Longmont at 11:30am, not 10:30am as previously mentioned. Here's the correct schedule:

Arrive Monument McDonalds at 9:30am (if you want), then depart for Park Meadows SC at 10:00am.

Arrive at Park Meadows SC at 11:00am, depart for Longmont, CO at 11:30am.

Sorry for the confusion. With high traffic anticipated on I-25 going North, I suggest we take Hwy. 83 to Park Meadows from Monument, but each to his own!

First non-Porsche person to drive the Taycan

From Fully Charged, one of my favorite channels on EVs, is testing the Porsche Taycan:

Thursday, August 8, 2019

They're lying to us!

I actually don't think so, but let's see if our CSU members read this....

The graphic below appeared in the CSU (Colorado Springs Utilities) newsletter, mailed out for July 2019. I was surprised by the percentages shown. I would not have guessed that your refrigerator/freezer takes as much energy as home heating. How can this be? Home heating conditions air for several thousands of square feet; a refrigerator is barely a few square feet and better insulated than your typical home...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

New member Kevin Yu

Our newest member, Kevin Yu,  owns an automotive coating/wrap/window film company in Colorado Springs. Some of our members have used him, so feel free to check him out for those services. Here's his message to me:


My name is Kevin Yu. I own Auto Film Solutions which is a local business here in Colorado Springs! 

We have done work with many Tesla’s and quite a few members of your club! They had mentioned we should touch base with the group.

We offer window film, paint protection film, ceramic coatings, vehicle wraps, and paintless dent repair. We are also the only shop in town that stocks every shade in dyed, ceramic, and nano ceramic window films in the width for Tesla Model 3 rear windshields and Tesla Model X front windshields. We are the only authorized and certified shop to install Hexis Bodyfence PPF AND Xpel protective films. We are certified with Xpel Fusion ceramic coatings and Ceramic Pro ceramic coatings. Our window film line is offered by Xpel as well. We carry their standard and most premium films here. 

We would like to offer 15% off any service with membership to the club.

Take a Survey!

If you went to the Sustain-A-Fest last month, feel free to take a survey!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Safety is important!

Thanks to our club members, Mike & Mary Ann Witter, for the notice of a car crash involving a Tesla in Colorado Springs this past week. Our club President, Mac McCauley, did some research on the event. You never know when you'll need the safety a Tesla gives you!
Incident Date July 24, 2019
Time 13:49:00
Sand Creek -- Shift I Division Traffic Crash
N. Academy Blvd. and E. Bijou St.

On the above date and time the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a three car crash in the intersection of N. Academy Blvd. and E. Bijou St. Upon officers arrival, it was discovered that 6 of the 8 occupants of the three vehicles were injured and needed medical treatment. All were subsequently taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Major Crash Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The investigation revealed an eastbound Tesla was attempting to turn northbound at the intersection when it was struck by a Ford sedan which was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Academy Blvd. The Ford then caromed into a Mercedes which was westbound on Bijou, attempting to turn southbound onto Academy Blvd.

It was determined the driver of the Ford, 29 year old Michael A. Tucker of Colorado Springs was impaired. He was subsequently placed into custody for Vehicular Assault, DUI, and other charges. Although some of the occupants of the involved vehicles were seriously injured, none of the injuries are considered life threatening.

The intersection was closed during the investigation and re-opened at approximately 5:55 PM.

Adults Arrested Michael A. Tucker

Sustain-A-Fest a very busy place!

Thanks to all our club members who exhibited their EVs at Sustain-A-Fest in Acacia Park, Colorado Springs this past Saturday. I was surprised at two things: 1) how many club members showed up to exhibit their cars, and 2) the interest in our cars by visitors.

James Harrell supplied the tent for the club, which made being outside in our brilliant sunshine a better experience. Thanks to all our members willing to talk to folks interested in EVs in general. I can tell you I was almost constantly answering questions about EVs (the typical questions), but it wasn't from a perspective that EVs don't work, aren't practical, etc. It was curiosity and absolutely no pre-disposition to think electrics are 50 years away in general use. I think several of our club members "sold" some EVs. I know I "sold" a Model X (camping couple) and a Nissan Leaf (small family).

-Wilson Hitchings

Friday, July 19, 2019

A note about Sustain-A-Fest next weekend, July 27

To the CSEVC Club members who have indicated an interest in attending this event on July 27:

We, (the club) have decided that assigning time slots to individual attendees is too complex.  We now have 8 parking spaces for this event.  That’s quite a lot for a all day event, (noon to 7PM).  Therefore, here is what we will do:  Wilson will show up early to set up and get organized.  I (Mac) will show up later to finish up the event.  That way, someone does not have to be there the whole darn day!  We have 8 parking spots located on Tejon St, BASICALLY across the street from Jose Muldoon’s.  These are diagonal parking spots.  We will make sure someone else does not park in our spots.  When you show up, WHENEVER you show up, you can park in any open space of ours.  IF, just IF, all spots are full, just drive by and give us a shout.  Very likely, someone is getting tired and wants to go.  Then, you can have their spot.  That is only if the event is full, which is unlikely for most of the day. 

Looking forward to a great event!  Come see us!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

China can now make a good EV

One of the things I argue about concerning EVs is that the USA had better keep the lead in manufacturing or pretty soon we'll all be driving Chinese cars. Traditional car makers don't care, they want to keep the cash rolling in as long as possible TODAY even if they can't see the new market tomorrow.

It's long been assumed that Chinese products were poorly made, especially complex products like  automobiles. We also thought that of South Korean automobiles, too, but now look at Hyundai and Kia.

The following review from a YouTube channel I subscribe to shows a new EV from MG. Note how much the reviewer raves over the fit & finish of the car. At the very end we discover it's made in China, for import as a classic British brand (MG).

US car makers better get on the EV bandwagon, or Shanghai will be getting your money the next time you buy a car...

-Wilson H

Sunday, July 7, 2019

New member Jon Spieker

Our latest new member is Jon Spieker. He owns a Tesla Model 3, Deep Blue with Sport Wheels. Jon is a software engineer and a first time EV owner. Jon heard of our club from a friend who attended the First Saturday car show this past weekend. This is why our club members should have our club business cards to hand out! Please make Jon welcome when you see him!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

New member Chris Lennon

Our latest new addition is Chris Lennon from Monument, CO. He heard about the club at the PPHC (Pikes Peak Hill Climb) fan fest the Friday before the event.  He has a 1973 Porsche 911 RSR EV. He is a longtime Porsche racer, past Pikes Peak Intl Hill Climb winner, converted race car to EV in 2019 and placed third in Division! Please make him welcome.

And checkout the article about Chris' efforts at the PPIHC:

First Saturday's Car Show

Thanks to all who came to the First Saturday's Car Show today. We had a cool day that eventually turned to rain, but we got to see two new members' vehicles (Scott - Leaf, Neal - i-Pace).

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Check out the new Honda e!

A great news channel on EVs

This is a video channel on YouTube that I watch often. This particular show has lots of good information on many brands of vehicles. Check it out, I suggest you bookmark the channel for the latest reviews of EVs and for the latest updates in the battery/vehicle market.

-Wilson H

Monday, July 1, 2019

First Saturdays Car Show - July 6, 2019

To All:

We have so many new folks that I thought I'd remind everyone of the First Saturdays Car Show this weekend. It's a great way to meet club members! If you're in the area this holiday weekend, feel free to look for the EVs at the show that is on Powers Blvd. and N. Carefree behind the Holiday Inn, right next to the IMAX theater in Colorado Springs. The show starts at 8:00am but I'll be there (weather permitting) just about 7:00am to try and hold a spot for us. I'll also have a new box of club business cards, so be sure to get some.

I hope to see you there, if not, have a great July 4!

-Wilson Hitchings
CSEVC Web Admin

New member Scott Athey

Our newest member is Scott Athey who just bought a 2019 Nissan Leaf. He is in IT as a profession and has been interested in EVs and sustainable energy for about 10 months. He purchased his Leaf this past weekend and I hope he gets to meet many of his fellow Leaf owners in our club. Please make him welcome when you see him!
-Wilson Hitchings

Sunday, June 23, 2019

CSU Efficiency Expo a success

Thanks to the Witters and Dan Rosenblatt for the photos, the club had lots of questions about EVs! Also a big thanks to everyone that partcipated, and to Dan Rosenblatt for being in charge of the event.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Did you like the CSEVC tee shirt?

If you'd like to order an official CSEVC tee shirt or hoodie, please use this link:

Note: the CSEVC makes no money on the sale of the tee shirts or hoodies. I just setup a group for individual purchases, the orders are paid for by you and delivered directly to you. I've never done this type of sale before, so please let me know if there's a problem. The items are for sale until July 1, 2019, and the items ship then.

-Wilson Hitchings