Drive Sustainable!

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

New member John Ratcliff

John Ratcliff is our latest new member. He lives in Woodland Park, CO and drives a 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 and a 2018 Tesla Model S 100D. John moved here from the St. Louis area and look forward to attending some events. He sent a photograph from the Midwest Tesla Gathering in St. Louis a few years ago. His Roadster is front and center.

Please make him welcome when you see him.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

New Member Brad Quicksall

Our newest member is Brad Quicksall from Colorado Springs. He drives an electric Hyundai Kona. One of our club members saw him on the road and he told him about the club! Keep spreading the word, folks. Please make him welcome when you meet him.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Battery backup - EGO Nexus

Many EV owners have converted lawn equipment from gasoline to electric. I've seen several reviews by EV YouTubers that have sold their gas appliances and converted to electric, most with good opinions of the equipment. One such maker, EGO, now sells a battery backup (inverter) unit that uses the same battery packs as their yard equipment. This is very versatile as you can take advantage of your energy storage for multiple purposes. Here's a review of their unit I found online:

https://youtu.be/hYNiFuvlzNU

Monday, November 4, 2019

New member Gary Glass

Our newest member, Gary Glass, joined us today. He drives a 2019 Tesla Model 3 and lives in Colorado Springs. Please make him welcome!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Holiday Party, Dec. 7, Saturday

December 7, 2019 - Saturday, 3:00pm or 4:00pm - The annual Holiday Party is the first Saturday in December this year. Exact time and venue to be announced. No RSVP, just show up. Details will be announced when they become available, reserve the date!

Friday, October 25, 2019

EV charging in China

A friend of mine, Tom Croak, is visiting China and sent me this:

"We were in Tianjin China visiting a temple and found where the employees park their electric bicycles and electric scooters. We saw these electric scooters all over town, some quite old. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had lead acid batteries.

The weird looking things on some of the handle bars are similar to coats that protect the rider’s hands and chest area from the cold."


Tom also sent a photo of a Neo in China. These are sold as the British MG brand, and are getting good reviews from UK owners. The USA needs to stay at the top of its game!


-Wilson Hitchings

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Our first club movie & dinner!

It's official! Our first club movie. Feel free to attend this Sunday, Oct. 27. The movie is "The Current War: Director's Cut" that dramatizes Edison vs. Tesla. Please pre-buy your own tickets for the 4:05pm showing from the Cinemark Theater in Colorado Springs, CO at the First & Main Theaters on Powers Blvd (Carefree & IMAX). We'll go to the movie and then all decide on dinner after the movie. I vote either Bird Dog's BBQ up the road, or one of the many restaurants at the theater complex. No RSVP needed, just buy your ticket(s) if you want to go. See you there!

Monday, October 21, 2019

New member, Sherdell Sims

Sherdell Sims lives in Aurora, CO and drives a 2012 Chevy volt. Make him welcome!


Dan and his travels...

Dan "Rocket Man" Rosenblatt, a long-time club member, is traveling in is Performance Model S from Maryland to Denver today (10/21/2019) to Wednesday (maybe). If you'd like to follow his travel progress, check out his Glympse link: http://glympse.com/!soundofsilence

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Club Clothing

Several club members have asked about tee shirts, caps and hoodies with the club logo on it (thanks, Chaz Clark, for designing our logo).

I am busy researching companies that will print out logo on a durable, high quality shirt. The printer also has to let us sell the design by name (meaning you can find it on their website), and let you buy it directly, at any time without a minimum purchase, and sent directly to you.

You might be surprised how difficult it can be to get all those requirements from one company. We tried selling shirts previously, but that meant we had to post a minimum quantity to buy, and had to have a date when the offer was finalized and the items printed/shipped.

Note that when we finally find a printer, CSEVC will not make any income from the sale of any items. It's just for club members to have our logo on items they want. We've had many suggestions for printers / suppliers, and we're going through them when we can.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

-Wilson Hitchings


New energy cell tech from the UK...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7592485/Father-eight-invents-electric-car-battery-drivers-1-500-miles-without-charging-it.html?fbclid=IwAR04BF1zLREz8llwT57w4qGbgroNQl43pCGr5_YMUPQkqp57V-RzuZricKQ

Sunday, October 13, 2019

REOCA Solar and EV event in Pueblo West, CO

James Harrell sent me this notice of an event this upcoming week at the Pueblo West Library in Pueblo, CO. on October 15, 2019.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Thanks from Chaz Clark!

To All:

“Thank you to everyone who came out to support Vista Ridge High School! I think it turned out to be a great event for our first time around (despite the unexpected wind chill!)

We had 98 cars & trucks and gave away prizes for 10 categories! We still do not know how much was raised yet, but hopefully we will soon.

Thanks again!”

Chaz

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Welcome Marty Scholes!

Our newest member is Marty Scholes from Colorado Springs, CO. He has a Nissan Leaf. Make him welcome!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Welcome Peter Larsen

Our newest member isn't electric yet, but perhaps soon. Please welcome Peter Larsen from Peyton, CO!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

1st Annual Vista Ridge High School Car show

October 5, 2010 - Saturday, noon - 4:00pm - 1st Annual Vista Ridge High School Car show. There will not be a fixed price to show a car – it will be donation only. There will be several classes to compete in and there will be prizes for each class. Also, if anyone would like to rent a vendor spot, it will be $50 (contact me for details). There is no admission costs for spectators. There is an online registration via our website but, unfortunately, there is no legal way for us to take donations ahead of time electronically. There will be music, food trucks, car displays, vendors, and the cheerleaders will be doing live demonstrations. The website is https://www.vistaridgecheerleading.com/ .


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New review of the Mercedes EQ-C

This video channel is one that I follow, and they just reviewed the new Mercedes EQ-C. The reviewer (James) is a Tesla Model S owner, a makes some interesting observations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAvFTpWq3cw

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: https://apple.news/AViqInupDShanXNNibQik4g

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 https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1942 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:
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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? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QTLXNQM
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!
Stefi 

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: https://goo.gl/maps/AXRnXqzqueHffRxCA

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...

https://youtu.be/T4xOMHblj8A

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:

https://youtu.be/TP9kokeyxGU

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:

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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!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G3XVYX6

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!
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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!

Mac

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...

https://youtu.be/LXEtN17xy7s

-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).