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  • January 14, 2020 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    On February 14 and 21, 2019 Tesla filed for a permit application for an 8-stall Supercharger Station at the existing Wawa located at 7940 West Irlo Bronson Hwy Kissimmee, FL 34747.  Interestingly this Supercharger Station is not currently shown as "Coming Soon" on the Tesla Find Us map. This will be a Version 2 Supercharger installation.

    For full-sized images, right click on the image and open in a new tab.



    As the vicinity map above shows, the location is near the intersection of route #429 and route #192 and located near many of the Disney World theme parks.  

    The permit is on hold and is awaiting a Notice of Commencement.  It appears that the permitting authority requires a revision to the Site Development Plan before approving the building permit.

    Update as of June 7, 2019.

    The construction permit was issued on June 6, 2019.  We expect Tesla to break ground soon. 

    Update as of September 7, 2019

    Construction started in August, but little progress was made in September.  

    Start of charging terminal installation.

    The utility transformer and the switchgear have been installed.


    Update as of December 7, 2019.


    Four Supercharger Cabinets have been delivered to the site.  This confirms that it is a version 2 Supercharger installation.  The two smaller boxes appear to be autotransformers used to boost the voltage.

    Update as of December 13, 2019.


    The Supercharger Cabinets and autotransformers have been mounted on the concrete pad.

    Update as of December 28, 2019.


    The Supercharger terminals have been installed. 

    Update as of Janaury 6, 2020.

    The chainlink barriers have been removed and hopefully this Supercharger Station will be energized soon.


    The Supercharger Station has not been energized, but everything needed for operation appears to have been installed.

    Update as of January 8, 2020.


    Utility meter installed.



    Regarding this photo: The member of the Tesla Motors Club forum who took the picture reports, "The pedestals are lit up and holding down the button on the gun made the charge door open and then..... Nothing!"

    So, we are very close to this Supercharger Station being energized, but there are still some issues that need to be resolved.

    Update as of January 12, 2020.


    A better view of the main disconnect switch, Supercharger cabinets as autotransformers.

    Update as of January 14, 2020.

    The Kissimmee Supercharger Station is operational!


    Note the green status light.


    Although as of today the Kissimmee Supercharger Station is not displayed on the Find Us map on Tesla's website, more importantly your car's navigation system knows that it is operational.  However, there are really 8 charging terminals, not 5 as the navigation systems shows.



    There are 8 charging terminals at up to 150 kW each.


    Much thanks to those who sent me photos of this installation.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • January 12, 2020 9:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On January 11, 2020, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts (FTE) also known as Tesla Owners Florida, hosted a public Tesla meetup at the Whispering Oaks Winery in Oxford. Also attending were many members of the newly formed local club, The Villages Tesla Owners Group, as well as the public.  We estimate that over 100 people attended and that there were more than 60 Teslas.


    Angelia Link, the organizer of this very successful event, is a resident of The Villages and is one of three Event Coordinators for FTE in the club’s Central Region. The Central Region has over 150 active members. Throughout the state FTE has more than 750 members in five regions. It is the only statewide Tesla club officially recognized by Tesla.


    Event Coordinator Angelia Link from The Villages on the right.  Assisting with our events is our Event Consultant Rachelle Stone on the left.

    Angelia, being a multi-tasker, also volunteered to organize a local group for Tesla owners living in The Villages. If you are an FTE member, living in The Villages, I encourage you to join the local group.  Likewise, if you are a member of the local group, we encourage you to join our statewide club.  Cross pollination is a good thing. (Refer to the links above.)

    Angelia put together an ambitious but well-organized program.

    It included:

    • a Villages club meeting in which, in addition to club business, Angelia asked me to describe the Florida Tesla Enthusiasts club to the local group.
    • a large display of Teslas of all types. We estimate that there were 60 or more Teslas, including a classic Roadster.
    • a meet and greet with the public in which FTE members were available to display their Teslas and answer any questions the public might have.
    • Official representatives from Tesla were available to provide test drives to the public.
    • a tour of the winery.
    • a complimentary glass of wine.
    • a delicious luncheon at a private pavilion.
    • a raffle for door prizes.
    • a presentation by Tesla Energy Advisor, Chris Knowles, discussing Tesla’s Solar Program.

    All-in-all it was a blast!

    About Whispering Oaks Winery

    Whispering Oaks Winery is located on a large farm in the rolling countryside less than 10 miles west of The Villages in Oxford.  They have 40,000 blueberry bushes on the farm and naturally they specialize in producing blueberry wines.

    I want to commend the winery for having installed eight Tesla Connectors as destination chargers. So, if you own a Tesla, the winery’s location is programmed into your navigation system.   

    They offer winery tours, wine tastings and have live entertainment every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

    On Friday and Saturday evenings, a steak dinner is served outdoors on their patio next to their open wood grill and Koi pond.

    As in our case, they cater private parties at their separate pavilion and bar.

    Here are some more photos: 

    (To view a full-size image of any photo in this article, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)


    Working the registration desk to keep things organized.


    As an official sanctioned member of Tesla's Owners Club Program, our club has signed a licensing agreement with Tesla to legally use selected trademarked branding such as the top logo.




    Teslas as far as the eye can see!


    Here I am with my classic Roadster.


    Just kidding, here is the Real owner, Thi. 


    Have you ever heard of a V8 EV?  Well, here it is.


     Whispering Oak Winery  installed 8 Tesla Connectors for charging Tesla vehicles.


    With so many Teslas converging on this location in the county, having multiple Tesla Connectors came in handy.



    Winery tour by the owner Darryl Siemer.


    Live entertainment.



    Chris Knowles, Tesla Energy Advisor, providing a presentation regarding Tesla Solar.


    The next series of photos of smiling faces were taken at our private lunch in the pavilion.

    Event Coordinator Angelia Link addressing the group.

    You gotta start them young. ;-)

    The next series of photos are of the winners of the door prizes.


    Okay, if you are not a member of our club and you had the patience to scroll all the way down this far past all those photos, I feel your pain.  I know it must be like being forced to view your friends photos of their vacation.  :-(

    But, you have to admit that it sure looks like they all had a good time!  So, if you've gotten this far, why not go one step further and go to the top of the page and click on the "Join Us" link so your smiling face can be included in the next article. 

    Regards,

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • January 10, 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Photo credit:  David Lyons/South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for updated information.

    An article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel states that eight version 3 Supercharger terminals are being installed at a Wawa gas station and convenience store at 20 SW 12th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

    Tesla charging stations coming to local Wawa stores

    Here’s a vicinity map. (For a full-sized image, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)


    Interestingly the Tesla Find Us map does not currently list a "Coming Soon" Deerfield Beach Supercharger Station. However, there is a "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station in Boca Raton about four miles away.  So, there is a chance that this installation is the "Boca Raton" Supercharger. 

    Update as of Jauary 10, 2020:

    As of the beginning of 2020, Tesla updated their Find Us map.  There now is a Deerfield Beach "Coming Soon" pin in the map and the Boca Raton pin remains as well. So apparently there are going to be two new Superchargers roughly 5 miles apart.

    I have located an approved permit application that confirms that there will be 8 Supercharger terminals, but the application does not provide details regarding the version of the Supercharger.  The Sun Sentinel reporter of the article linked above informed me that a Wawa corporate representative told him that this will be a version 3 Supercharger installation. We will need photos of the Supercharger cabinets to confirm the version. If there are only two Supercharger cabinets, then this will be a version 3 installation.

    Updated as of December 27, 2019.


    This appears to be a concrete pad for one Supercharger cabinet feeding four charging terminals.

    The white cabinet on the right is the main switchgear.  The concrete pad on the left appears to be for one more Supercharger cabinets feeding four more charging terminals. If there are two pads with a total of two Supercharger cabinets, that would indicated that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.


    This is the concrete pad and conduits for the utility power transformer. 

    People living nearby are encouraged to visit the site occasionally, take high resolution photos of the construction progress, and forward them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • January 07, 2020 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down for the most current information.

    When Tesla's Find Us Map indicated that there would be a "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station at Ochopee along Alligator Alley, we knew that it would be at the Miccosukee Service Plaza, because frankly there's nothing else nearby. 

    Yesterday, I received the photo below, showing what appears to be the construction of the promised Supercharger Station.  My source told me that he had spoken with the the service plaza personnel and they said it was a Supercharger Station that should be completed in a few weeks. Whereas we are virtually certain that this is a Supercharger installation, nevertheless there aren't any Tesla specific markings yet.

    The Miccosukee Service Plaza is located on the Miccosukee Indian reservation. It's address is 47801 W State Rd 84, Ochopee, FL 34141.  It is strategically situated roughly halfway along Alligator Alley (I-75) at exit 49, Snake Road. It's 39 miles from the Plantation Superchargers and 61 miles from the Naples Superchargers.

    Its a basic service plaza with gasoline pumps, store, deli, large restrooms and picnic area.

    Here's a vicinity map. (For a full-sized image, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)

    Update as of November 4, 2019.



    From the above photos we think that there may be 12 charging terminals.  In addition, there appears to be three separate groups of conduits coming up for the Supercharger cabinets.  If this is correct, it would suggest that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.

    Update as of November 12, 2019.

    For a full-size image of the renderings below, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.




    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum posted the above renderings of the future Miccosukee Service Plaza.  At the present we don't have any additional information regarding the expected completion date.  All we currently know is that the renderings were done by Burton Hersh Architects.

    Update as of November 21, 2019.

    Paving has gone in at this Supercharger Station.  These photos confirm that 12 charging terminals are being installed.


    Here I've zoomed in on the Supercharger concrete pads.  I believe that the pad to the left is for 3 Supercharger cabinets.  If so, that would confirm that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.  Each version 3 Supercharger cabinet powers four charging terminals, so three cabinets would handle 12 charging terminals which is consistent with the number of spaces shown in the previous photos. The pad to the right is probably for the main switchgear.

    Update as of December 15, 2019.


    It looks like the three version 3 Supercharger Cabinets have been delivered to the site.  Note that they are larger than version 2 cabinets.


    Updated December 25, 2019.


    Version 3 Supercharger cabinets have been set on the concrete pad.

    Update as of January 7, 2020.


    It look like the utility power transformer has been installed.  It looks huge.  

    If you happen to be traveling along Alligator Alley, please make a point of stopping at exit 49, take some high resolution photos and forwarding them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 21, 2019 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, December 17, 2019 a small group of club members met up at Cob & Pen for a Happy Hour gathering in Lakeland.

    We had a nice meeting over cocktails at the Lakeland Cob & Pen.  We had Jim, Sydney, Larry a Professor at Polk State and his wife, Bob and Rob.  We discussed the new Tesla truck coming out and how great the Tesla cars are.  Jim mentioned how he put in the Tesla solar panels and how well they were working.  He has a cool app to show how the power moves from the panels to the house and to Duke power when he has extra and how it has made his house and car energy independent.   Amazing.  Great time by all.  

    Merry Christmas.  


  • December 14, 2019 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On December 14, 2019, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts had an owner meet up at True Food Kitchen at the St. John’s Town Center in Jacksonville, FL. There were 5 members along with their guests and 6 members of the public with owners coming as far away as Gainesville and Flager Beach. We had 3 model S’s one model X, and 2 performance model 3’s.

    There were discussions about various topics such as recent trips and charging experiences while everyone enjoyed the delicious food from True Food Kitchen.


    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • December 09, 2019 8:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    I want to thank Eugenio Pereira, Event Coordinator, for organizing this event. Below are his observations.


    On Sunday, December 8th, approximately 30 people attended a Club meetup in coordination with the Gainesville Cars and Coffee at the Gainesville Whole Foods. The meetup was a great success with club members arriving from as far away as Sarasota. We had an excellent variety of Tesla Model S, X, 3, and even a beautifully kept Roadster Sport.


    The Roadster was a huge draw, and the owner was very gracious to allow some of the members in attendance to sit in his vehicle. For many this will be a day to remember for having seen such a rare Tesla Roadster in person. We thank all who attended this fantastic event and hope to see you again soon.


    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 08, 2019 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    I want to thank Denise Grant, who is a track instructor and one of our Event Coordinators for organizing this fun event.  Below are her observations.

    WOW…it never gets old!!  We had one first-timer and three veteran racers; all had the same response: “This was really fun, even in my slower Tesla…!”  “It was a ton of fun.”  “Enjoyed the experience and plan on going again!”

    If you’ve never driven a car at speed on a track, …this is next-level fun!  Our cars have an incredible burst of continuous speed, and this can be safely experienced on a track!  For a $20.00 entry fee, the amount of fun far exceeds the cost!


    Our group, Doug Watt and Mo from Punta Gorda, Peter and Susan Grimm from Key West, Justin Horn from Miami, and Denise Grant from Ft Lauderdale met up at 4 pm at Sonny’s BBQ® in Florida City.  After chatting and charging up, we headed over to the track around 6:30 pm.


    We proceeded to “tech” and were assigned our numbers, and got in line to race.  Although we were told that helmets would be needed for glass top cars, that was not the fact.  Both Model 3’s ran without question regarding a helmet.  There were a few other Teslas at the track enjoying traits!


    We also learned a great deal from the other ICE drivers:

    1.     It is better not to keep driving the car while waiting in the line.   Many ICE drivers were pushing their cars to the start line.  So Justin used his Summon to move up thru the line. ;-)

    2.     We noticed a lot of ICE cars with their hoods up for better ventilation, …so I opened my frunk!

    My starts were decent, but with my 60 kWh battery, Peter blew right by, as did Justin!  Still incredibly fun!  Peter bested me with a 7-sec run!  Not too shabby for his first time out in 48 years!

    We’ll definitely be back!


    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • November 25, 2019 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On November 24, 2019, we had a well-attended club luncheon with over 60 club members, their guests, members of the public, and of course about 30 Teslas in the parking lot. We savored the excellent food while enjoying the beautiful surrounding at the Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota.

    Following lunch, Zachary Shanan and David Havasi conducted an informative and delightfully entertaining live podcast in which they discussed the history of Tesla, breaking Tesla news, and invited questions and comments from the audience.

    About Zachary Shahan


    Zach is the director and chief editor of CleanTechnica. He's also the CEO of Important Media. He is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has made presentations about clean technology at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. You can find his work all over the internet, including on Scientific American, Reuters, and several other websites.

    About David Havasi


    David was born and raised in Michigan, the youngest son of a "Big Three" auto executive and a teacher, his childhood was immersed in Detroit's rich auto culture. Being both a performance car enthusiast and environmentalist, he had long felt the need to reconcile his love for cars with their negative affect on the environment. David was a member of the Tesla team for almost seven years and served in several roles while helping develop Tesla's sales/delivery presence in the Northeast and Florida.

    Below is a link to a CleanTechnica article that discusses our event.  For those who couldn't join us, it also provides links to more lenghty videos/podcasts from their new Tesla Inside Out series that feature Zach and David. 

    Live Tesla Inside Out Podcast — November 24 in Sarasota, Florida

    Here are some photos from our event:



    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • November 22, 2019 12:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Mr and Mrs T, describing their world travel via Teslas

    On November 17th, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts members Jean Labrosse & Manon Belisle hosted “A Special Afternoon with Mr & Mrs T on Tour” at their home in Weston. Ralf Schwesinger and Nicole Wanner (aka Mr & Mrs T) are traveling the world in Teslas, sharing inspiration and supporting the mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Their journey has taken them from the heart of Switzerland around the globe, traveling Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and North America, and now to South Florida. They want to discover and share the beauty of our planet and inspire more people to protect it.

    Ralf and Nicole are using their experiences to publish the first EV travel guide, focusing on sustainable destinations with EV charging available. They spoke to the group about their journey and how each person can “do something” rather than try to be perfect, and it can certainly make a difference. Everyone was very interested in their mission, enjoyed hearing about their trip and had a good time socializing after they spoke.


    There was a nice local turnout for this interesting private club event.

    The first edition of the book, The Ultimate EV Travel Guide for Europe, should be available soon in German and English. The US edition will follow at a later date. To read more about their travels, or to purchase the EV travel guide, please visit their website Mr & Mrs T on Tour.


    Nicole Wanner and Ralf Schwesinger (aka Mr & Mrs T) from Baden, Switzerland.

    Special thanks to Jean and Manon for hosting the event and to Ralf and Nicole for sharing their experiences with the group.


    Jean Labrosse & Manon Belisle, Nicole Wanner & Ralf Schwesinger, and Denise & Craig Powell. 


    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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