Drive Sustainable!

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

Monday, December 31, 2018

A fortunate unfortunate event

Ouch! I had a curb strike on Saturday returning home in the snow. I could tell I needed an alignment on the few blocks remaining home, but the next day no warnings were displayed. I drove the vehicle the day after, no problems. Little did I know I had damaged the ball joint and likely the axle.

I was leaving the wheel repair shop I was visiting when I put the car in reverse and moved about 1 foot backwards when...boom. The wheel fell off. Actually, the ball joint fell apart.

This was unfortunate for me, my insurance deductable and my car but very fortunate for when it occurred. Had I *not* driven my car to the wheel repair shop (AutoSpa) on Northpark Drive, I would've assumed all was right with my car and possibly driven it on the highway when it might have failed. As you can see from the pictures, the failure was catastrophic and could've been deadly had I been traveling at interstate speeds. Note that I was fully planning to drive my car to the Tesla Service Center in Littleton next week for a check on the car.

It's further fortunate that my car was disabled in an empty parking lot. The AAA tow truck driver could pull right up to my car at the proper angle and not have traffic swarming all around him. This made his placement of my car on the flatbed much easier.

And a tip of the hat to the AAA tow truck driver - he assured me that he would slide the flatbed under the car without dragging it on the damaged wheel and sure enough, that's exactly what he did. The car had to move/roll no more than a foot to fit on the flatbed. I am immensely grateful to the tow truck driver who prevented further damage to my car.

For the curious, my car was driven to Stuttgart Auto Body in Englewood, CO. It has a 5-star rating from Tesla on body repairs. The Tesla representative on the phone said that the Littleton Service Center couldn't repair suspension damage, which was surprising to me.

BTW, the AutoSpa wheel repair place gave me an excellent quote of $150 a wheel to refinish them. Since my wheels are not made any longer, I will have that done.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Welcome our latest member, David!

David H. lives in Colorado Springs and has a Tesla Model X 75D and a Volvo XC90 T8. Make him welcome when you see him!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New members Michelle and Rich Milner

Our latest new members are Michelle and Rich Milner. Let's make them welcome when we meet them!

Here's their message to me:

Hi! We are likely moving to Colorado Springs in July.

I am a model S owner - have been since moving to Hawaii in 2016. My husband has put his deposit down on his impending Rivian R1T, due late 2020.

Thank you and looking forward to living in CO and putting my Tesla to the Cold and Snow Test!

Michelle & Rich Milner

Thursday, December 6, 2018

New Member Robert Latham!

Our latest new member is Robert Latham, both a club member and a member on our Facebook page. Robert is a Model 3 owner and lives in Colorado Springs. Please make him welcome!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ribbon Cutting on Dec. 19, 2018!


You're invited to help us celebrate at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Electric Vehicle Charging Station being installed at the Pueblo West Library.

When: December 19, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pueblo West Library, Room A located at 298 S. Joe Martinez Blvd.

The Pueblo West community is holding a ribbon cutting for the new electric vehicle charging station, currently under construction at the Pueblo West Library on December 19 at 2 p.m. The key note speaker will discuss how consumers can take advantage of EV rebates and tax credits. The speaker will also discuss funding programs such as Charge Ahead Colorado, which will fund up to 80 percent of EV charging stations and ALT Fuels Colorado which funds up to 40 percent of electric transit and freight vehicles and explain the economic and environmental benefits of EV adoption. The chargers are brought to you by San Isabel Electric, Pueblo County Energy Office, Pueblo City-County Library District, Bank of the San Juans, the Renewable Energy Owners Coalition of America, and Pueblo West Metro District. 

Communications Specialist
San Isabel Electric
719-647-6248 M: 719-415-0226
781 E. Industrial Blvd.
Pueblo West, CO 81007

Saturday, December 1, 2018

CSEVC Holiday Party 2018 a success!

And a good time was had by all.

Some proposed activities for 2019: A visit to the Butley's in Hygiene, CO to see their solar farm and charging setup; PPIR racing days, Tesla Rally in Cheyenne, SD. It was also suggested to have a "tech day" for owners that installed their own dash cams to show how they did it.

Thanks, everyone, for a great 2018!