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

Monday, August 10, 2020

Two day car show - in Kansas!

 If you like car shows, there's a all-weekend car show in Scott City, Kansas this upcoming weekend (August 15 - 16, 2020). There's a BBQ dinner on Friday night for the participants, a drive to Lake Scott on Saturday afternoon, an evening movie in the park Saturday night, and a show & shine on Sunday morning.

If you're interested, print out the entry form (such as it is) below, sign it and bring it with you. Day-of-Show entry fee is $25. See you there!

-Wilson Hitchings

41st Lake Scott

Rod Run & Car Show

Scott City, Kansas

Saturday – Aug. 15 and Sunday – Aug. 16


Registration    8:00 A.M.

Entry Fee    $25.00

Show-N-Shine ~ All Day DJ

Participant Games

Lake Scott CRUZE ~ Hog Roast

Movie in the Park


7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Show & Shine

Rodders Church in NE Corner of Park





by Participant Vote

Participants Choice Top 30


The Coolest Cars!!!~~~~~The Finest People

Friday, August 7, 2020

Pagosa Springs, CO charging coming soon!

 Thanks to a club member, Frank De La O, for the news of Charge Point public charging in Pagosa Springs, CO. For those traveling in a south westerly direction from Colorado Springs, it is a welcome addition to the route.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A note from a club member!


I have tried to make the last few meetings but my job has prevented me from attending.  I want to pass along some info to the club.

Drive Unit:  For about a year now my 2012 Model S has been making a whirl sound when we drove it.  It wasn't loud but it was constant and was loudest when I accelerated.  I initially just assumed it was a normal sound based on the age of the car.  However, I took the car in to get the MCU replaced and asked them to look at the sound.  It turned out the main drive unit was failing.  Tesla replaced the unit ($9K) under my 8 year drivetrain warranty (7.5 years into 8).  I now have a new 4 year warranty on the drive unit.  I have also noticed an increase in my acceleration back to what it use to be. I am sharing this so other owners don't wait as long as I did for a real issue.

MCU:  I had to have the unit replaced because the goo in the unit was draining out.  With the failure of the MCU the car was still driveable but many functions were inaccesable and the car was always "on" causing a large vampire drain.  Nothing complicated here just a simple swap/replace.  Also, while the MCU was out the cellphone receiver was replaced and upgraded to LTE from 3G for $200

Battery Swap:  I asked about what is happening about a possible full battery swap.  It appears that Tesla is actively working on a process to allow owners to replace/upgrade their battery pack as a replacement.  The old pack would have a residual value that could be applied towards the cost of the new battery pack.  This is not a new topic and has been discussed before but it appears to have some traction on coming to the market.  

Feel free to share this with the club and others.  Please let me know if you have any questions

Michael Epper

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Show and Shine - Saturday, July 25

Be sure to check out the club's Event Calendar page to get details on this weekend's show & shine! It's just our club at Union and Briargate Pkwy, 9:00am - 11:00am this Saturday, July 25.

New Nissan EV video!

Thanks to our club member, Rick Warner-May, for the video link about the new Nissan EV!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Friday, July 10, 2020

I'm checking on the Grand Junction show...

Club members: I'm checking with the Grand Junction Downtown Car Show coordinators on the show scheduled for Sept. 12. Their registration was supposed to be open online June 29, but their website shows no change. I have emailed the coordinator and asked for a status. Most of the Grand Junction city employees are working from home, so they may not be checking their emails as often. I will keep you updated.
-CSEVC Web Admin

Sunday, July 5, 2020

New member Debby King!

Thanks to our existing club member William Owens, we have a new club member! Debby King has a 2019 Nissan Leaf, make her welcome when you meet her!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Our club's first Model Y!

Congrats Frank and Winona Horn on getting our club's first Model Y! Let's all ask Frank to bring it by the club so we can see it.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

St. Francis Car Show

We had four club members attend the Cheyenne County Saturday in the Park Car Show in St. Francis, KS this past weekend. There was a Kansas-quality rain storm every night (see the photo below) so most of the attendees from the CSEVC were sitting in their cars under a gas station awning waiting for the storm to pass. It was a small- to medium- attended show, very nice, had great BBQ and lots of foot traffic.

Monday, June 29, 2020

New members!

We have a lot of new members this week! Here they are:

Coran Fisher in Littleton, CO and he has a 2019 Nissan LEAF SV Plus.

Xiomara Bartling just got her red Model Y.

Adrian Rollett is in Colorado Springs, CO and has a 2020 Bolt EV.

Gabriel Caunt is also from Colorado Springs, CO and has a 2015 Nissan Leaf.

Please make them all welcome!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

New subscriber Kevin Mallek

Our newest member is Kevin Mallek from Colorado Springs, CO. He drives a Tesla Model 3LR. Please make him welcome!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Car parade on June 20!

Thanks to Nick Sabatello for telling us about the car parade on June 20, 2020 and thanks to James Harrell for the photos!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Zoom meeting today!

If you didn't get our newsletter or email notice, send our admin (info AT a request and you'll get a link to our weekly Friday Zoom meeting. We're exciting and fun to be with!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Friday Zoom meetings are a hit!

After taking a poll of the most recent Zoom meeting participants, it looks like Friday Zoom meetings are here to stay even after restaurants and businesses open. Our club had an informal Friday lunch at Smashburger, but we'll have to move that to another day if anyone wants to continue to do that. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A little car show!

20th Annual Car, Bike and Tractor Car Show, St. Francis, KS - June 27, 2020.  This show is the first one of the year that we know about, it's a very small town show about 3.5 hours drive away from Colorado Springs. Very close by is Goodland, KS that has a Tesla Supercharger. The show is in Riverside Park that has 2 - 3 NEMA 14-50 RV connections, so you can charge during the show! The Rocky Mountain Triumph Club appears to be attending the show, registration fee is $20 (early or day of show). Feel free to register now by mail. The website for information is . Here's the exact location of the show:

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New member Bob Sampson

Bob Sampson is our latest person to join the CSEVC, he lives in Centennial, CO and has two Nissan Leafs; a 2013 S and 2017 SV. Please make him welcome!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

New Member Armin Espino

Our newest member is Armin Espino from Colorado Springs. He drives a 2020 Tesla Model 3 Performance. Please make him welcome when you meet him!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Grand Junction Car Show rescheduled

Just FYI, the Grand Junction Mobility Car Show has been rescheduled for Sept 12, Saturday. Registration will open on June 29.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Final decisions!

The ACC Concours & Exotic Sports Car Show has been indefinitely postponed, and the Downtown Grand Junction Mobility Car Show appears to have been cancelled by the Mesa County Public Health Department.

Even though I have not received a final decision from the Grand Junction Events Coordinator, the club President and I are making the decision that for our club, the GJ show is cancelled. If the event is moved to a later date, I'll let you know and post it on our social media sites. The full Mesa County health order can be seen here.

Dang. I wanted to go to this one.

-Wilson Hitchings
CSEVC Web Admin

Monday, May 4, 2020

Mini Electric conversion by Swind

I've always like the classic Mini, and there are several e-conversions around; here's the latest I've seen on the video universe:

And here's Johnny Smith's review of the same vehicle:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Many local shows are cancelled

Here's a message I just received from Ace Entertainment, the promoter that schedules many of the shows our club attends...
-Wilson H

We here at Ace Entertainment hope to find you well with this email. I know we have been quiet about events this year so far but we regret to inform you that all car shows from Ace Entertainment for this 2020 season have been cancelled with one exception. We will try our best to bring you the Old Colorado City Car Show this August. We will have a final say on the matter near the end of May and you will receive a separate email with the update. Please stay safe during these trying times so that we may be together again in the future to celebrate what we love.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Ace Entertainment

Decision on the GJ Car show next week...maybe

Here's the latest information I have from Grand Junction, CO about their downtown car show:
Hi there,

The Downtown Car Show is currently scheduled for June 27 but it is possible that the event will be pushed back to the fall to better serve the participants and community that plan to attend. We will likely be making a final decision and announcement some time next week. Once the final decision is made, we will let everyone know when registration will be opening. If it continues in June, it will open ASAP. If it gets pushed to the fall, it'll likely open about two months prior to event date.

I apologize for the outdated voicemail information. I have not been in the office in over a month to get it changed!

Take care,

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Welcome Bruce Hanson

Our newest member is Bruce Hanson from Colorado Springs. He has a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt. Please make him welcome when you meet him!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Update on 2020 car shows

Just FYI - thanks everyone for considering the ACC show in Littleton, CO this June 14. I made an event notice about that show and encourage you to attend. While their registration page shows a warning about the COVID-19 virus, they will refund registration fees if the show is cancelled.

I am also pursuing information about the Grand Junction Downtown Mobility show on June 27, 2020. Our club has committed to attend this show, but as of today their website has not opened up online registration. I have left voicemails and emails with the City of Grand Junction asking for a status. As soon as I know, you'll know.

-Wilson Hitchings

Monday, April 13, 2020

Newest member Nathan Hudson

Nathan Hudson is our newest member, and he has been researching EVs for about 10 years. Please make him welcome and help answer his questions when you meet him!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New member Tony Maldonado

Our newest member is Tony Maldonado from Colorado Springs, CO. He has a 2020 Bolt! Please make him welcome.

An unexpected opportunity...

Despite what is a controversial response to the COVID-19 virus, it does afford our nation an experiment that we would never otherwise undertake. That experiment is showing what no petrol vehicles look like in your local environment.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Used car dealer switches to EVs...

Here's an article supplied by our club President, Mac McCauley, about a Canadian used car dealer that now sells used EVs and even new Teslas. Is this evolution of the market?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tesla Model Y delivery pics

Thanks to our club member Chaz Clark for photos of a lucky new Tesla Model Y owner's delivery pictures! Note: Chaz isn't the lucky new owner, so don't pester him for a ride...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tesla Model Y has a heat pump!

The first Tesla vehicle that has more than resistive heating is the Model Y. Check out this video on the topic:

New members Will and Crystelle Miller

Our two newest members are Will and Crystelle Miller. They live in Colorado Springs, CO and have a  2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance. Please make them welcome!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Earth Day Event, April 18, 2020 Cancelled

Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus, the Earth Day Celebration at the Garden of the Gods Visitor's Center on Saturday, April 18, 2020 has been cancelled. We'll attend next year.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Folks, I am amazed...

As your web admin, I check out viewer stats for this blog every now and then (see below). I am always amazed and surprised at the international audience we have. I cannot explain why we have more people from Hong Kong viewing our local blog than Americans! I'm pleased, for sure, but nonetheless surprised...
-Wilson Hitchings, Web Admin

Saturday, March 14, 2020

New member Pami Sandhu takes delivery!

We love it when a member gets a new car! A recently added new member, Pami Sandhu, took delivery of his 2020 Tesla Model X this week. He's been to some of our Friday lunches at Smashburger, and had lots of questions about EVs before taking the plunge. Congrats, Pami!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

New members Bobby and Kristy Baker

Our latest new members are Bobby and Kristy Baker from Florissant, CO. They have a 2017 BMW i3 REX. Please make them welcome!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Holy Cross Abbey Car Show announced

I finally found the information on the Holy Cross Abbey Antique and Special Interest Car Show. I've registered this year, but am taking my ICE convertible, not my electric car. It's a great show, the local Pikes Peak Mercedes Club will be attending. I'll put the information from our calendar page below:

Holy Cross Abbey Car Show, Canon City, CO - May 16, 2020. This is a great show near Pueblo, CO. Arrival of show cars starts at 6:45am, goes until 10:00am. The show goes from 10:00am until 3:00pm. It's on grass (very comfy on a hot day) and always has good food and drink vendors. Some exotic cars seem to always show up. The address of the Holy Cross Abbey is 3011 East Highway 50, CaƱon City, CO 81212 and the map locator is here. This show has limited entrants, so register early for $20 per car.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Update your older Tesla!

Tesla has announced an Infotainment upgrade for older model S and X's. The article doesn't mention if this fixes the MCU1 flash memory failure that some owners have seen, but it's good news for all older owners that you can get newer features (but lose some, too).


Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 2020 Newsletter is out!

We just sent out our March 2020 newsletter. Please check your spam filter if you're on our mailing list and don't see it. If you still didn't get one, contact me at info AT csevc DOT com (showing it like that prevents spam).

You can view the newsletter here.

Friday, February 28, 2020

ECO Charger Newsletter now online

For our ATV and motorcycle members, the new ECO Charger Newsletter is available. This is a British company that makes electric ATVs. They don't currently distribute their product in the United States, but I bet an industrious member could become the first USA distributor! Check them out, it looks like a very exciting product to me...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Welcome Stephen to the club!

Our newest member is Stephen M Moraco from Monument, CO. He joined both our Facebook group and our blog! He has a Tesla Model S & a Tesla Model 3. Please make him welcome when you see him!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Panoz may go electric!

Thanks to Dan Rosenblatt for a link to an article about boutique car maker, Panoz. The founder, Don Panoz, passed away recently but his son has continued the company.

Check out the Robb Report here:

Monday, February 17, 2020

New members Eric & Sarah Spiller

We have the first Audi E-Tron in the club, thanks to Eric & Sarah Spiller. They bought their E-Tron in Las Vegas and drove it back to Colorado Springs, CO using the Electrify America and ChargePoint charging networks. Please make them welcome!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb 2020 Club Meeting

We had an overflow crowd at the Saturday, Feb. 15 club meeting! We jammed the parking lot of the Garden of the Gods Trading Post. New members, original members, everyone in between was there. Where there are CSEVC club members, there's a party!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Highly recommended

Even if you're slightly interested in electric vehicles, this magazine would good for you to have: Charged. I'm not sure of the subscription cost (I think I get it for free), but I learn quite a bit about electric motors, batteries, vehicles. Give it a try!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

New member John Dyste

The delightful Certified Porsche Brand Ambassador that brought a 2020 Porsche Taycan to our informal Friday lunch a few weeks back has joined our club! John Dyste has a 2020 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid. Please make him welcome so he'll bring more Porsche vehicles to our club!

Monday, February 3, 2020

New member Frank De La O

Frank De La O is our newest member, lives in Colorado Springs, CO and owns a 2020 Model 3 Tesla. Please make him welcome.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Club Meeting - Feb. 15, 2020 @ 1:00pm

February 15, 2020 - Saturday - CSEVC Club Meeting @ 1:00pm. Come to the GOTG Trading Post inside the Garden of the Gods park. The address is 324 Beckers Ln, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, and the map location is here . Show up at 11:00am if you'd like to talk, we use the North/West parking lot (it's the left parking lot when facing the building).
Map address: .

Friday, January 31, 2020

The first Newsletter for 2020 is out!

Our blog users get to see our first Newsletter for 2020 early! Visit our 2020 Newsletter page to see the latest and greatest.

New Member Megan Carpenter

Our newest member is a Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition representative, Megan Carpenter. She lives in Colorado Springs and helps us participate in environmental events. Please make her welcome!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Newest Member Dustin Kuhlman

Our newest member Dustin Kuhlman owns a 2019 Chevy Bolt Premier and a Gen 1 Honda Insight. He has been interested in EVs almost as long as he's been driving. He says he's looking forward to meeting us, learning and advancing EVs to the masses.

Please make him welcome!