Drive Sustainable!

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Calling all Teslas! April 13, 2016 event needs to showcase EVs...

One of our members, Kyle Lisek, sent me a request this week asking if our club could get at least one Tesla to display at the UCCS campus on Wednesday, April 13. I said we could, but we need to see who and when our members can assist.

I've asked Kyle for information about having cars there in shifts so no one person has to tie up their day sitting next to a car. I can be on-site from 2:00pm until 4:30pm, but we need at least one Tesla earlier than that.

Here's Kyle's original email. Please see the bottom of this post for the flyer attached.

I hope you are doing well!

Please see the attached email from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Campus Sustainability Team.  On April 13th, UCCS is having a sustainable transportation event and have asked me to work on getting environmentally friendly transportation technology companies to come display/talk about their vehicles or technologies. 

While we are working to get some larger companies, to me, it sounded like UCCS’s biggest concern was having a Tesla on display at the event.  I thought I would reach out to you and the CSEVC to see if this was something you guys might be interested in attending and displaying one of your Tesla’s at?  You would have a table/ booth for the CSEVC and free entry and food during the event on April 13th.  Student, faculty, staff and attendees will just want to look at the vehicles (no driving) and talk with the owners about them. 

I can of course get you any information you need, but I wanted to see if this might be something of interest to the group before I look at filling up the rest of these vehicle spots that are needed.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Kyle Lisek
Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coordinator
American Lung Association in Colorado

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sounds like the Tesla PowerWall...

Daimler announced a grid-balancing battery pack (similar to the Tesla PowerWall) but plans to incorporate the ability to use detachable electrical vehicle packs. This would allow EV battery packs to be manufactured and then stored, but used while in storage.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The most romantic thing, ever!

I can think of nothing more romantic than giving a significant other an electric vehicle, can you?

Make this Valentine's Day special by buying an EV and telling the special person in your life about it.

Make this an EV Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Member!

We have a new member, Peter Mattaroo, who owns a Model S70D. Please welcome him the next time you see him!

Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition Stakeholder Meeting

Good Morning Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club,

I wanted to invite the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club to join us at the Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition Stakeholder Meeting on February 10th, 2016 from 9am-12pm.  Our meeting will be held at the Colorado Springs Utilities John Pinkerton Service Center’s New CNG facility, located at 7710 Durant Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

We have a fantastic agenda set forth focusing on different aspects of natural gas as a transportation fuel.  We will also have knowledgeable experts on all alternative fuels present, even Electric Vehicles so please bring your questions!  Come learn and discuss the latest in Alternative Fuels with your Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition.

Please contact Kyle Lisek is you have any questions!

Have a great day,
Kyle Lisek
Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coordinator
American Lung Association in Colorado

Saturday, February 6, 2016

First monthly meeting

About 20 folks attended today's monthly meeting at Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant. We set next month's meeting at the same location, March 5, 2016 @11:30am. There were suggestions to have the April meeting at Garden of the Gods, Judge Baldwin's in the Antler's Hotel and downtown Manitou Springs. A new member showed up, Dennis Korth, from the DEVC.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

EV charging impact on the grid...

In the attached article, some researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are proposing on-site energy storage for charging EVs. They see two advantages: 1) reduced demands on the grid for rapid charging, and 2) potentially faster charging as the EV could draw more energy faster from a storage device than the grid can deliver.

I really don't see EVs straining the grid, as most are charged at home and off-peak. Such charging habits already balance the load but I'm not a Swiss researcher...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EV charging - has it changed all that much?

In an article in the February DEVC newsletter, it appears that electrical charging basics are still the same...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Your state beating you down about an EV? Come to California!

In an interesting move to promote EV use (as well as California companies), California just passed a law eliminating state tax for EVs purchased in the state and registered in another state within 30 days. Take that, Texas and New Mexico!

Buying more costs less...

The following article is an interesting rebuttal to criticism that new incentives for EVs are special interest by having the taxpayers subsidize EV owners. From what I can gather from the article, it states that using more electricity off-peak balances the system and somehow reduces everyone's prices. Pop quiz after reading the article: what does it say utility companies are doing with rooftop solar?