Please welcome Elder Noble to our club. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO and drives a Tesla 2017 model s 90d.
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
There's a great car show this weekend in Westcliffe, Colorado. It's only $25 to enter your car, quite a pleasant drive, great show. I'll be there! You can register online at: https://www.valleystrong.us/our-events/labor-day-car-show/car-show-registration/ .
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
Yet another wonderful car show in Hays, KS is September 16, 2023. The show is in a shaded park on grass, delightful even on a hot day. Highly recommended!
The map locator for the car show is: https://goo.gl/maps/1TLgkujmPvEPacMP6
Monday, August 14, 2023
Thursday, August 10, 2023
The date and location of the club's 2023 picnic has been announced. Stay tuned for more details.
|Title:||CSEVC club picnic|
|Location:||Dirty Woman Creek Park Pavilion - 17575 Mitchell Avenue Monument, CO 80132|
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM|
Friday, August 4, 2023
So a friend sent me a video claiming to be an explosion of two electric cars that collided. If you haven't seen the video, I'm sure the powers that be will get it circulated. There's no evidence of a collision, I can't even see a second car, and of course no mention of the same risk in a gas car.
I went to YouTube to look for "gas car explosions" to send a link of a video back to my friend. Guess what videos appeared in the search results? You guessed it! ELECTRIC CAR FIRES. I didn't ask for that, didn't want that, but "someone" is paying for YouTube (i.e., Google) to filter the exact results with what their advertisers want. Take a gander.
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the CSEVC's group excursion to the Gateway Auto Museum on August 12, 2023 (next weekend) has been cancelled. Most of the automobiles at the museum are up for auction in Monterey, CA. It appears that the Gateway Automobile Museum is closing.
If you are curious, the auction house is called Broad Arrow and will be handling 31 of the 55 cars for auction. The remaining cars are already on an online auction website run by Haggerty.
I believe the Broad Arrow auction information is: https://www.broadarrowauctions.com/events/event/Monterey-Jet-Center-Auction-2023 .
It's too late to plan a replacement trip for that weekend. Since vacation time may have already been reserved by those of us employed, let's leave next Friday's lunch also cancelled.
UPDATE: Mark Holzrichter responded to the cancellation notice with the following:
We are going to Ouray and Palisade anyway with several reservations. If anyone wants to meet us in Palisade, let me know.
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Friday, July 21, 2023
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Our latest EV club member is Bud Baker. He has a 2023 Wink Solar Sprout. Bud has never charged his Sprout as the rooftop solar panel keeps it charged. Make him welcome as one of the rare LSV (low speed vehicle) club members!
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
From our club member, Lacy A., who could use EV enthusiasts - not your cars - to help discuss EV ownership at her event this weekend. From Lacey:
This Friday we (Save Energy Co) will make an appearance at Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke, Colorado and we will bring a Jeep Wrangler 4xe, Ford F150 Lightning, and Mustang Mach-e for some demonstrations on the dirt track. Everyone is welcome! We'll be there to answer any questions people have about EVs, charging, and incentives.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Monday, May 29, 2023
Friday, May 19, 2023
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Friday, May 12, 2023
A friend who rented a 2020 Tesla Model Y sent me these photos. He had 120 miles on the odometer and needed to drive 74 miles distance. He was forced to stop at a Supercharger on the way to his hotel with just 3 miles left on the battery. He consumed 117 miles of range to go 74 miles of distance, an overhead of 37% additional battery consumption. The conditions, you ask, that caused such a high overhead? RAIN. It was warm but such a violent thunderstorm that my friend had the wipers on full blast the entire drive. I have never driven in rain so strong as to have near 40% overhead. Arriving at a Supercharger with only 3 miles left would scare most people, I think.
Monday, May 8, 2023
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
One of our newest members, Karl Roscoe, was kind enough to write up his first cross-country trip in his Polestar 2.
What I Learned on My Polestar 2 Vacation
By Karl Roscoe
Late last January I had occasion to drive cross country to North Carolina from Larkspur, Colorado. I was chomping at the bit as I had had my Polestar 2 for a little over six months and hadn’t yet had the opportunity to get out on the open road to get the full ‘electric experience.’ So here’s the rundown.
I left on 22 January, 2023 — the (very cold) morning following a winter storm of the previous two days. I was concerned about the cold and the commensurate drop in range, but I was anxious to get out and have some first-hand experience. I dutifully charged to 100% the night before and planned the snot out of the trip on ABRP, Google Maps and Plug Share. In fact, I was prepared enough that my lovely bride commented—several times—that she didn’t need to hear any more about it. My first stop was to be at Electrify America’s station off I-70 at the I-70 diner. I headed out to Limon via the Peyton Highway and picked up I-70 there. (Cue ominous music)
Because of the cold and my relative unfamiliarity with long-distance electric driving, I was paying close attention to range and battery predictions. What I wasn’t paying attention to was that my first charging stop at the EA station at the diner had been bypassed by Google Maps, and I was now headed to Goodland KS instead. That’s what I found out when I confidently pulled in to the 24/7 station, anyway. With 15% charge. It was an EvGo charger. I don’t have an EvGo account. This wasn’t Electrify America at all!
Monday, May 1, 2023
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023
So in Utah, the oil lobby apparently needs to lower consumer gasoline prices by taxing EVs. As Mark Twain once said, the United States has the best government money can buy!
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Tesla's recently released statistics show that FSD is many times safer than non-FSD driving:
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
According to Tesla, their batteries only experience 12% degradation after 200K miles:
Monday, April 24, 2023
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Don't forget there's a car show in Wakeeney, KS this Saturday! It's about 100 miles further on I-70 than Colby, KS. It's a great little town, they love EVs, great beef if you like that sort of thing. Visit our events page for details.
Thursday, April 6, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Paul Schurtz is our newest member from Colorado Springs, CO. He drives a 2023 Rivian R1T, please make him welcome! His response to our welcome message is below:
Thank you for accepting me into the club. I look forward to meeting others, and learning more about EVs from them. I have a Rivian R1T, and it is my very first EV. I have already learned so much, and hope to learn much more about EVs and their impacts going forward.
I recently signed up to show my R1T at the DEED event. That is where I heard about this club. Considering I am already a member of the Rocky Mountain Rivian Club, I thought it would be cool to join any other Rivian, or EV-related club.
I dont normally go on Facebook very often, but I do have a Rivian-themed Instagram account - @overlandr1t. My wife and I will be documenting our adventures with the Rivian there with pictures and video. Feel free to use any of the pictures from there any time you like. Once we get the truck more built out for camping and going off-road, we are also thinking about doing a YouTube channel for it.
Considering I work during the day, I may be limited in the number of Zoom calls and lunches I can attend, but I will definitely try.
Thanks again for accepting me into the club. I look forward to meeting you all, and learning more about this community from you.
Friday, March 31, 2023
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Here's an article that's making the social media rounds on charging EVs in the USA, it's not very pretty:
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Monday, March 13, 2023
Remember all the anti-lithium articles from car makers and oil producers about 10 years ago? I still see them quoted even today by people who don't like EVs. We all know the chant: by buying an EV, you're contributing to child labor in the Congo.
There's a new attack on EVs, with misinformation, and it's on the aluminum used in EVs. Visit the link below to a new Sam Alexander video that explains how the latest article is deceptive. The short answer: while trying to say EVs are bad because they use aluminum, Bloomberg fails to tell you that the gasoline version of the Ford F-150 Lightening uses MORE aluminum than the EV version does. Propaganda at its best, folks!
Video: https://youtu.be/EjBSMwA1wp8 .
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Sunday, March 5, 2023
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Mazda is bringing back its rotary engine in a hybrid EV automobile. The interesting part is that the hybrid design uses the electric motor/generator to accelerate/retard the speed of the rotary piston to obtain the most efficiency for its engine.
Check out the video: https://youtu.be/-3gzQVGEqF4 .
Friday, February 17, 2023
Ever run into the statement that EVs will overwhelm the grid, so therefore we should continue to use ICE vehicles? I do! Thanks to Dan R. for the reference, you'll find that EVs use the same energy as appliances.
Monday, February 13, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023
Please welcome Lacey Allor to our club. She lives in Fort Collins, CO but grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. Our club member Chris Lennon told her about our group, and she joined shortly thereafter. She works for Northern Colorado Clean Cities...welcome Lacey!
Some cars getting fried at EA chargers: https://www.teslarati.com/rivian-ford-chevy-fried-electrify-america-video/
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Our club member, Mario B., sent us an excerpt of an article about electric cars:
Here’s a passage from a book written in 1976, before the age of EVs, that illustrates the advantages of electrical power used to drive the Panama Canal’s locks. It sounds a lot like the advantages of EVs over ICE vehicles.
- Charging EVs uses electricity transmitted over wires, rather than fuel trucked in to service stations.
- EVs can have multiple independent motors.
- Electric motor characteristics.
The Path Between the Seas – The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870 – 1914
by David McCullough
The advantages of electrical power were many: it could be transmitted over long distances; in complicated installations each different machine or mechanism could have its own motor drive (exactly as in the locks), instead of the power being transmitted here and there from one central source by an elaborate system of drive shafts, belts, and pulleys (as in a conventional steam-driven factory). The motors themselves were relatively small, compact, watertight; they turned at constant speeds irrespective of the loads put upon them; they required a minimum of attention; they would not blow-up.