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  • January 04, 2021 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for current status.

    The above photo of the St. Petersburg Supercharger Station under construction was posted to Facebook.  It is not listed as a “Coming Soon” Supercharger on Tesla’s official Find Us page. It is located at a Wawa at 3637 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711.

    Here is the permit:


    Digging a little deeper into public records it states:

    Tesla proposes to Install an Electric Vehicle Charging station at Wawa consisting of (2) V3 SUPERCHARGER CABINETS, (8) V3 CHARGING POSTS, (1) MASTER CONTROLLER, (1) SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY, and (1) UTILITY TRANSFORMER.

    And:

    Install 1500 amp rated MLO MDP w/2-700 amp 480 volt breakers feeding 1-each Tesla charging cabinet. Each charging cabinet has 4-350 amp devices feeding 4-250 KW DC charging posts. Install 30 amp 277 volt circuit to site controller.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The red arrows marks the location. It is 22 miles south of the Pinellas Supercharger Station.

    Update as of December 4, 2020.




    Update as of December 5, 2020.


    This concrete pad is for two Supercharger cabinets and the main switchgear.

    Update as of December 28, 2020.


    Main switchgear in front with two version 3 Supercharger cabinets behind it.



    Another view of switchgear and Supercharger cabinets along with the charging posts.



    The installed utility transformer and meter on the left is probably for service to the Wawa.  The concrete pad and empty meter cabinet is for a future utility transformer and meter for service to the Supercharger station.



    Eight charging posts, seven back in, one pull in.

    Update as of January 4, 2020.


    Another view of the vacant transformer pad.



    Another view of all 8 charging posts.


    If you live or work in the area, please take some high-resolution photos of the construction progress and email them to me. 

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • January 02, 2021 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for current status.

    In early November, Tesla filed a permit application to build a Supercharger Station at a Wawa at 25155 Meran Way, Land O' Lakes, 34639. Google lists this location as 25155 Meran Way, Lutz FL 33559.  The city of Wesley Chapel is only 6 miles away, so this could be the "Coming Soon" Wesley Chapel Supercharger displayed on Tesla's Find Us page.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    Note that the "Coming Soon" Wesley Chapel Supercharger Station (gray pin) is located only 6 miles away from this proposed location.

    Update as of January 1, 2020.



    Fencing going up in preparation of breaking ground.

    Update as of January 2, 2020.


    A view of the construction area behind the fencing.


    If you live or work nearby the location, please take high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 31, 2020 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On October 20, 2020, Tesla submitted a permit application for a new Supercharger Station at a Wawa in Jacksonville.  It is located at 5735 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32216.  On December 17, 2020, the permit was issued.

    The permit is for a 12-stall, Version 3 Supercharger Station.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The new Supercharger Station will be only 6 miles west of the existing Supercharger Station at Gate Parkway.

    After they break ground, if you live or work nearby, please take some high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:  teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:  Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 29, 2020 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Above is an excerpt of the permit application for a new Supercharger Station in Davenport.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of this article for current status.

    The editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has located another active permit application for a future Supercharger Station in Davenport.  Tesla has not yet assigned a contractor to this project and a permit has not yet been issued.

    This station is not currently listed on Tesla’s official Find Us web page.

    The Supercharger Station is located at the Wawa at 8103 Lake Wilson Rd, Davenport, FL 33896.

    The description of work for the permit application indicates that this will be a 12-stall version 3 station.  The size is somewhat surprising since 12 parking spaces are more than a third of the total available parking. 

    Here is a Google aerial photo of the Wawa.  There are a few apparent locations for 12 stalls, the west side, and the south side, 6 on the west and 6 on the south.  I think the 12 space on the south side would be best.   


    Here is a vicinity map:

    Update as of December 29, 2020.

    Permit issued November 23, 2020.

    When construction starts, people working or living nearby are asked to periodically visit the site to take high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:  teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:  Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 27, 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On December 26, 2020, Homestead-Miami Speedway invited Florida Tesla Enthusiasts to experience another exhilarating drive as a group at high speed around their Speedway, all for a worthy cause.

    This was a charity event with the proceeds going to Driving for a Cause, a charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation. It raises funds for programs in South Florida that focus on education and youth development.


    Round and round and round we go!! What fun!

    Our group sprinted around the Speedway with 13 Teslas and 30 members and their guests. They included Models S, X, and 3s with long-time owners and one car that was 1 week old!

    Be ready to drive fast! The Speedway is an illuminated 1.5-mile oval track with 18-20 degree variable banking. Banked turns are always a thrill, with speeds topping 125 miles per hour! 


    The weather was beautiful, cool and sunny! Our excited group met at Sonny's BBQ, had a quick bite to eat, and charged up at the Supercharger. We caravanned to the track at 12:45, arriving 15 min later. The Homestead screens for COVID and requires masks at all time.

    The best part of our day was the unexpected extended track time we were given. Homestead charged our group just $20.00 per car for 7 laps on the track for this fundraising event. 15 laps later, I was wondering what a great Christmas present!!!!

    Based on the smiles on the drivers' faces as they pulled off the track...everyone had a great time! The most frequent question...."when can we come back?"

    Thanks go to Denise Grant for organizing this thrilling event and for authoring this article.

    Here are some short videos: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts Videos

    Here are some photos:






    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 27, 2020 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On December 1, 2020, we had a well-attended Virtual Meetup with Gus Cobeaga, Tesla’s Regional Service Manager, and Mark LaPlant, Service Manager. Gus and Mark discussed initiatives enhancing service operations and answered questions.

    Gus Cobeaga, Tesla’s Regional Service Manager

    Marl LaPlant, Service Manager of the Tampa Service Center.


    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 18, 2020 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll to the bottom of this article for current status.

    In April of this year, a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum located public minutes of the Development Review Committee of the City of Winter Garden.  The minutes indicated that Tesla representatives were proposing a Tesla charging station at the Wawa at 13501 W Colonial Dr, Winter Garden, FL 34787.  This proposed station is listed on Tesla's Find Us page as "Coming Soon." Another member subsequently noted that Tesla had formally applied for a permit on October 23, 2020.  

    Below is a vicinity map of the location.

    It appears from the minutes that Tesla is looking to install at least eight charging stalls.  However, there is some ambiguity in interpreting the minutes, and it is possible, although unlikely, that Tesla will be installing 16 stalls. I say it is doubtful because after examining the Wawa’s layout, there are a limited number of parking spaces. Nowhere are there 16 adjacent parking spaces. 

    Below is a Google photo of the Wawa.  Please note that the labeling of the onsite ATM may mislead a casual viewer to think that this location  is  a bank.


    The charging stalls are located in the red rectangle.

    Update as of December 2, 2020.


    In early November Tesla began staging equipment at the site. This is conduit. 


    Shortly later the construction fencing was installed.


    Two version 3 Supercharger cabinets mean that there will be 8 charging stalls.



    Breaking ground and beginning to install charging posts.



    Concrete pad for Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.



    This will be the concrete pad for the utility transformer.



    Technician working on the main switchgear.  Supercharger cabinets are in the background. Pad for utility transformer is in center. Meter cabinet is on the right in foreground.



    Status as of December 2, 2020.

    Update as of December 4, 2020.


    Landscaping going in.



    In the rear are the two Supercharger cabinets. If front of them on the same pad  is the main switchgear.  In the center is the utility transformer pad.  The cabling shown is the secondary 480 volt cable which is connected to the main switchgear.  The empty conduit is awaiting the primary cable to be pulled in by the utility.  The gray box in the upper right corner is the meter cabinet awaiting the utility to install the meter.


    Update as of December 18, 2020.



    This Supercharger Station is operational.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • December 14, 2020 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On November 10, 2020, we were scheduled to have a Virtual Meetup with the management of Tesla Energy in Tampa to discuss Tesla Solar Roof.  However, due last-minute personnel changes in Tampa, management from the Orlando office graciously agreed to substitute.  I was very appreciative that Brock Jamison, General Manager, Energy Operations, and Sean Hirlinger, Associate Manager - Solar Roof, planned to join us on short notice.  To kick things off, we provided them with some questions in advance.


    However, when it came time to have the Video conference, we ran into another hurdle.  We didn't know that the Tesla private network had built-in security which prevented them from accessing Zoom from their network. 

    In true Tesla fashion, Brock and his team figured out a workaround. One of his managers was able to join us with the PowerPoint slides, and Brock phoned in on audio to do most of the discussion.  In addition to Brock and Sean, I want to thank Eric Riffe, Associate Manager, Energy Operations, and Drew Schuler, Technical Training Specialist, for assisting in the questions and answers.

    In response to a question about solar panels during hurricane, the Tesla Energy folks sent me this article:

    Tyndall Air Force Base Proves Solar Not Just For Power Anymore

    There's a link in the article to a short video worth watching.

    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 06, 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for the most current status.

    Lately there have been a number of rumors concerning a future Merritt Island Service Center. That information was confirmed last month when the Florida Regional Service Manager reposted the following LinkedIn posting by a Tesla recruiter.

    So, we knew that a service center was coming to Merritt Island, but we didn’t know where.

    I found a permit application for an alarm system at the former Toyota dealership on Merritt Island in which documents mentioning Tesla are listed.  The location is 1545 E Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island, FL 32952.

    Here's a vicinity map of the location.

    Here's a Google view of the site:


    Here's a photo from the County's Property records.

    Update as of October 23, 2020.


    The Toyota signage has been removed.



    It appears that Tesla will be installing five level 2 Wall Connectors.

    Update as of October 28, 2020.


    Our guess that they would be installing Tesla Wall Connectors was correct.  Here are five.

    Update as of October 29, 2020.


    On the left is a close up of the rear of one of the Tesla Wall Connectors.  Each Connector has a 60 amp disconnect switch which means that these are Gen 3, 48 amp Wall Connectors.  Also note on the right is the front of the Connector and each is enclosed in a plywood box, presumably to prevent public charging.


    Another view of the enclosures around the Wall Connectors.

    Update as of November 1, 2020.

    The next three photos show the new security lighting that has been installed.




    Update as of December 3, 2020.


    This Service Center had a soft opening on November 30, 2020.  It is scheduling service appointments.

     There still isn't any office furniture.  Our club hosted the Regional Service Manager for a Virtual Meetup with our members this week.  He indicated that service operations was a priority but he plans to open sales operations next year.

     


    The Service Center now has five operational Destination Chargers. Please note that these chargers are not for public charging.  They are for the Service Center operations.


     

    Here's a close up of one of the new Gen3 Tesla Wall Connectors with tempered glass faceplate.  They have a maximum capacity of 48 amps and require a Wi-Fi connection to configure them for operation.  Tesla plans to issue a firmware upgrade that will permit up to 16 Gen3 Wall Connectors to share power.


    Tesla Service Van.

    Update as of December 4, 2020.




    It is reported that there are numerous Tesla awaiting service.

    Update as of December 6, 2020.


    More security.

    Note the "X" design.  I wonder if this Model S came from  


    If you live or work in the area, please take some high-resolution photos of the renovation progress and email them to me. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • December 06, 2020 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A reader of our news articles did a bit of detective work searching Brevard County public records. He discovered that Tesla recently submitted a permit application for a new Supercharger Station in Rockledge and passed the information on to me.

    The proposed site is at the Viera Village Center shopping mall located at 5410 Murrell Rd, Rockledge, FL 32955.

    Here’s the permit application:

    You will note that Tesla is proposing an 8-stall Version 3 Supercharger Station.

    Below is a vicinity map:

    The red arrow marks the location of the proposed Supercharger Station in Rockledge.  It nicely splits the distance between the new Titusville Superchargers and the West Melbourne Superchargers to 24 and 19 miles, respectively. The "Coming Soon" Cocoa West Supercharger, which used to be displayed on Tesla's Find Us page, is no longer listed. Its removal is not surprising since it would have been only about 10 miles from this proposed Supercharger Station.



    Above is a Google view of The Village Center parking lot. Based on where the underground utilities are located, I am guessing that the charging stalls will be near the red rectangle. After the permit is issued, that is where I would start looking for signs of breaking ground.  As the project proceeds let's see if my guess is correct. 


    This permit application was submitted on December 1, 2020 and at this time an Electrical Contractor has yet to be assigned to the project. We should not expect any progress until that happens.

    After the permit is approved, if you live or work nearby please visit the site,  take some high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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