Drive Sustainable!

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

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

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Large caterpillars at the club meeting

Our latest club meeting had 20+ attendees plus one very large caterpillar. Dan Rosenblatt demonstrated this hail protection enclosure, which drew the attention of everyone in the restaurant and parking lot. Thanks, Dan!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Newest member and first Mercedes

Please welcome our newest member, Thomas Bono, to the club. He is bringing our first Mercedes to the club, a 2015 B-class all-electric SUV. Like our recent i-Pace addition (Neal Barlow), I bet Thomas is in for many test drives when we get to see his vehicle. Please make Thomas welcome!

Friday, June 14, 2019

New member Lew Pinson

Our latest member is Lew Pinson who lives in Colorado Springs and has a 2017 Volt. Please make him welcome!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New Member Gary Betchan

Please say hello to our newest member, Gary Betchan, from Colorado Springs. He drives a 2012 Nissan Leaf and is from Colorado Springs!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Club Meeting - Big Train Restaurant, June 15

We're having another club meeting on June 15, details below. We have so many new club members, let's hope they come by to visit and meet us!

June 15, 2019 - Saturday - CSEVC Club Meeting @ 12:00 noon. Come to the Big Train Restaurant, 808 N. Garden of the Gods Road. Show up at 11:00am if you'd like to talk.
Map address: .

Saturday, June 8, 2019

New members this week!

We have two new members this week, Curtis Claar and Rob Bowers. Curtis has a 2014 Nissan LEAF SV, Silver, and started EV Trail ( Rob Bowers has a 2018 Chevy Bolt EV and lives in Monument, CO. Please make both of them welcome when you meet them!

June 2019 Newsletter is out!

We just sent out our 2019 June Newsletter. If you didn't get it via email, or would just like one, please contact me at this blog's email/contact location.
-Wilson Hitchings

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Ace Entertainment Show Photos

Thanks to James Harrell for photos from Ace Entertainment's indoor show this past Memorial Day. James had the only EV at the show but it was a good to have a representative from our club.

Visiting student wants our input

To All:

I received the following email (I have replied) from a student at the University of Edinburgh asking to meet with us as part of his dissertation program. I verified his domain name in his email, so this appears to be a legitimate request from a real person (note: we get bogus comments and emails to our blog all the time!).

I responded to his email with a request for further information, so I'll keep everyone posted. If you'd like to meet with Carlos to share your Colorado EV experience, feel free to let me know of your interest and I'll keep you on the short list for when/if we setup a meeting.

-Wilson Hitchings

Good morning,

I'm currently writing a dissertation on the adoption of EVs in Colorado, with a focus on Colorado Springs, as part of my MSc program in Energy, Society, and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, UK. As part of my research and as a 17-year resident of Colorado, I'm very interested in interviewing members of the CSEVC to gather input on how their involvement with EVs influence and are influenced by EV performance, infrastructure, policies, social factors, etc.

I'll be visiting Colorado from June 18 to July 2 (although I won't be available June 21-24), and hope to meet in person while I'm there (with coffee or lunch on me). Please let me know if you are interested, any further questions you may have, and hopefully what days and times might work best for you.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

Monday, June 3, 2019

New Member Mark Lauchang

Our latest new member, Mark Lauchang, lives in Colorado Springs and has a white 2019 Model 3. Please make him welcome!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Do we want club clothing?

Many car clubs have clothing they sell (hats, tees, hoodies). Just for grins & giggles I ordered a custom tee shirt (all on my iPhone!) from an Internet company (Custom Ink), with the results below. The back of the shirt has our club logo at shoulder blade level. This is in no way an official offering of club attire, I was just playing around one day. What do you think?
-Wilson Hitchings
EV legend, tee shirt designer, all-around great guy

Got snow tires?

This is May in Colorado. Anyone take their snow tires off yet?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The war on EVs is alive and well...

The latest front in the war on EVs is a surcharge for owning an EV, under the guise of paying the "fair share" for road maintenance. Read about it at .

Saturday, May 18, 2019

New member, Jim & Jenny Glass

Our newest members are Jim & Jenny Glass of Colorado Springs. They have a Blue 2018 Tesla Model X and a Silver 2018 Tesla Model 3. Please make them welcome!

Friday, May 17, 2019

New Member, Tom Simmerman

Our latest member, Tom Simmerman, lives in Colorado Springs, CO and is thinking about buying an EV. Please make him welcome!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

You can track the Tesla Rally!

For those interested in the Tesla Rally to Custer, SD this year, you can follow the participants with the Glympse application (!soundofsilence ). There is a public group tag named "soundofsilence" for the show.

If you're attending the rally, take photos and send them to the CSEVC. We'll publish the photos as you send them!

Please visit our new Tesla Rally page ( ) for all the photos and information!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

New Member Kelly Maddy

Our newest member is Kelly Maddy, from Pueblo, Colorado. Kelly has a black Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD w/ AP and white interior. Hopefully Kelly will be able to make some of our events in Colorado Springs!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

They're here!

The new CSEVC club cards have arrived, all 100 of them. I'll bring them to every event or meeting we setup, so just ask me for a few. If we need more, we'll order more.
-Wilson Hitchings

Saturday, May 4, 2019

First Saturday's Car Show, May 4

Thanks to all the EV owners that showed up! We had a new person display his rare Tesla Roadster.

Welcome Jerry Lundberg!

Our high-mileage club member Nick Lundberg has a father, and he is Jerry Lundberg! He has a red 2018 Tesla Model 3 just like Nick! Welcome, Jerry!