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  • September 22, 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for the most recent updates.

    There has been a lot of recent interest on the subject of an imminent opening of a long-waited Naples Service Center.  In July, Jerome Guillen, President, Automotive at Tesla, got our attention. He posted the following solicitation on LinkedIn asking for suitable spaces for service centers, specifically referencing Naples, Florida.


    Yesterday, after receiving a lot of rumors, I located a building permit for the Naples Service Center.  It is actually in Fort Myers at a former AutoMatch USA location at 8900 Colonial Center Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33905.

    Here is an excerpt of the permit.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The new Service Center is located less than a mile from the Supercharger Station at Dani Dr.

    Update as of September 11, 2020.



    The Service Center doesn't have Tesla signage yet, but it is reported that crews are working inside the facility.

    Update as of September 15, 2020.




    Update as of September 18, 2020.








    Our latest rumor is that they will be open for business on Monday, September 21, 2020.

    Update as of September 20, 2020.

    Our article was referenced by Phil Fernandez with the Naples Daily News.

    In the Know: What's Elon Musk up to in Southwest Florida, your questions and more on eastern Collier development.

    Update as of September 22, 2020.

    The Service Center is now open.


    If you live or work nearby, please send me some high-resolution photos of the the facility.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 21, 2020 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Tesla Find Us map has a “Coming Soon” location named Millenia, FL. Recently we obtained a public document in which Target Corporation gives authorization for Tesla to file Supercharger permit applications on selected Target properties.  One of those Authorized Locations is listed as T1518 Orlando.  That designates the Orlando Millenia Super Target at 4750 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839-2434.

    I haven’t located a permit application yet, but I am speculating that this is a likely location for the planned Millenia FL Supercharger Station.  Pardon the pun, Tesla states "Target opening in 2020."

    Stay tuned.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 21, 2020 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    I found the permit application and Tesla plans for the “Coming Soon” North Naples Supercharger Station noted on Tesla’s Find Us Map. It will be located at the Target at 2415 Tarpon Bay Blvd., Naples FL 34119.


    This will be another Version 3 Supercharger Station with 8 charging terminals.

    Here’s a vicinity map:


    Here’s the precise location at the Target parking lot.

    Here's an excerpt from Tesla's proposed plans. Note that the orientation is with north pointing to the left.


    The permit application appears to still be in planning review and approval and a permit has not yet been issued.

    Therefore, Tesla has not broken ground yet.  People living or working nearby are requested to periodically visit the site.  When construction starts, please take high-resolution photos of the  progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 20, 2020 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has located another active permit application for a future Supercharger Station near Jacksonville. 


    The ID portion of the permit application show that this is a Tesla application and the Electrical Contractor has been selected.


    The Overview portion of the permit application provides a description of the work which is not entirely accurate.  As can been seen, the application calls for two Supercharger cabinets to power 8 charging terminals.  That means that this will be a Version 3 installation.  The description states "INSTALL (8) 120 KW TESLA CHARGING POSTS", but Version 3 charging terminals are rated at 250 kW.

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

    The Supercharger Station will be located at the Winn-Dixie at 703 Chaffee Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32221.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The red arrow shows the location of the future Supercharger Station. To the extreme right is the location of the existing Jacksonville Supercharger Station.



    Here's the Google aerial shot of the Winn-Dixie parking lot. Someone has posted a pin for the future Supercharger, but it doesn't mark the exact location.  

    Update as of September 7, 2020.

    Construction has not only started, but it appears that this Supercharger Station is nearly operational.  


    Here is the precise location of the Supercharger Station in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.  There are five charging stalls located toward the top of the red rectangle with an additional three located on the bottom. 



    This photo was taken north of the site looking south toward the entrance of the parking lot.  The five charging stalls are in the foreground and the three stalls are in the background.


    This image is portion of the previous photo zoomed to show the two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets, the switchgear and utility transformer.

    Update as of September 15, 2020.


    This photo was taken north of the site looking north.

    Update as of September 20, 2020.

    The navigation systems are displaying that this Supercharger Station is partially open. 


    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

  • September 19, 2020 6:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Mary Bonnin of Panama City Beach visited the Busy Bee’s Tesla Supercharging station on Monday to charge her Tesla Model Y. [NATHAN COBB/THE NEW HERALD]

    Club member Mary Bonnin was featured in the article linked below in the Panama City News-Herald.

    Panama City Beach gets its first Tesla supercharging station at newly opened Busy Bee

    I also want to thank Elizabeth Waring, president, and CEO of Busy Bee, for hosting the Supercharger Stations at the Busy Bees at  Panama City Beach and at Live Oak.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • September 19, 2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    I have been looking for a Supercharger Station in Fort Pierce because we discovered a permit application for the Canoe Creek Service Plaza that was incorrectly titled Fort Pierce Service Plaza.  I figured that the application for Canoe Creek may have been cut and pasted from another application. 

    So far, I haven’t found a permit application for the Port St. Lucie – Fort Pierce Service Plaza, but I did locate a permit for a Supercharger Station at a nearby Wawa.  It's address is 5575 Okeechobee Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34947.

    Here's a vicinity map:


    This proposed Supercharger Station is strategically located near the intersections of I-95, the Florida Turnpike and State Road 70 (Okeechobee Rd)

    Here's a Google view of the Wawa parking lot:



    Work has started. It looks like there will be 8 charging terminals.  The four boxes with the arrows pointing upward house two terminals per box.  Based on this photo, I believe that the station will be located in the red rectangle on the previous image. I believe that the Supercharger cabinets will be installed to the extreme left of the photo.


    Those who live or work nearby are asked to periodically visit the location and take high-resolution photos of construction progress when it starts.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 18, 2020 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    One of the members of the Tesla Motors Club forum found a permit application for a Supercharger Station at the Canoe Creek Service Plaza on the Florida Turnpike.  The title of the project is a bit confusing because instead of referencing the Canoe Creek Service Plaza, it names the Fort Pierce Service Plaza. Apparently, some overworked individual cut and pasted information from another document and forgot to edit it.

    Assuming the details are correct, the application indicates that Tesla, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation, plans to install 16 Version 3 charging terminals at the Canoe Creek Service Plaza.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    Here's a Google street view of the Service Plaza:


    I'm guessing that the Supercharger Station will be sited  on the north end of the parking lot.  That would be to the left of this photo.


    If anyone is visiting this service plaza, if you see any signs of construction, please take some high-resolution photos and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 15, 2020 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Club member Pam Vernich and her 92-year-old mom are the owners of the 10th installation of the Tesla Solar Roof tiles on the East Coast of the US. It’s an installation at their farm in Maryland.

    On September 12, 2020, Pam discussed the fun and headaches in being one of the first clients on the East Coast to work with SolarCity / Tesla Energy during the four-year process. The installation went into service this May 2020.

    Pam provided the following Powerpoint presentation:

    Tesla Solar Roof

    Here's some screenshots:

    I want to thank Pam for sharing her solar experience.

    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, a Virtual Meetup, or socially distanced outdoor event, 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

  • September 12, 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This sign was posted at the new construction site for the Port St. Lucie Supercharger Expansion.

    Those old timers among us may remember that the Port St. Lucie Supercharger Station was the first station to open in Florida back in July 2013. At the time, it was a very big deal and Tesla arranged for a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with some dignitaries.

    Here's a photos I pulled from my archives of that momentous event:

    Former State Representative Adam Hasner, former Port St Lucie Mayor, JoAnn Faiella, and former Tesla executive Kevin Kassekert cut the ribbon for the first Supercharger in Florida. The mayor had the foresight to contact Tesla to propose the installation of the station.  In those days virtually no one knew Tesla, what a Supercharger was, and why you would want a station in your community.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for updates.

    Fast-forward almost 7 years and Tesla is expanding the Supercharger Station. Recently a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the beginning of construction.

    We don’t have much information yet, but I did find some public records confirming the expansion.

    Here's a couple of photos:

    Updated as of June 21, 2020.

    There are 6 Supercharging terminals shown in the following photos.  They are located across from the Benjamin Moore Paint store and Moe's Southwest Grill.  


    If it turns out that there are only six terminals, then that would suggest that this will be a version 2 Supercharger Station with three Supercharger cabinets and two terminals per Supercharger.  We will have to wait to see what develops.

    Update as of June 23, 2020.

    The above photo was taken at the existing Supercharger location. It is possible that Tesla will be installing the new Supercharger cabinets, switchgear and new utility transformer to the left of the existing location, or will be enlarging the existing Supercharger enclosure to accommodate more equipment. If so, the conduits may contain high-voltage cables running from the  existing utility transformer to a new second utility transformer to power the expansion.

    Update as of July 5, 2020.


    This photo was taken to the left of the original Supercharger location.  It appears that two more charging terminals are going in at the original location for a total of 10.


    To power the two new terminals, plus the six additional terminal across from the paint store, are four more version 2 Supercharger cabinets.

    Correction: These cabinets are the original version 2 cabinets installed in 2013. My confusion was caused by the removal of the enclosure around them making me erroneously conclude that they were newly installed.

    Update as of July 22, 2020

    One of our readers visited the site and spoke to a Tesla employee monitoring the charger speeds. The employee explained that they have been plagued with problems from the beginning and do not know when they'll be functional. He mentioned that the water table was high, and they're working on it.

    Update as of August 6, 2020.


    This photo is taken from the the back of the existing, operational Superchargers.  It shows the original Supercharger cabinets, on the right, that are powering the existing 8 charging terminals. The gray boxes to the left of the Supercharger cabinets are the original main switchgear, and the green box to the extreme left is the original utility transformer.  All of the this was originally hidden by the white enclosure that can be seen in the first photo.


    This is another view from the rear showing the utility transformer in the foreground on the left, the switchgear and the old version 2 Supercharger cabinets.  

     

    This photo is also from the rear and it is to the right of the previous photos. It shows what appears to be a covered charging terminal on the extreme left.  Again, this is located at the existing Supercharger Station.  You can see the 6 new charging terminals in the background in front of the paint store.

    Update as of September 12, 2020.

    Not much progress has been made, but the following photos provide excellent views of the current situation.


    These are the new charging terminals located across from the paint store. The construction fencing around them has been removed, but as can be seen they are still covered.


    This photo is of the original Supercharger equipment installed in July 2013. The original white enclosure, as seen in the first photo, has been removed.


    Facing the original Supercharger installation, this photo is taken to the left.  It shows one of the original charging terminals is covered and inaccessible due to the expansion construction.  It appears to me that Tesla will be installing two more new charging terminals to the left of the the existing covered terminal. I am guessing that after Tesla overcomes the water table problem that they will install additional new Supercharger equipment in this general area to the left of the existing equipment.


    If you work or live nearby, please 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

  • September 11, 2020 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    One of our observant club members discovered an 8 terminal, version 3, Supercharger Station under construction at the Wawa at 116 N. Highway 27/441, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

    The location is not currently listed on Tesla’s official Find Us page displaying “Coming Soon” Supercharger Stations.

    Here’s a vicinity map:

    The Wawa is located at the intersection of County Road 466 (Lemon St) and US Highway 27/441.  

    Here is a Google street photo of the Wawa.

    I have drawn a red rectangle where I believe the charging spaces are going. The street the photo was taken from is US 27/441. 

    You can see the construction of the 8 charging terminals.  The box on the right is the type of main switchgear that Tesla is currently using.  The distinctive blue fencing is consistent with what Rack Electric uses. They are an electrical contractor that Tesla frequently uses for Supercharger installations.

    Update as of August 14, 2020.


    Progress is being made in pouring the foundations of the 8 charging terminals and installing bollards.


    Some of the signage has been installed.


    Under the tarps and protective tent sits the version 3 Supercharger cabinets.


    Here is a close-up of one of the two Supercharger cabinets.


    Rack Electric, Tesla' electrical contractor, appears to be doing most of Tesla's Supercharger installations in Florida currently.


    Each box contains two version 3 Supercharger charging terminals.


    One of the version 3 Supercharger charging terminals.  The cabling is slightly thinner than the earlier version 2.


    A close-up of the terminal specifications. "RAINPROOF"


    A close-up of the foundation of a charging terminal.

    Update as of August 19, 2020.


    The charging terminals have been installed. It appears that the utility transformer may also have been installed. 

    Update as of August 21, 2020.


    It looks like all the necessary equipment has been installed except the meter. 


    Two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets, the main switchgear and the meter cabinet.



    Version 3 Supercharger cabinet nameplate specifications.



    The utility transformer has been set on pad...


    ...but I don't think the secondary cables have be connected yet.



    The meter cabinet has been installed awaiting the meter.  As you can see from the label, this installation received final electrical inspection yesterday, August 20, 2020. So, we should expect this Supercharger station to be operational any day now.



    Eight Version 3 charging terminals awaiting meter and final check by Tesla contractor prior to being energized.

    Update as of August 25, 2020.


    The power company is working on the connections at the utility transformer. It looks like the secondary cable to the main switchgear has been connected and they are working on the incoming primary connections to the transformer.  The meter cabinet front panel has been removed, but to the left of it we can see the meter ready to be installed. We are very close to be operational.

    Update as of September 11, 2020.

    The Supercharger Station is partially open.


    Although the navigation screen currently display a temporary closure, it has been reported to me that only one of the Superchargers is down.  So, as shown in this photo there are some charging terminals that are operational and some that are covered.


    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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