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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

First Saturdays Car Show this weekend

Check out our Meetings and Events page, there are many shows to visit. This Saturday is the First Saturdays Car Show at the Cinemark Theater on Powers Blvd. in Colorado Springs. Cars start to arrive about 7:00am, with it nearly full by 7:30am. Hundreds of cars participate, great show, I suggest you visit!
-Wilson Hitchings

Monday, May 28, 2018

From John Dyste at Porsche Colorado Springs

I just saw a video of Adam Levine from Maroon 5 driving a Mission E.  Here’s think link.

Can’t wait to have a go.

John Dyste
Porsche Colorado Springs
Cell: 612-961-2381

Office: 719-219-5013

Sunday, May 27, 2018

We're international, folks!

As the website administrator, I keep track of our blog and it's activity. I am surprised to see that Europe - Poland and Russia - have people that view our website this week! Interesting, huh? And when viewing our all-time stats (last photo), Israel is our second highest source of visits!
-Wilson Hitchings

Last Week (below)

All-time stats (below)

Porsche Mission E taking reservations

Thanks to Mark Gama for this message. I'd love to see a Mission E, please let our club know if you order one!
-Wilson H

John Dyste
Porsche Colorado Springs
Cell: 612-961-2381
Office: 719-219-5013

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mark's Tesla Service Experience

I received this message from Mark Holzrichter, our member, about his Tesla service experience:

Hi Wilson,
Delete this if you don't want to take time to read about a Model S problem and resolution.
I work one week a month at a facility near Yoder CO including 3 miles on dirt roads to get there. Last Thursday as I left work near Yoder my Model S made loud noises like fingernails on a chalkboard. The sound seemed to come from the left front wheel. I stopped, felt around the wheel and found a plate covering the inside of the brake rotor that made the same pitch when I twanged it. I called Tesla service, drove 3 mph and let him listen. He said it sounded like a rock got where it did not belong, and he could send service to rescue me or I could drive home. He notified Mobile Service to make an appointment.  He said the car would tell me if I needed to stop for safety. I decided to drive home. Thinking it over I started by going in reverse at 12mph for a few yards. The noise stopped and only returned the next morning at the second stop sign. I returned home, parked, and took my wife's minivan to Yoder. Mobile Service called 2 hours later, came to my house an hour after that, removed 2 rocks, test drove it, topped off fluids, and charged me nothing even though it's past 50,000 miles, and maybe not Tesla's fault. I'm a happy camper.
Share if you like.
This week I met Nick who told the inspiring story of being the first Model 3 reservation in CO. He's had his Model 3 for 3 weeks. It's a nice red that looks to me like a special color only for early reservations. He said his Dad got the same car.
I'm pleased to now see Model 3s as often as I see Xs and Ss.
Happy driving.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Custer Dinner at Custer Corral, Custer, SD

The best buffet South Dakota has to offer is at the Custer Corral in downtown Custer, SD. Thanks again to Dan Rosenblatt for the photos.

Crazy Horse Monument, SD up close

Our club President, Mac McCauley, is at Custer, SD at the Crazy Horse monument. Here is his lovely wife, BJ (in pink), up close and personal at the statue.


Custer, SD Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Our club member, Dan Rosenblatt, sent us photos of the new Tesla Supercharger ribbon cutting ceremony in Custer, SD. Thanks, Dan!

More Custer photos!

Thanks, Dan Rosenblatt, for the photos from Custer yesterday!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Custer Trip has started

Here are a few photos from Mac McCauley from Thursday - he made the trip to Custer one day early. Enjoy!

The first charge from Colorado Springs was in Loveland, CO

After charging in Cheyenne, WY, the last charge was in Lusk, WY.

The Crepe Myrtle at Lusk was in full bloom on Thursday!

It rained the last hour into Custer, SD.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New members Ron and Pam Standley

Our latest additions, Ron and Pam Standley, come from Larkspur, CO and have a 2015 Model S 90D Titanium. Please make them welcome when you meet them!

50 years ago, same range

I was doing some research for a presentation I'm doing in August and I discovered the Henney Kilowatt. It had the same range as a modern Nissan Leaf! Only a few were built so one can only imagine what an original one is worth these days!

And here's a YouTube video of one:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Latest communication about Custer, SD

This email was sent by Mac McCauley to the known attendees of the Custer, SD Rally this year:

Hello!  I am Mac McCauley, president of the Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Club, in Colorado.  I am the owner of one of the ORIGINAL 10 Teslas who attended the very FIRST Custer SD Tesla Rally in 2014.  Sorry that I have used the email list of attendees kindly provided by the Custer Chamber of Commerce to contact you.  I will not keep or share your email address beyond just this one email.  I am contacting all attendees with some information:

Since you will be attending the Custer Rally this year, there is something that is sort of fun to do while traveling, if you want to do it. At the very FIRST Custer Rally in 2014, SOMEONE from California (I have forgotten his name) dreamed up a way for all of us to keep track of each other while traveling IF YOU WANT. He created a GLYMPSE BANG TAG (also known as a Glympse Public Group). First you download the GLYMPSE app onto your smartphone, then go to the main menu (3 lines up at the left top of the app), down to PUBLIC TAGS, then enter this text: !soundofsilence. That is the exclamation mark (!) and soundofsilence without any spaces (enter). Then go to the big G at the bottom of the app and touch SHARE. Choose how long you want to share your locations (up to 12 hours at a time), then hit SHARE. Done. Now if you look on the map, you can see where you and EVERYONE using the SOS bang tag is IN REAL TIME! If you don't want people to be able to see where you are, just turn it off.

Now, get this: You give your friends and relatives who are not going with you this URL:

Now, anyone with ANY web browser on any computer or phone can see where you are and where other participants from all over are located. Tons of fun for friends and relatives to know where you are RIGHT NOW!  BTW, you can call up that web page in the Tesla Model S or X web browser WHILE YOU ARE DRIVING. If you have a Model 3, TOO BAD, no browser!

The constant updating uses some additional cellular battery and data. In my experience, it is not bad, but you might want to plug in your phone while traveling and check your data usage if you are on a tiny data plan.

This is quite handy, because if most everyone going to the Custer Rally uses Glympse, you will be able to see what participants (if any) are at superchargers as you approach them and where everyone else is located. Sometimes you will find a travel buddy going the same way. I will try to keep sharing my location from now on until the end of the rally. I changed my "handle" to Mac & BJ. We live in Colorado Springs and will travel on May 17 (Thursday) and May 20 (Sunday). See you there, please be sure to say hi!   

Mac McCauley (and wife, BJ)
We are driving our Signature silver Model X, and we also have a Model 3.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

First Saturdays Car Show

Two Model S's and two Model 3s were at the First Saturdays Car Show today. A red convertible was in amongst the EVs but was happy to be there.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Andrew Soeldner - new photo!

One of our most patient club members - Andrew Soeldner - sent in a new photo of his Model 3. He waited quite some time to get his new vehicle, and was the first in the state to order the car. He sent in a new photo which shows his new wheels...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Stay tuned for a Supercharger event!

Thanks to Ed Post, our member, for notifying me about an future/possible Estes Park Supercharger event happening at the Stanley Hotel.

See the event highlighted here:

We are sponsoring the CSU Efficiency Day!

The CSEVC is sponsoring the June 9, 2018 CSU Efficiency Day event this Saturday at 2855 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs. Our club is the main exhibitor of electric vehicles at the show so your attendance is much appreciated. There is no schedule for individuals attending, the show goes from 9:00am until 1:00pm, although those wanting to exhibit their cars at the show open should be there by 8:00am. You may come and go as you please, but with visitors all over the show we ask that you take great care when leaving or entering the show before its close. Come when you can and we'll make a spot for you.

I have to be gone for a short period of time during the show but feel free to call me if you have any questions. We get the parking spots in the back of the event building, and event entry is in the rear.  Please back in and park next to the other electric cars in the rear lot. Your dedication in showing your cars at this event surely helps spread the word about EVs! Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your car, charging, range, etc. I have found many guests at this show are very curious about our cars and the technology. If you're open to allowing riders in your car, I'm sure CSU would appreciate test drives from our members.

-Wilson Hitchings

First Saturdays car show has MOVED!

The First Saturdays car show that is starting this Saturday, May 5, 2018, has moved positions at the First and Main Town Center on Powers Blvd. and Constitution in Colorado Springs. No longer in front of Dick's Sporting Goods, it's at the Holiday Inn (same complex) closer to the Cinemark movie theater. This is a great show, no all-day commitment, hundreds of cars. Here is the event's announcement from their website:

The First & Main First Saturdays Car Show is an annual concert series in it’s 9th year of operation that runs every first Saturday from May to October from 8-10am. The car show centers around bringing people of Colorado Springs together in a historic, fun-filled, family friendly environment. The event is hosted IN A NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR behind the Holiday Inn adjacent to the Cinemark Movie Theater in the First & Main Town Center.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Tesla Photo Shoot - Conceal Fab

I got this email from our club member who took his Tesla for a photo shoot:


I contacted Dennis Roark and took my Tesla for a photo op on Saturday. I took a couple of my own and was wondering if you would like to post one on the website. Dennis was kind enough to take my wife and me on an interesting tour of the Conceal Fab production setup and explained various aspects of their many products. 

I am guessing Tesla will be setting up these modular cell towers near new supercharger stations in remote areas as they expand their supercharger network, well beyond regions that currently have good cell tower service. 

Mike Witter