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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Walmart Charger Redux

Inspired by a previous post, I drove up to the Monument, CO Walmart to look for the new charger. It's in the handicapped parking area right in front of the Walmart store, three spots. There is a SAE Combo and Chademo fast charging station, but it's for pay. There is also a 2-spot J1772 charger, also for pay. I wonder when the world will standardize on Tesla charging!
-Wilson H

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Howard S Feldenkreis, new member #75

Our latest new EV owner is Howard S Feldenkreis from Colorado Springs. He has a black 2016 BMW i3  w/REX (range extender). He's our second i3 owner in the club, so I'm anxious to hear about his vehicle. He's made it to Denver and back in his i3, so i'm very interested in his experience. Please make him welcome when you meet him!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Monument Walmart gets EV friendly

Our club member, Mark Holzrichter, sent in this photo of three EV-only spots at the Monument, CO Walmart. It appears to be a DC fast charger, like the ones that Nissan dealerships have (CCS Combo / Chademo).

Our latest new member #74 - Mehdi Shelhamer

Our latest addition, Mehdi Shelhamer, just recently moved back to Colorado Springs, CO. He has a Grey 2014 Tesla S85 and drove across the country last summer in his Tesla. We'll have lots of events in September, so make him welcome!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pikes Peak Rally update

Due to our experience with the Cripple Creek Rally, any group event in the forseeable future will start at the KFC parking lot on 31st Street and W. Colorado Avenue in Manitou Springs. This will give us a clean, easy-on-easy-off location with a traffic light on Highway 24.

The instructions for the Pikes Peak Rally has been updated with this information.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New favorite Tesla tire place!

I couldn't make it to the Evans Ave. Tesla service center for a tire rotation, so I tried my local Discount Tire store at Vickers & Academy Blvd. in Colorado Springs. They never had serviced a Tesla before but turned out to be very good at it. I gave the technician the instruction page from the Tesla manual and then watched him like a hawk. They lifted the car exactly where they were supposed to, found a screw in my tire (causing a slow leak) and fixed it, and rotated the tires.

I say give them a try for local Colorado Springs tire work. I've used them with my [somewhat] rare convertible with good results.

Oh - if you ever rotate your tires yourself, you have to reset your TPMS sensors using Controls -> Settings (or something like that).

-Wilson Hitchings

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Photos of Mt. Evans Hill Climb!

Thanks to the Denver Tesla group, the Mt. Evans Hill Climb was a success and they have lots of photos. Look here and here for the photos.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Morrison, CO Karz & Koffee Show

I was so impressed with the 3rd Saturday monthly Kars & Koffee in Morrison, CO this morning that I forgot to photograph my car there. Quite a collection of cars, one family brought four exotics. I even saw a rare Willys-Knight sleeve engine car, a very rare vehicle. I will return next month!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Request for EVs - Drive Electric Week Aurora

I got this email today, it looks like the Aurora Drive Electric Week event needs some EV ambassadors. I'll be there on Sept. 10, maybe you can too! Please RSVP to Janna directly.
-Wilson Hitchings


Hi Wilson,

Hope your week is going well! I am reaching out to see if you might be able to help me out. I am still in need of a number of vehicles for our ride & drive event (September 10, 10am-2pm) at EcoTech Institute in Aurora for National Drive Electric Week. Currently we have Nissan and some Tesla owners confirmed, but that is it. Last time you sent a shout out to your folks it was a huge help in getting additional EVs. Would you be willing to do it again for this event? We are happy to have any who are willing to let others ride or drive their vehicles and, of course, be EV ambassadors to spread the word about how awesome they are! Please let me know if you are up for it. Greatly appreciate all your help thus far, thank you so much!


Janna West-Heiss
Denver Clean Cities Coordinator
American Lung Association in Colorado
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Feedback from Running with Scissors!

We get the following email from the "Running with Scissors" event coordinator today:

You guys were a huge hit last night.  Thank you so much for making it happen.  I love throwing a little technology into a traditional art event. :)

Deborah Thornton runs the What If Festival and asked if you EV guys might be up for participating.  It happens downtown in Colorado Springs and over 25,000 people attend each year.

This year it will be on September 10th.  What do you think?  I have included her in this email.

Her contact info is

Mac and his friend were great too!



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Running with Scissors

Manitou Springs hosted a "Running with Scissors" event on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The event dedicated the new mural on the Manitou Arts Center as well as the new Tesla charger. Dennis Korth, Mac McCauley, David McNeil, John Duprey and Wilson Hitchings were at the event.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New members, Scott & Claudia Sanders!

Our two newest members, Scott & Claudia Sanders, are from Palmer Lake, CO and will be a future 2016 Model S 60D Metallic Blue owner (perhaps ordering in September 2016) as well as having a Model 3 reservation. Our club member Jim Field told Scott about our group, please make them welcome when you see them!

Tesla 19" rims for sale

Please contact Heath Smith if you're interested in purchasing any of his three available 19" factory Tesla rims. No tire or TPMS, like new, asking $200 apiece.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cripple Creek EV Rally a success!

Twenty-two Teslas and an electric motorcycle made it to the Cripple Creek Rally today. Quite a few locals stopped by for information on the cars and a good time was had by all.