Annual Fall Drive Sunday, September 29th

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Join us for our annual Fall Drive to Estes Park on Sunday, September 29th. Details are posted on our Facebook group.

Meet Location: Cafe 13, 1301 Arapahoe St, Golden, CO 80401
Meet Time: 9:30AM - on the road by 10AM
Lunch at noon: Big Horn 401 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
There are several charging areas throughout Estes.

Questions: call/text Laura 303.909.7087

Drive route:
93 to 72 to 119 back to 72 to 7
https://goo.gl/maps/GGdYJZsSzbBSdEHT9

90's Block Party Supporting Big Green Saturday, September 28th

Kimbal Musk is hosting an out of this world 90s Block Party in Denver on September 28th for his non-profit Big Green and wants to see you there!
Vintage Denver is a party in the alley way of the Dairy Block in downtown Denver with glow sticks, great food, open bar, and everything 90s. Check out Kimbal's 90s style and see if you can dress to impress! VIP Tickets get you access to an intimate party with Kimbal and Big Green's top supporters before the event and includes free valet parking at the Maven Hotel, as well as entrance to the Block Party. VIP and General Admission Tickets at VintageDenver.co

Colorado Sun Opinion: Why the zero emission vehicle standard matters — and what it means for Colorado

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A recent Opinion piece in the Colorado Sun gives a great summary of the importance and benefits of Colorado's recently adopted ZEV standard. These are important points to remember as the ZEV standard comes under attack at the federal level and misinformation continues to be spread by regional trade associations.
The hard work of several DTC members and like-minded supporters throughout the state to get the ZEV standard adopted remains a source of pride for our group.

Opinion Piece - ZEV Mandate Context

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Resistance to EVs: Legacy auto history shows pushbacks are nothing new

On July 8th, Sean Michael Mitchell continued his advocacy with an article published on Teslarati.  Once again, while Sean took this effort on as an individual, the board of the Denver Tesla Club fully endorses his positions. We, as a board, remain committed to promoting accurate information to counter the intentional distortions promoted by well-funded interests.  Kudos to Sean for another published article!

Independence Day Gatherings

Independence Day saw a a number of gatherings in the region and yielded some really cool photos. Some of the images got picked up by CleanTechnica with retweets from @Tesla among other prominent accounts.
It is also so great to see some gorgeous American-made vehicles featured prominently in Independence Day parades. Great job everyone!

Learning Garden At McGlone Elementary Update

About our partnership with Big Green:

Construction and planting are complete!

We remain committed to our goal of supporting Big Green in building a Learning Garden at McGlone Elementary in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver.

Big Green's donors fully fund the Learning Gardens and the organization manages all the construction, training of educators, and maintenance for the startup years to create a truly sustainable program. 

Beyond funding, we are also excited for volunteer opportunities for years to come.

We still haven't met our goal, so every donation over $100 before we reach our goal will enter you into a raffle to win 2 GA Tickets to Big Green's Vintage Denver event Hosted by Kimbal Musk at The Dairy Block on September 28th.

Every donation of $5,000 before we meet our goal will include a Thank-You Gift of 2 VIP Tickets to Big Green's Vintage Denver event Hosted by Kimbal Musk at The Dairy Block on September 28th. VIP tickets include an intimate Preview Party prior to the event, separate entrance to the event with valet, and entrance to the VIP lounge hosted by Kimbal Musk. 

McGlone & Denver Tesla Club Donation Page

If you are interested in learning more, you may contact Alex Brady  He has generously offered to host a tour of one of their gardens and can tell the Big Green story with deep passion.

Upcoming Event: Tesla Time Under the Sun June 22nd

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Location: Aurora Reservoir
                  5800 S. Powhaton Road
                  Aurora, CO 80016
Date: Saturday, June 22nd 11:30-2:30

Details: Join the Denver Tesla Club at the Aurora Reservoir for a family-friendly summer outing. We will have a few picnic tables reserved by the water directly straight ahead as you enter. 
The reservoir has kayaks and paddle boards for rent or you may bring your own.
Bring toys for the kids at the great beach area!

RSVP: Sign up

Opinion Pieces - Correcting the Record

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Opinion: Three myths about owning an electric vehicle in Colorado. Let’s set the record straight

On June 2nd, Sean Michael Mitchell felt it was important to clarify some misinformation being spread by opponents of electric vehicles and Teslas in particular.  While Sean took this effort on as an individual, the board of the Denver Tesla Club fully endorses his positions. We, as a board, feel it is more important than ever to have accurate information published in a clear and articulate manner to counter the intentional distortions promoted by well-funded interests.  Thank you Sean for your work on this!


Opinion: Colorado Auto Dealers peddling misinformation about EVs

On June 16th, Plug In America's CEO also chimed in on the public debate to correct the "outdated, misleading and factually incorrect information" being spread by CADA and other industry groups.  This and Sean's pieces are great for sharing and will help respond to the common questions we all receive from people unfamiliar with EVs - particularly since there is so much intentional misinformation being spread by the other side.  We appreciate Plug In America's support.

Advocacy 
Anti-ICEing Bill Passes!

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With bipartisan support, Colorado's HB19-1298 was passed by both the Colorado State House & Senate at the end of the legislative session.  Starting this summer, ICE vehicles blocking EV chargers and EVs not using chargers will be in violation of the law and can be subject to a fine of $150 and surcharge of $32.  There are some exceptions that can be found here.
This bill is as much about supporting local business owners as much as EV owners since most EV charging stations are installed by private business owners seeking to attract EV patrons
EV owner Kamala Vanderkolk not only helped initiate and drive the bill but kept the EV community updated every step of the way. A special thanks to Kamala for her passion for the bill.

Upcoming Event: Overnight Stay at The Stanley Hotel
 May 11th - 12th

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Location: The Stanley Hotel
                  333 East Wonder View
                  Estes Park, CO 80517

Date: Saturday, May 11th 4 PM Check-in; 
          Sunday, May 12th 11 AM Check-out

Details: As a sponsor of The Denver Tesla Club, The Stanley Hotel has graciously invited us for a night of fun.  

Discounted Nightly Rate: $159
Discount Code: Denver Tesla Club

The Denver Tesla Club will be hosting a reception from 6PM-9PM in the Music Room.  Food & beverage are available through the hotel.  Outside food is not permitted.
Tesla chargers are available onsite
Contact the hotel for discounted spirit tours
https://www.stanleyhotel.com/

Tesla Ice Racing in Georgetown, Colorado

It was a cold, very windy February day in Georgetown, Colorado when the Denver Tesla Club met up to compete against other participants on Georgetown’s frozen lake. This was the first time the club met up at the regularly occurring event by all types of vehicles and it was very well received by members who attended. This will very likely become an annual tradition each winter.

DTC Fundraiser to build a Learning Garden at McGlone Elementary with Big Green

Date: Saturday January 19, 2019
Place: NextDoor Eatery - 485 Park Central, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Time: 10:30 am-12 pm
Food: Appetizers will be covered by Denver Tesla Club. Menu food and drinks are self-pay.

Saturday (January 19, 2019), we will have the formal launch party for DTC's first charity project with Big Green Colorado. We are so excited to help support Big Green in building a Learning Garden at McGlone Elementary in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver. We will receive a presentation about how Big Green was conceived by Kimbal Musk and have a chance to learn more about their mission and process.

We, the members of DTC, have the opportunity to change lives with Big Green.  A science teacher at McGlone shared "Our students and community are often overlooked so we need and deserve the opportunity to be connected with resources and education for sustainable gardening and heath. That is why we are wishing for a Big Green Learning Garden this spring."  

Big Green's donors fully fund the Learning Gardens and the organization manages all the construction, training of educators, and maintenance for the startup years to create a truly sustainable program. 

Beyond funding, we are also expecting volunteer opportunities during the spring and fall plantings for years to come.

Every donation over $100 before we reach our goal will enter you into a raffle to win 2 GA Tickets to Big Green's Vintage Denver event Hosted by Kimbal Musk at The Dairy Block on September 28th.

Every donation of $5,000 before we meet our goal will include a Thank-You Gift of 2 VIP Tickets to Big Green's Vintage Denver event Hosted by Kimbal Musk at The Dairy Block on September 28th. VIP tickets include an intimate Preview Party prior to the event, separate entrance to the event with valet, and entrance to the VIP lounge hosted by Kimbal Musk. 

Donate here in advance:
McGlone & Denver Tesla Club Donation Page

If you aren't able to make this event, but are still interested in learning more, you may contact Alex Brady 


Video message from Big Green founder Kimbal Musk.

November meet-up at Stuttgart Auto Body

Last month we got an exciting opportunity to see vehicles being worked on by Denver's premier Tesla-certified collision repair center, Stuttgart Auto Body. They showed us how a repair works when your Tesla is in an accident and how Teslas compare to other high end cars they work on.

We also received an inside perspective from State Farm agent Austin Domsch on how to properly insure your Tesla and how his agency makes the insurance process as easy as possible.

Denver Tesla Club partners with Kimbal Musk's Big Green

Giving Back - Denver Tesla Club Supporting A Learning Garden at McGlone Elementary School
Board-members from DTC recently got a special tour of a wonderful Learning Garden built by the amazing not-for-profit Big Green.  We were deeply impressed with their process for fully supporting the development of these programs from beginning to end at schools in need.  Big Green's donors fully fund the Learning Gardens and the organization manages all the construction, training of educators, and maintenance for the startup years to create a truly sustainable program.  The Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that engage the students in growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables - that end up in the school cafeterias and support the surrounding residents.  With Big Green's staff, the DTC is aiming to fully fund the construction of a program at McGlone Elementary School in Montbello.  Our goal is $35,000 (like everyone chipping in for a base Model 3).  Let's make this happen. 
McGlone Elementary Campaign Page

End of Q3 2018 Volunteering

Q3 Delivery Volunteers
As many of you have heard and read, following an offer to help from a current owner, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk recently welcomed volunteers to the service centers to help orient new owners.  Elon and his brother Kimbal (from Boulder, CO) were repeatedly on site to help with this push to meet the "delivery logistics hell" deadline of the 3rd Quarter close.  This is the kind of thing that truly sets Tesla apart from other vehicle brands and gives us at the DTC Board a case of the feels.  It has been reported that our local service center in Littleton delivered over 200 vehicles in the last weekend.  We would love to see data on this if you can find it.  More importantly, huge kudos to the service center staff, thank you to the volunteers, and congratulations to all the new owners that are leading the charge towards sustainable transportation and are fortunate to now own the best vehicles in the world.

Estes Park / Stanley Hotel DTC Meet Up

It was a beautiful day for a mountain drive and Denver Tesla Club meet up! Who knew that the trek up the mountain would be such an adventure?! 6 Model S’s and 1 Model X made it up. Together we found a treasure trove: a new Tesla Supercharger! Slated to open in Q3, this Supercharger is nestled behind the Stanley Hotel. It’s arguably the most beautiful one in the state, if not the nation!

Thank you for all those that made it up. Stay charged!

 
 
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