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  • June 22, 2018 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum has discovered the location of the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station at Tampa - Hyde Park.  In searching the online permit records for the City of Tampa he was successful in locating a building permit for a 10 stall Supercharger Station to be located in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie supermarket at 2100 W Swann Ave, Tampa

    Below is a vicinity map.  It is located near the Selmon Crosstown Expressway and about 5 miles south of I-275.

    Based on the plans submitted by Tesla for the permit, the red rectangle in the Google street view below of the Winn-Dixie parking shows where the charging stalls will be located.

    Based on the permit notes it appears that the construction plans have been approved, a building permit was issued on May 31st, 2018 and the project has just begun to enter the inspection phase. 

    Update as of June 14, 2018.

    Construction has started in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.

    Update as of June 21, 2018.

    Construction is coming along nicely the 5-Supercharger Cabinets and high voltage switchgear have been installed and 8 of the planned 10 charging terminals have been set.

    If you live in the area, please periodically visit the location and send me some high resolution photos as the construction progresses.  

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
  • June 20, 2018 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As you may be aware, the Tesla Find Us web page has listed a “Coming Soon” Gainesville Supercharger Station for some time now. 

    For those of you that live near Gainesville, please keep a lookout for Supercharger construction activity at Butler Town Center in Gainesville.  We have received credible, but unsubstantiated reports, that the future Gainesville Supercharger Station may be located there.

    Butler Town Center is currently under construction. It is comprised of Butler Plaza and Butler North which are existing huge shopping areas that are strategically located right off of I-75. One of the new expansions is a Whole Foods grocery store which is due to open this month.  As you may know, there has been a recent trend for Supercharger Stations to be sited near Whole Foods locations. 

    In attempting to confirm our suspicions that Butler Town Center might be the location of a new Supercharger Station, one of the members of the Tesla Motors Club forums contacted the mall management and received the following response:

    While we can’t confirm the details, we are working with a charging station company to install stations at Butler since it is right off the busiest interstate exit in Gainesville—we too feel it’s a great fit! We can confirm however that Whole Foods has added car charging stations to their parking lot—which will charge any brand of car (technically—but maybe slow for Teslas).

    We will be releasing all the details soon once the arrangement is fully finalized.”

    Here’s a map of the location:

    Update as of May 7, 2018:

    I had a Facebook messenger exchange with Butler management. In response to my inquiry about the number of chargers at Whole Foods, their response was:

    Shop at Butler Whole Foods has installed two electric car charging stations, and more announcements to come!

    I believe that the "more announcements to come!" remark is likely to be an announcement about the Superchargers. It is Tesla's practice to ask their host locations not to reveal or confirm Supercharger locations until the installation is operational. So we shouldn't be unduly disappointed if the Butler folks couldn't expressly state that a Supercharger Station is coming. The fact that they consistently state that there are more announcements or more details coming, to me is a very good sign.

    Update as of June 18, 2018.

    One of our club members has located the official permit. As you can see the permit was filed on June 1, 2018 and is for a 10 terminal Supercharger Station at the 3217 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, which is the main address for Butler Plaza North Town Center.  

    Update as of June 20, 2018:

    It will take a while to go through the permitting process before they break ground.  However, when they do, for those living nearby, please check the parking lot east of the Bonefish Grill (in the red area of the map above) for signs of construction and send me high resolution photos of the progress.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 19, 2018 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New Fort Meyers Supercharger Station is under construction. The building in the background under construction is the new J&R Crab Seafood Restaurant.

    Please make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article for periodic updates.

    A member of the SWFL EV Owners club has discovered the location of the “Coming Soon” Fort Myers Supercharger location. (This is a different location than the existing Fort Myers Supercharger Station located at Gulf Coast Town Center.) This new location is in the Colonial Square Mall. The Supercharger terminals are across Dani Dr from the Pollo Tropical.  There are currently (June 15th, 2018) 13 terminals installed and they are adjacent to the new J&C Crab Seafood Restaurant. 

    Below is a vicinity map.  As you can see it is just off of exit 136 of I-75 not far from the intersection of 6 Mile Cypress Parkway and Colonial Boulevard.

    Update as of June 19, 2018.

    The SWFL EV Owners provided a  photo and a video showing that there will be 14 Supercharging terminals at this new Fort Myers location.

    If you have a Facebook account you can view the video linked below:

    The following image of 7 Supercharger Cabinets confirms that there will be a total of 14 charging terminals. 

  • June 18, 2018 7:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some of the 20 Supercharger terminals at the Sarasota Supercharger Station. 

    Tesla owners in Florida are fortunate to have an abundance of Supercharger Stations. With 25 operating Supercharger Stations, Florida is ranked third in the nation behind California and Texas. Those 25 stations provide access to 231 individual Direct Current Fast Charging terminals that can charge at over 300 miles of range per hour. 

    As Tesla continues to aggressively expand the number of Supercharger Stations in the Florida network, the size of many of these newer stations is also growing impressively.  For instance, whereas the first Supercharger Station in the state had 8 charging terminals, last September Tesla built a Supercharger Station in Sarasota with 20 – 120 kW terminals. 

    Tesla has also introduced a new type of Urban Supercharger terminal. Designed for tight city locations the Urban Superchargers have a more compact design than the original Superchargers and they are deployed in even greater numbers.  For example, the new Urban Supercharger Station that recently went operational in Aventura Mall has 35 – 72 kW terminals. 

    Some of the 35 Urban Supercharger terminals in the garage at Aventura Mall.

    Below is a comprehensive table listing the locations of all of the 33 “Coming Soon” Supercharger Stations. 23 are planned for 2018 and 10 2019 for Florida.  In addition, the table lists all 25 of the operating Supercharger Stations. For the operating stations, click the link to the name of the station for a description of the amenities available nearby.  In the comments section of the table are links to our articles discussing those "Coming Soon" locations that we have discovered to date. 

    Supercharger Station Terminals kW Status Comment
    Destin     Open 2018  
    Jacksonville     Open 2018  
    Gainesville     Open 2018 Confirmed the location of the “Coming Soon” Gainesville Supercharger Station will be at Butler Town Center (Public)
    Altamont Springs     Open 2018 Construction has Started on the Altamonte Springs Supercharger Station (Public) 
    Celebration     Open 2018  
    Tampa, FL - Wesley Chapel     Open 2018  
    Tampa, FL - Clear Water     Open 2018  
    Lakeland     Open 2018  
    Tampa, FL - Hyde Park     Open 2018 "Coming Soon" Supercharger at Tampa-Hyde Park located (Public) 
    Yeehaw Junction     Open 2018  
    West Palm Beach     Open 2018  
    Fort Myers     Open 2018 “Coming Soon” Fort Myers Supercharger location found under construction (Public)
    Delray Beach     Open 2018  
    Boca Raton     Open 2018  
    North Naples     Open 2018  
    Weston     Open 2018  
    Pembroke Pines     Open 2018 Found Pembroke Pines, "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station Location (Public) 
    Riverside Park     Open 2018  
    Hollywood     Open 2018  
    Miami Beach, FL - Bal Harbour     Open 2018  
    Miami, FL - Wynwood     Open 2018  
    Miami Beach, FL - South Beach     Open 2018  
    Miami, FL - Coral Gables     Open 2018  
    Pensacola     Open 2019  
    Palm Coast     Open 2019  
    Winter Park     Open 2019  
    Union Park     Open 2019  
    Winger Garden     Open 2019  
    Millenia     Open 2019  
    Cocoa West     Open 2019  
    Beach Park     Open 2019  
    Ochopee, FL (Alligator Alley)     Open 2019 At Ochopee on Alligator Alley the only suitable location is the Miccosukee Service Plaza.
    Key West     Open 2019  
    DeFuniak Springs  5 120 Operational  
    Tallahassee 6 120 Operational  
    Live Oak 12 120 Operational  
    Lake City 6 120 Operational  
    St. Augustine 6 120 Operational  
    Ocala 8 120 Operational  
    Port Orange 6 120 Operational  
    Turkey Lake 6 120 Operational  
    Orlando, FL - W. Sand Lake Rd 8 120 Operational  
    Tampa -Wawa 8 120 Operational  
    Brandon 8 120 Operational  
    Pinellas Park 8 120 Operational  
    West Melbourne 8 120 Operational  
    Fort Drum 6 120 Operational  
    Sarasota 20 120 Operational  
    Port St. Lucie 8 120 Operational  
    West Palm Beach 8 120 Operational  
    Fort Myers 8 120 Operational  
    Naples 8 120 Operational  
    Plantation 8 120 Operational Existing Plantation Supercharger Station is undergoing an expansion. (Public)
    Aventura 35 72 Operational  
    Miami, FL - SW 8th Street  10 72 Operational  
    Miami, FL - SW 7th Street  13 72 Operational  
    Florida City 8 120 Operational  
    Marathon 4 120 Operational  

    Update as of June 15, 2018:

    New Fort Myers Supercharger Station located, table updated.

    Existing Plantation Supercharger Station is undergoing an expansion. 

    Update as of June 18, 2018:

    Permits located for "Coming Soon" Gainesville Supercharger Station. It will be located at the Butler Plaza North Town Center and will have 10 charging terminals.  

    Please be on the lookout for signs of construction at the listed “Coming Soon” locations.  If you spot any construction activity that looks like a Supercharger installation, please send me some high resolution photos.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 15, 2018 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It appears that Tesla is adding 8 additional charging terminals to the existing Plantation Supercharger Station.  

  • June 01, 2018 7:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Image result for model 3

    This article has been updated to reflect current sales data.

    In Tesla’s first quarter 2018 SEC 10-Q report they stated, “…under current regulations, a $7,500 federal tax credit available in the U.S. for the purchase of qualified electric vehicles with at least 17 kWh of battery capacity, such as our vehicles, will begin to phase out over time with respect to any vehicles delivered in the second calendar quarter following the quarter in which we deliver our 200,000th qualifying vehicle in the U.S. We currently expect such 200,000th qualifying delivery to occur at some point during 2018."

    So the big question is, "In which quarter will Tesla reach that 200,000th qualifying vehicle in the US?"

    Where do we stand as of the end of May 2018?

    The table below shows the total history of Tesla sales in the U.S. through the end of May 2018:

      Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010-2011 Grand Total
    Model 3  1,875  2,485    3,820  3,875  6,250    1,722         -           -           -           -         -          -      20,027
    Model S     800  1,125    3,375  1,250  1,520  27,060  28,896  25,202  16,689  17,650  2,650        -    126,217
    Model X     700     975    2,825  1,025  1,450  21,315  18,223       214         -           -         -          -      46,727
    Roadster       -         -           -         -         -           -           -           -           -           -         -        815        815
    TOTAL  3,375  4,585  10,020  6,150  9,220  50,097  47,119  25,416  16,689  17,650  2,650      815  193,786

    The source of these sales numbers are from InsideEV with the exception of the number of Roadsters sold in the U.S.  

    According to IRS regulations, "The credit begins to phase out for a manufacturer’s vehicles when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles have been sold for use in the United States (determined on a cumulative basis for sales after December 31, 2009).” I estimate that Tesla sold about 815 Roadsters in the US after December 31, 2009.  (Please refer to the footnote below for a derivation of that estimate.)

    In reviewing the above chart, Tesla is only about 6,200 EVs away from hitting the 200,000 tax credit phase out trigger.  Even if Tesla were to freeze its U.S. production rate at the May level of about 9,220 total EVs per month, they would still hit the phase out trigger at about the third week in June unless Tesla were to shift a significant number of deliveries to Canada. If they do not shift enough deliveries and the phase out trigger is hit in June, then tax credits would be reduced by half starting in October, 2018.   

    Will Tesla shift deliveries to Canada to prolong the US tax credit?

    Although Tesla has not responded to recent inquiries on this subject, back on April 3, 2016 Elon provided a tweet that hints at Tesla’s thinking on the subject of delaying hitting the 200,000 mark:

    Now, according to the article linked below from Electrek, that is precisely what Tesla is doing.

    Tesla sent out a massive Model 3 shipment to Canada as some US deliveries get delayed

    From the article:

    "Tesla is evidently starting Model 3 deliveries in Canada in a massive way with large shipments being spotted throughout the country including one with an estimated 1,000 Model 3 vehicles in Toronto.

    The massive volume in Canada is coming as Tesla delayed some Model 3 deliveries in the US.

    In March, Tesla sent a huge first batch of invites to Canadian reservation holders."

    If Tesla can temporarily redirect a few thousand Model 3 deliveries to Canada during June and delay hitting the phase out trigger until July, the beginning of a quarter, then the full tax credit could be extended by another three months.

    Furthermore, there is no limit on the number of cars that would qualify for the full tax credit during the phase out period.  So shifting U.S. deliveries to achieve hitting the trigger at the beginning of a quarter would result in more people getting the credit since Tesla is still ramping up production and therefore will be producing Model 3s at a much higher rate in the third quarter than in the second quarter.

    How Fast Will Tesla be Producing Model 3s?

    Bloomberg has a tracking system  that estimates Model 3 U.S. sales. During May Bloomberg estimated that Tesla momentarily hit a weekly production rate at over 3500. However, as of May 31, 2018 they estimate that Tesla was producing at about 1,400 per week.  From the InsideEV's May sales estimates, we can see that Tesla averaged at over 1,500 per week. 

    Elon has plans for much higher production levels.  In an internal memo to employees sent in mid-April, Elon stated that he expected weekly production rates in May to be between 3000 to 4000 per week, and between 5000 to 6000 per week in June. This hopefully will be achieved by a comprehensive set of production line upgrades and shifting to 24/7 operations. 

    Whereas, it can be seen that Tesla momentarily hit their target rate for a week in May, that rate was not be sustained for the entire month.  

    My Best Guess

    Whereas the estimated May Model 3 sales rate broke all Tesla records, it was nevertheless lower than Elon had hoped for.  However, this temporary delay in the production ramp-up does have a silver lining in that it will assist in delaying hitting the phase out trigger.  This coupled with the fact that Tesla has begun to significantly shift deliveries to Canada increases the chances of hitting the trigger in July at the beginning of a quarter.  At that time, I have confidence that Tesla will be delivering at a total combined US and Canadian rate close to the planned rate of over 5000 Model 3s per week and that the full $7,500 tax credit will be available until the end of 2018.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

     Footnote: Derivation of Roadster estimate:

    Based on information provided on the Tesla Motors Club forum, a total of approximately 1464 Roadsters were sold in North America since the beginning of production in 2008 until the end of 2011. Likewise, an additional 780 Roadsters were sold in Europe and Asia during this period.  So ignoring Canadian sales as de minimis, about 65% of total global sales were in the U.S.  According to Tesla's 2012 SEC 10-K report, production of the Roadster ended in January 2012 and was no longer available for sale the in the U.S. after December 2011.  In addition, according to a Tesla press release, in January 2010 Tesla displayed it's 1000th Roadster at the North American International Auto Show. We can estimate of that  of that total of 1000 Roadsters, about 650 were sold in the USA before December 31, 2009. Therefore, we can subtract the 650 from the total Roadsters delivered in the U.S. between 2008 and 2011 (1464) to arrive at about 815 Roadsters delivered in the U.S. after December 31, 2009. 

  • May 31, 2018 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Site Map of Renaissance Centre, location of new Supercharger Station in Altamonte Springs under construction.

    Back in August 2017 the following was reported on Facebook, “Altamonte Springs GMD (Growth Management Department) county official confirms location in Renaissance shopping center near Whole Foods!!!! However, while expected to be approved, it hasn't been approved yet due to landscaping delay. They said "3 weeks is very optimistic". When asked if it will be before end of year, "probably the approval".

    Since then there had been no activity until last week when the following photo was posted on Facebook demonstrating that construction has started next to the Ulta Store at Renaissance Centre in Altamonte Springs.

    This Site Inspection Record clearly describes Tesla Charging Stations which correspond to Tesla's Find Us web page listing an Altamont Springs, FL "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station.

    As of March 6, 2018:

    This recent photo shows that there will be 8 charging stalls.

    Update as of March 30, 2018.

    Charging terminals installed, but still covered.

    Update as of April 29, 2018:

    Recent photos suggest that the Tesla contractor has completed its portion of the work, but so far no one has seen signs of any utility work such as power transformer, cable pole, meter cabinet, etc.  Below are photos of the enclosure  housing the 4 Tesla Supercharger Cabinets and the 2 high voltage switchgear cabinets. 


    Update as of May 31, 2018.

    On May 26, 2018 it was reported on the Tesla Motors Club forum that the Superchargers were working even though the station was not listed as operational on the Tesla website.  It was also reported that the charging parking spaces were heavily ICEd.  It was noted that Tesla had not yet installed any signage.  Shortly afterward the power to the Supercharger Station was disconnected. 

    Above photo show severe ICEing presumably resulting from the absence of Tesla signage.

    One of our club members visited the station and spoke to a Tesla technician on site. The technician stated that the power was being disconnected due to technicalities related to permitting from the City.  Subsequently,  a local resident brought the situation to the attention of the Altamonte Springs local government and received the following email from the Assistant to the City Manager. (For a full-sized version of the email below, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)

    The initial response from the City is not encouraging and suggests that there may never be Tesla signage limiting general parking unless their position changes.  I have sent an email to the Tesla Manager responsible for Charging Infrastructure describing the issue and requesting feedback.  I have not yet received a response.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • May 31, 2018 5:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vicinity map of Cobblestone Plaza, likely location of Pembroke Pines Supercharger Station with 16 Charging Terminals

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum recently discovered a permit for a "Tesla Charging Station" submitted on March 22, 2018 to the City of Pembroke Pines.  The address of the location is 14916 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines which corresponds to a Chase Bank in the Cobblestone Plaza Shopping Mall.  

    On this site plan the Chase Bank is located in the center of the property. Also located on the property is a Whole Foods grocery store.  Tesla seems to have an arrangement with Whole Foods in that lately Supercharger Stations are frequently sited near their grocery stores. [For a full-sized image, right click and open in a new tab.]

    The Tesla website's Find Us map lists a Pembroke Pines "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station targeted for the end of this year.  The vicinity map above of the Cobblestone Plaza shows that it is strategically located right off of I-75.

    Although the permit information doesn't explicitly use the words Supercharger Station, the language virtually confirms that this is a Supercharger Station with a mention of transformers, control panels, multiple charging stations, fault current, service equipment and control cabinets.  It also mentions 16 "charging posts".  As a result we are very confident that this is the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station.

    Apparently the permitting folks need more information from Tesla's Electrical Contractor and have denied the electrical application until it is forthcoming.

    Update as of May 31, 2018.

    Tesla's civil engineering plans were approved on May 31, 2018.

  • May 31, 2018 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The "Coming Soon" Miami - Brickell Supercharger Station has been located by a member of the Tesla Motor Club forum and he reports that there are 25 charging stalls.  THEY ARE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

    He reports that it is in  "the lower level of the Brickell City Centre underground parking garage in lots A2 (10 chargers below Saks 5th Ave) and C2 (15 chargers north side of the garage). Parking is free for the initial 2 hours in this garage. The electrician I spoke with working on the installation estimated they’d be ready in a month.

    This is a great location for people living/working in Brickell/downtown Miami, but visitors will have a hard time finding them. This garage is huge, so it’s unlikely there will be de-ICEing issues with these."

    Here's the vicinity: (For a full size view, right-click image and open it in a separate tab or window.)

    This is the first urban Supercharger location in Florida and appears to have a total of 25 charging stalls. Urban Superchargers have a lower capacity than Superchargers located along major highways, 72 kW versus 120 kW. 

    Here's some additional photos that he took.

    Update as of December 2, 2017.  

    One of our club members reports the following progress:

    The cabinets for the 10 chargers below Saks on level A2 are in place. The cables have not been installed although they are all present. All the equipment is physically installed but not connected. The site is not directly visible since it is covered with protective screening. I went behind, but could not take photos because my guide was exceedingly nervous that i was there at all.

    The 13 cabinets on C2, Aisle 10 are being wired right now. there were several electricians working connecting the wiring. They would not allow photos either. They did say they expected to complete their work on both sides before December 15, including inspections after which FPL still must complete their connection and turn on power. The electricians said they and Swire Group (Brickell City Center is theirs) were intent on having them all working before Christmas.

    Update as of December 30, 2017.

    Despite the Tesla website showing an opening at the end of 2018, a recent photo shows that the A2 level looks to be nearing completion.

    Update as of March 15, 2018

    Current reports indicate that there are 10 Urban Type (72 kW) Supercharger stalls under construction on the A2 level of the parking garage and 13 on the C2 level. (Not 15 as previously reported.)

    The Tesla website and the navigation systems in the Tesla fleet show that 13 Supercharger stall are now operational, indicating that the stalls are on the C2 level.  

    Tesla is now referring to this location as Miami, FL - SW 7th Street,  rather than Miami, FL - Brickell.

    Today a member on the Tesla Motors Club forum confirmed that the  13 Superchargers were operational and provided the following photo.

    Presumably the remain 10 stalls will be energized at a later date.

    Please note the green light on the charging port and the Urban style charging stall.

    Update as of May 31, 2018.

    The remaining 10 Urban Style Supercharger terminals have been energized.  Tesla now refers to this location as Miami - SW 8th St.

  • May 17, 2018 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Scroll down for updates to the original article.

    In a previous news article we reported that we believed that the Aventura Supercharger originally planned for 2017, now by the end of 2018, would be going in the new Parking Garage that was recently built as part of the new expansion at Aventura Mall.

    Rendering of new expansion of Aventura Mall. We believe that a Supercharger Station may be located in the parking garage on the right. 

    Yesterday a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum confirmed that information.  Here is his report:

    “I found the Aventura Mall Superchargers being installed in the bottom of the new mall garage built near the newly relocated Tesla store in the mall. They will be tucked away in a below grade ramp that’s somewhat hidden (good for de-iceing issues). It’s in the early stages of running conduits, but they have all the equipment onsite.”

    We will follow developments and provide a photo when it is available.

    Update as of March 27, 2018.

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum took the above photo in the new parking garage at Aventura Mall.  He noted 20 "white boxes" which are Supercharger Cabinets.  This means that this location will have 40 charging stalls!!  

    Update as of April 22, 2018:

    Photos posted on the Tesla Motors Club forum confirm that this will be an Urban Supercharger Station.  There appears to be two sets of 20 charging terminals currently installed.  Here's one bank of 20 terminals.

    Here's  one of two rows of  20 Urban Supercharger charging terminals.  On the extreme right you can see some of the Supercharger Cabinets.

    Update as of May 17, 2018:

    35 Urban Supercharger terminals are operational as of May 17, 2018.

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