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  • February 23, 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    New Delray Beach Service Center

    Tesla opened another, what I call a  “Pop-Up” Service Center at 3000 S Federal Highway, Delray, FL 33483.  This was another pleasant surprise that we weren’t aware of until Tesla informed me of its soft-opening this week.

    This was formerly a Ford and Hyundai Service Center.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 21, 2021 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On February 18, 2021, State Senator Hooper forwarded SB 1276 for new EV Fees to the Transportation, Finance and Tax, and Appropriations Committees. In addition to the existing vehicle registration fee, this bill would impose a $200 EV Registration Fee on Electric Vehicles and a $50 Fee for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles.

    The EV fee would go into effect when Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid vehicles make up 5 percent or more of the total vehicles registered in this state. All the revenue would go to the Transportation Trust Fund. The fees will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

    Senator Hooper's bill would be a more expensive alternative to State Senator Brandes' Senate Bill 140, Fees/Electric Vehicles that was forwarded to the Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations on December 9, 2020.

    Senator Brandes' bill proposes a $135 fee for Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrids be added to the existing vehicle registration fees. It would go into effect on July 1, 2021. The revenue collected via Senate Bill 140 would go to an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program for the first five years, then to the Transportation Trust Fund.  The Grant Program is being proposed by Senator Brandes in companion Senate Bill 138.  The purpose of the Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It will be funded via electric vehicle registration fees plus an initial one-time state amount of $5 million. 

    House Bill 819 is being sponsored by Representatives Learned and Toledo. It is identical to Senate Bill 140.

    House Bill 817 is being sponsored by Representatives Toledo and Plasencia. It is identical to Senate Bill 138.

    Stay tuned for more developments.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 21, 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.

    Update as of February 21, 2021.


    The Saint Petersburg Supercharger Station is operational.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 21, 2021 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This photo was uploaded to the Tesla Motors Club forum. It was taken from a moving car and show the newly opened Fort Lauderdale Service Center.

    Tesla gave us a pleasant surprise by opening a full-service Service Center and Store in Fort Lauderdale under our radar.  It is located at 2829 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306. The location was formerly a Best Buy consumer electronics store.

    Tesla management informs me that this surprise opening is a full opening, not merely a soft-opening.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 21, 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our club members located a Tesla information inquiry with Sarasota County that gives us a clue where the “Coming Soon” Venice Supercharger Station, targeted to open in the first quarter, is likely to be built.

    Here’s a copy of the public information.

    You may recall George Bahadue, Tesla’s Market Lead for Charging Infrastructure, participated in a Virtual Meetup with our club last October. According to the public records in April 2020, he inquired about the permits required to install a Charging Station at 370 Commercial Court, Venice. That address happens to correspond to a BrewBurgers Restaurant.

    Here's a vicinity map:

    The likely location of the "Coming Soon" Venice Supercharger is shown by the red arrow.  Tesla's pin on their Find Us map for this Supercharger is to the left. We need not be concerned that the locations don't match up. Tesla doesn't show the precise locations of its planned Superchargers.  The pin is merely attached to the Venice label on the map.

    As you will note on the 3D Google image below, that BrewBurger's parking lot is somewhat limited.  However, some of us have speculated that the Shell station directly adjacent to BrewBurgers has some idle gas pumps. That area could be an ideal location for a Supercharger Station. This is pure speculation on our part, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for an issued permit.



    Update as of February 21, 2021.


    On February 17, 2021, Tesla's contractor filled a permit application that is under review.  It will be for 8 Version 3 charging posts. The address is for BrewBurgers, so our speculation regarding the adjacent Shell Station appears unfounded.

    Construction won't start until the permit application is approved.  When it is, 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

  • February 20, 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The folks at the Tesla Motors Club forum have provided us with some photos showing that another needed "Coming Soon" Panhandle Supercharger Station is under construction in Crestview. From the photos it appears that there will be 8 Version 3 charging posts.  This 

    The address is 2670 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536.

    Below is a vicinity map.

    The Mobile Alabama Supercharger (not shown) is 107 miles to the west and the Defuniak Springs Supercharger is 32 miles to the east.


    The red rectangle marks the location in the parking lot adjacent to Aspen Dental.


    Tesla's contractor has begun to stage equipment along West Redwood Ave.


    The local utility set a new pole which will be a cable pole feeding underground cable to the transformer powering the Supercharger Station.



    This Google Street view simulates the perspective in the previous photo.  The red markings give a better view of where the eight charging stalls will be located.


    In this image we have zoomed in on a previous photo to show contractors installing the concrete pad and conduit for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.


    The foundations for the charging posts have been installed.


    Updated as of February 10, 2021.



    Transformer installed on the left.



    Supercharger cabinets, switchgear and meter installed.

    Update as of February 17, 2021.


    On February 17, 2021, a Tesla owner uploaded the above photo to Plugshare.com. This Supercharger Station is operational.

    Crestview, FL Supercharger


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 19, 2021 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    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. 

    Update: Well my guess was wrong. Please scroll down for the correct location.

    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.

    Update as of January 25, 2021.

    Permit was issued on January 25, 2021.

    Update as of February 5, 2021.

    Our eagle-eye reader (thanks Mike) who discovered the permit on this Supercharger Station found that construction started and my guess was incorrect.


    My guess was the red rectangle on the left above. The actual location, in the far right corner of the parking, is better.


    Here Mike labels the charging posts that he has seen under construction.

    Interestingly, the original permit was for 8 charging post, but as you will see in subsequent photos, Tesla has delivered 3 Version 3 Superchargers with each powering 4 charging posts.


    Three Version 3 Supercharger cabinets to power 12 charging posts.


    Tesla informs me that they will be installing 12 charging posts. I am guessing that four more charging posts will eventually be added adjacent to the number 8 label show in an earlier image.


    Some of the initial construction of the charging posts.



    Three charging posts with the concrete pad for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear in the background.



    We zoomed in on the concrete pad. It's hard to see, it appears that there are conduits for 3 Supercharger cabinets.

    Update as of February 13, 2021.


    Work has now begun on installing the last four charging posts. Mike has helpfully updated this image to show posts number 9 through 12.



    Here are charging posts 9 through 12, with the concrete pad for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.



    Switchgear to the left with three Version 3 Supercharger cabinets.



    This is the first time I have seen this arrangement with bollards to protect the charging posts set at 90 degrees from a typical orientation.  It looks like a clever idea, but to protect the posts while minimizing the chance of damage to Teslas, I think I would have positioned the bollards up past the curbing and installed some parking bumpers. 


    Pulling in cable from the charging posts to the Supercharger cabinets.

    Update as of February 18, 2021.


    A view of all the charging posts.



    Zooming in on the meter cabinet.  No meter yet and no utility transformer which should be nearby.


    Another view of the charging posts and the meter cabinet to the right. I am guessing that the utility transformer will be installed behind the orange fencing.

    Update as of February 19, 2021.


    This view is across Murrell Road with the Superchargers directly behind. It shows utility markers directly aligned with an existing utility transformer across the street.



    This photo is the same point of view as the previous, but further back to show the excavation adjacent to the Supercharger pad.



    Above is my description of what I think will happen. The existing transformer on the right denotes the location of existing underground high voltage cable.  The utility markers in the previous photo suggests that the utility will be boring under the street to extend the cable to the Supercharger location. The excavation adjacent to the Supercharger pad is the likely location of a future concrete pad for a new transformer to power the Supercharger Station.  So, while the fencing has been removed and to the causal observer this installation looks almost ready, the fact remains that there is a bit more utility work needed.


    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

  • February 13, 2021 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 5, 2021, the Committee on Ways and Means introduced the comprehensive 88-page "Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act of 2021." 

    Section by Section Summary Refer to Subtitle D—Greening the Fleet and Alternative Vehicles

    New Electric Vehicles (Battery Electrics & Plug-In Hybrids)

    The bill extends tax credits of up to $7,500 to purchase new electric vehicles (EVs). It increases the cap from 200,00 to 600,000 for the number of EVs manufacturers can sell before triggering the phaseout of the credit. However, it reduces the amount of credit to $7,000 after the first 200,000 EVs sold. 

    The phaseout period begins during the second calendar quarter after the 600,000-vehicle threshold is reached. At the start of the phaseout period, the credit is reduced by 50 percent for one calendar quarter and then ends. 

    For manufacturers that pass the earlier 200,000-vehicle threshold before the enactment of the bill, the number of vehicles sold between 200,000 and those sold on the date of enactment are excluded in determining when the 600,000-vehicle threshold is reached. This condition applies to General Motors and Tesla. 

    Used Electric Vehicles (Battery Electrics & Plug-In Hybrids)

    The bill creates a new refundable credit for buyers of used EVs from the date of enactment through 2026. Buyers can claim a base credit of $1,250 for the purchase of qualifying used EVs, with additional incentives for battery capacity. 

    The credit is capped at the lesser of $2,500 credit or 30% of the sale price. To qualify for this credit, used EVs must meet the same eligibility requirement as for new EVs per existing IRS provisions. The credit will not exceed a sale price of $25,000 and must be a model year at least two years earlier than the date of sale.

    Buyers with up to $30,000 ($60,000 for married couples filing jointly) in adjusted gross income (AGI) can claim the full amount of the credit. The credit phases out so that buyers with below $40,000 ($70,000 for married couples filing a joint return) in AGI may be eligible for a reduced credit. 

    Buyers must purchase the vehicle from a dealership for personal use and cannot claim the credit more than once every three years. The credit only applies to the first resale of a used EV and includes restrictions on sales between related parties.

    Charging Infrastructure

    The bill extends the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit through 2026. Beginning in 2022, it expands the credit for charging infrastructure by allowing a 20% credit for expenses in excess of $100,000. This provision allows a credit for expenses beyond the current limit if certain requirements are met. To qualify for this uncapped credit, the property must:

    1. be intended for general public use and either accept credit cards as a form of payment or not charge a fee
    2. be intended for exclusive use by government or commercial vehicle fleets.

    Zero-Emission Heavy vehicles and Buses

    The bill creates a manufacturer credit for the sale of zero-emission heavy vehicles starting after the date of enactment through the end of 2026. Eligible manufacturers may claim a credit of 10% of an eligible vehicle's sale price, capped at a credit of $100,000 per sale. To be eligible, vehicles must be for domestic use, weigh no less than 14,000 pounds, must not include an internal combustion engine, and be propelled solely by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery or fuel cell.

    Solar Provisions

    The GREEN Act also includes a five-year extension on the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which significantly promotes the adoption of solar systems. The ITC would be extended at 30% through the end of 2025, then phased down to 26% in 2026, 22% in 2027, and 10%. 

    Moving Forward

    The GREEN Act of 2021 is a crucial piece of legislation that bears watching. This federal bill will have far-reaching effects on electric vehicle and solar adoption. It will accelerate the already robust Florida EV market.  For instance, the passage of this bill would lower the cost of a Model 3 to about $32,000, including destination fees. The bill will have a ripple effect on transportation considerations in Florida and foster a sense of urgency for pending state EV legislation and initiatives. 

    Stay tuned.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 10, 2021 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The Editor for Supercharge.info, the website that tracks the status of Superchargers, has located the permit for a pending Supercharger installations in Miami.

    It is at 959 West Avenue, Miami.  I believe this is likely the "Coming Soon" Supercharger shown on Tesla's Find Us map designated as Miami Beach, FL - South Beach.

    The permits states:

    Tesla is proposing to install their charging station at the existing parking garage. This will include the installation of (9) Tesla charging station cabinets, (18) Tesla charging posts, (9) auto transformers, (1) utility transformer, (2) sub-panels. The auto transformers and sub-panels will be installed within electrical room of garage. Utility transformer will be installed along 10th street.

    Update as of January 18, 2021.



    The permit above was issued on February 21, 2020 and expires on May 19, 2021. Tesla has updated its Find Us page and now designates this location as one of two "Miami Beach Coming Soon" Superchargers with a target opening of first Quarter 2021. Construction has since been proceeding  on the 2nd level of the parking garage at The Shoppes at West Avenue. It passed Public Works Final Inspection on November 20, 2020.

    Update as of February 10, 2021.




    A total of 18 Urban style Supercharger charging posts have been installed on the 2nd level of The Shoppes at West Avenue parking garage via paid access. I believe that the first 30 minutes of parking is free.


    People living or working near The Shoppes at West Avenue are asked to visit the 2nd level of the parking garage and look for 18 Urban style charging posts and 9 Supercharger cabinets.  The entrance to parking is on 10th Street. The main switchgear, utility transformer and meter will be located on the ground floor on 10th Street. If possible, please take some high-resolution photos of both locations, and send them to me.


    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 10, 2021 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  

    Update as of January 17, 2021.

    It appears that work continues on the build-out of the Sales Operations, along with deliveries of new vehicles.



    There is some speculation that these covered Model Ss might be the new refreshed design.

    Update as of January 26, 2021.


    I am informed that the body shop across the street, MITCHCO Collison Repair, is getting Tesla certified.

    Updated February 10, 2021.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Tesla management has requested that we refrain from taking photos on their property after regular business hours. I respectfully ask everyone to comply.  After regular business hours, people on Tesla's property may learn that their photo and vehicle information was forwarded to local law enforcement for follow-up. Please do not enter the service area without being escorted by Tesla employees due to safety and security concerns.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

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