Drive Sustainable!

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

David Churchill is our newest member!

Please welcome David Churchill from Denver, CO as our latest new member! David drives a 2015 Tesla Model S. Please make him welcome!

Monday, December 19, 2022

Monday, December 5, 2022

Rivian shuts us down

 I emailed Rivian motors, inquiring about a factory tour for 2023. Here's their response:


Hi Wilson,

Thank you for taking the time to reach out today. 

Currently, our teams remain laser-focused on production and delivering R1 vehicles to the roads and driveways of our community across the US and Canada. With that in mind, we are not offering tours of our plant. 

We appreciate your eagerness to visit and recommend you subscribe to our Adventures Newsletter for any updates. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! Have a great rest of your week!

Your fellow adventurer,

Monday, November 28, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022

New member Josh!

Our latest new member is Josh Hellman. He drives a Tesla Model S P85 and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Please make him welcome!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Herbert Diess may head up Tesla

 The Electric Viking is a YouTube channel I follow, and the author is projecting that former (read: fired) CEO of VW, Herbert Diess, will be named to head up Tesla. He will make an excellent replacement for Elon Musk.

The video: .

-Wilson Hitchings

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Ford, Ford, Ford...

Ford Motor Company just got whacked (that's a legal term) for reverse engineering a contracted  company's software instead of paying the annual license fees.

Here's the story: . 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Dominique is our newest member!

Dominique Zvorak from Colorado Springs, CO is our newest member. She drives a 2021 Tesla Model Y. Please make her welcome! 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Rivian is our newest vehicle!

Tim Jardeleza is our newest member. Tim drives a 2022 Rivian R1T and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Make him welcome!

EVs in Hurricanes

This person, in the wake of Hurricane Ian, found it easier to charge their car than to buy gasoline:

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Two new members!

Ed Peters drives a 2023 Chevy Bolt EV and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Colleen Niemczyk drives a 2022 Tesla Model X and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Please make them welcome! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Cool Science needs you!

Our club was asked to participate in the Cool Science Festival on Oct. 1, 2022 at UCCS in Colorado Springs. Please bring whatever EV vehicle you have. The campus is located between Nevada Ave. and Union Blvd. on Austin Bluffs Parkway. The event opens for cars to stage at 6:30am, and vehicles must be in place by 8:00am. Please park in the area marked in red (below). Do not block handicapped spaces! If you have a tent/table/chairs, please bring it. We must stay in place until 4:00pm. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

What If? Festival this Saturday


The What If... Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday Sept. 10, 2022. They need all brands of EVs for display & discussion. If you're on our mailing list, you should've received a message with details and very specific directions on how to enter the show. It's an all-day show, so plan to stay until 4:00pm. Please arrive as close to 8:00am as possible. See you there!

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

New member Diana Fagala

Our newest member is Diana Fagala. She is "Virginia inbound to Colorado Springs, CO" and drives a 2021 Tesla Model 3 LR. Please make her welcome!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

New member Terry Conway

Terry Conway is our latest member and hails from Falcon, CO. Terry has a 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range, please make Terry welcome!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

New member Carlton!

Carlton Maynard is our newest member. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO and drives a 2022 Tesla Model S. Make him welcome!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

James is our newest member!

 James Littlejohn is our newest member from Colorado Springs, CO. He has a 2022 Tesla Model 3. Please make him welcome!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The What If Festival needs EVs

The What If Festival takes place in downtown Colorado Springs, CO on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 and they need EVs for a display. More information to come, but feel free to visit their website for more information here: . 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Photos from the latest Bass Pro Shops show!

Thanks to Jason Odell for the photos from this past Saturday's Bass Pro Shops show!

Our newest member!

Nehemias Labrador is our newest club member, he joined after being on our Facebook group for some time. He drives a 2021 Tesla model Y Performance. Please make him welcome!

Thursday, July 7, 2022

A gas can for your Tesla

 I had no idea you could power a Tesla through the charge port WHILE you were driving...

If Ben Sullins says it's true, it must be: .

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Our newest member has a Rivian

 Please welcome Skylar Schofield, he drives a 2022 Rivian R1T. Skylar lives in Colorado Springs, CO.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Bill Kemp is our newest member!

Please welcome Bill Kemp, a new Tesla Model 3 owner, to the club. Bill lives in Colorado Springs, CO.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Shawn Snyder is our newest member

 Please make Shawn Snyder welcome, he drives a 2019 Tesla Model 3 and lives in Colorado Springs, CO!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Jason Odell is our newest member!

 Please make Jason Odell welcome, he's our newest member with a 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-e. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO.

Friday, June 24, 2022

New members Erik and Bobby

Our latest additions to the CSEVC are Erik Lundeen and Bobby Jones. Erik drives a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e and Bobby is an automobile broker in Colorado Springs. Welcome!

Friday, June 17, 2022

New member Doug Bohm

Our newest member, Doug Bohm, was recommended to us by Julia Moravcsik. He lives in Longmont, CO and wants his next vehicle to be a Subaru EV. Welcome!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Ford F-150 Lightening Range Test

 Out of Spec Motoring did a real-world range test on a new Ford F-150 Lightening. They go 250 miles range, all at 70mph, pretty impressive. See the test: .

Registration for the UCCS Science Fair is open

UCCS is having a Science Fair on Oct. 1, 2022 and would love some EVs for display. They just opened up their registration page: .

Friday, June 10, 2022

Ioniq 5 Review by MotorWeek

Traditional auto review sources are reviewing EVs with regularity! Here's a MotorWeek review of the new Ioniq 5: . The *surprising* part of the review is that you can get adapters for reverse energy - i.e., you can use the car's battery to power external devices. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

New members Stephen & Amador

 Amador Fierro and Stephen Wilson are our newest members. Stephen has a 2021 Chevy Bolt, and Amador has a 2019 Nissan Leaf. Make them welcome.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Newest and most distant member, Zane Zuther

Our newest club member hails from Bismark, North Dakota. His name is Zane Zuther and he met several CSEVC club members at the recent Tesla Rally in Custer, South Dakota. He doesn't drive and EV but works for an electric utility cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is interested in the development of EVs in general and operates his own technology company in his free time. Please make him welcome when he attends one of our Zoom meetings!

Thursday, May 26, 2022

You're safer in an EV!

 Read the full article - it’s not all EVs that are less likely to crash …

And yet I find myself sometimes trusting TACC  and Autopilot maybe more than I should - I’ll glance at my phone a bit more often than when I used to drive an ICE.

Tesla drivers are almost 50% less likely to crash while driving a Tesla than when driving other cars: study
New research from Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), one of the industry’s largest telematics service providers, has found several interesting trends regarding electric vehicle drivers. Among the study’s findings involved Tesla drivers, who were almost 50% less likely to crash while driving a Tesla than when driving other cars.

Read in TESLARATI:   

-Dan Rosenblatt

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

New member Jeffrey Weinberg

 Jeffrey Weinberg is our latest new member. He lives in Highlands Ranch, CO and drives a 2022 Volvo C40 (our first Volvo in the club).

Make him welcome!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

New member Laura Kadlecek

 Laura Kadlecek is our latest new member. She drives a 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Please make her welcome!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

EV event needs EVs

 I received this message a day or so ago, the coordinator needs EVs on display for Saturday, June 25, 2022. If you are interested, respond to Jim Riggins, , 719-313-6171 by June 12 if possible. Last minute cancellations and additions are not a problem.


Hello Wilson,

I'm the volunteer chair of the Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society and I would like to ask for some CSEVC member support in June.  We host a series of free public lectures and education on a variety of topics in renewable energy and energy efficiency.  On Saturday, June 25, we will host a lecture on electric vehicle basics at Library 21C from 10:30 to 12:00 noon.  We would like to follow the lecture with a display of various EVs in the parking lot, and the chance for the public to chat with owners, starting at 11:30. The Google Maps locator for the library is .

I will have my Model X out there but I would love to see a wide variety of makes and models in the lot.  I know there have been at least 2 Rivian R1T deliveries in Colorado Springs and it would be outstanding if any of these owners are CSEVC members and might be able to attend.

Could you please send out the announcement of this event to the membership? I apologize for the late notice, but we've delayed the scheduling while waiting to see what the COVID situation would be.

Thank you.

Jim Riggins
The Basics of Electric Vehicles- Discussion and Car Show
Hosted by: The non-profit Southeast Colorado Renewable Energy Society

Saturday, June 25 from 10:30 AM to noon.

Library 21C
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920 

New Member Paul G. Rauschke

 Paul G. Rauschke is our newest member from Buena Vista, CO. He has a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E, please make him welcome!

Monday, May 2, 2022

New member Jared Brumfield

 Jared Brumfield joins our club with a 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. Please make him welcome!

Rivian R1T test drive

 One of our new club members, Robert P., offered to let my neighbor have a test ride in his Founder's Edition R1T. It was quite the experience! Here's the video: . 

Friday, April 29, 2022

New member Ken Hayes

 Ken Hayes, a previous owner of a Chevy Bolt, now has a  2022 Tesla Model Y LR (white, 5 seat, Gemini, tow hitch).  Please make him welcome!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

The CSEVC was represented in Kansas!

Frank Horn and Wilson Hitchings both attended the Buzzard Bash in Wakeeney, KS on April 23, 2022. An informative, entertaining and marvelous video about the show is here: .

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Famous, yet again

 The Osage City, KS newspaper (the Osage County Herald-Chronicle) had to publish a correction to their recent edition for the names of the Car Show winners. When they did so, they made one of our club members famous (well, MORE famous).

Ford Mach-e maxed out on orders

Thanks to Robert G. for this link, it looks like Ford isn't taking any more orders for the 2022 Mach-e. You can have the perspective that they should ramp up production to meet demand OR you could say they don't want to make too many in order to continue to make ICE vehicles. 

Check out the story:

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Toyota announces their first BEV

 Toyota has announced their first battery-only electric vehicle, and at a good price. Their limited production numbers, however, make it appear that Toyota is only paying lip service to EVs rather than actually becoming an EV manufacturer. 

See the details about the new Toyota EV: .

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Our club member on video!

 A local YouTuber made a video about the recent Golden, CO electric car display, and our club member Bob Andersen is in it! Check him about about 2:40: .

Two CSEVC club members are famous!

 Dan R., Wilson H. and Mac M., all drove to Osage City, KS for a car show on April 9. The local paper, the Osage Herald-Chronicle, mentioned the electric cars at the show. The price and availability of autographs are specific to each person mentioned in this post.

Why Tesla factories aren't UAW...

Ever wonder why no Tesla plant in the US is unionized? Check out:

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

New member Michael Lascuola

Michael Lascuola is our latest new member. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO and has a 2022 Tesla Model Y. Please make him welcome!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Famous Last Words!

 Thanks to Robert G., our club member, for this link from the BMW CEO. He completely dismisses Tesla's Gigacasting efforts: .

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Two new members!

Ivan Kirillov and Robert Powell are our two newest members. Ivan drives 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Robert drives a 2022 Rivian R1t. Please make them welcome!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Osage City, KS - It's a thing!

 SO both the latest & greatest + classic electric cars are making the day trip to Osage City, KS for their April 9, 2022 show. Mac McCauley (2022 Model X Plaid), Dan Rosenblatt (2021 Model S Plaid) and Wilson Hitchings (vintage 2015 Model S90D, whale oil edition) are all driving out to Topeka, KS on the day before the show. It's a two-nighter (stay two nights, return day after the show) trip due to distance (about 8 hours driving time).

We sure could use more EVs than we have going, all brands, maybe a Model 3 or so. If you'd like to go, see our Events Calendar page for the details. You can register day-of-show (we all are). It's I-70 all the way so charging is readily available. 

Contact one of the three intrepid travelers if you want to caravan with them on an EV mission...

Saturday, March 19, 2022

New BMW iX on display - at lunch

Thanks to Will Miller for bringing his friend, Jeremy, and a sales expert, James, from Winslow BMW. They brought a new BMW iX for the club to look at.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Rivian makes trucks!

 Club member Mark Holzrichter and I (plus a neighbor) went up to the Rivian service center in Denverd and got to look inside a Rivian RT1. Neato!

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Plaid is the new style!

Please welcome our latest member Coty Hansford. He drives a Tesla Model S Plaid 2022 and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. We hope to see him at car shows!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Chris Weaver is our newest member!

 Please welcome Chris Weaver to the club, he has a 2018 Tesla Model 3 and lives in Colorado Springs, CO.

Why do we have 110v / 120v?

 Here's an interesting video showing why the USA has 110v / 120v and other countries do not. More interestingly, my employer (Underwriters Laboratory) was started at or right after the World's Fair in Chicago, and that Fair was the first electrified Fair ever. It's mentioned several times in the video.

Friday, March 4, 2022

Lots of lunchies

 We had 16 folks at our Friday lunch today! Thanks for coming!

A new X in the family!

 Our esteemed President and Treasurer, Mac & BJ McCauley, have a new addition to their vehicle family! They just took delivery on a 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

WV wants to kill OTA updates!

Checkout this video explaining the latest attempt by dealers and legacy manufacturers to prevent over-the-air updates from the likes of Tesla and Rivian... 

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Lots of lunchies

 We had 16 club members attend our lunch this past Friday (Feb. 25, 2022) at SmashBurger in Colorado Springs, CO!

Friday, February 25, 2022

New member Dwight Smith

Dwight Smith is our newest member, he lives in Fountain, CO and drives a 2021 Ford Mach E First Edition. Please make him welcome!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

New member Ric Paradise

Ric Paradise is our newest member. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO and is a retired corporate pilot. He has a 2021 Volkswagon ID4. Please make him welcome!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The CSEVC is famous!

 What's it like to be famous? Welllll, ask the CSEVC! Ask me! It's media coverage like this that starts empires. I'll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bezos and Musk soon, and you knew me when I was just well-known. Autographs available for a fee, of course. Oh and a photo of club member Dan Rosenblatt's 2021 Model S Plaid car was printed.

-Wilson "Mr. Famous Person" Hitchings

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Delorean EV

 Thanks to Rob Bowers for telling us about the article. 

Note that one company already made an electric Delorean, but only made one and went out of business. It used a J1772 connector n the front of the car (in the grill) and the range was about 70 miles. Here's the video from 2012: .

Monday, February 14, 2022

New member Frank Parsons

Frank Parsons is our newest member from Salida, CO. He drives a 2017 GM Bolt; please make him welcome!

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Dan Rosenblatt's Trip to Virginia

 Our intrepid club member Dan Rosenblatt recently drove his 2021 Plaid Model S from Denver to Virginia during cold weather. He sent us some photos of his trip...