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  • April 16, 2018 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Leilani Munter, Tesla owner, Race Car driver, Environmental Activist; and Loretta Hildalgo Whitesides, co-founder Yuri's Night, author, astrobiologist, Virgin Galactic advisor, and Zero G flight director.

    Florida Tesla Enthusiasts was invited to attend the Yuri’s Night Space Coast 2018  party at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, April 13th.

    This event was sponsored by Yuri’s Night. Yuri's Night is a not-for-profit Space Enthusiasts club. Their mission is to use space to educate, inspire and bring the world a little closer together. Their organization was named after Yuri Gagarin, the first successful human space mission.

    This was their club’s flagship event and is fondly known as the largest space party on and off Earth. 

    The inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy and Elon’s Roadster generated a TON of excitement around space exploration and the advancements of technology, specifically around SpaceX and Tesla. The Yuri’s Night team wanted to capture that energy so they invited us to participate by displaying a Radiant Red Roadster like the one Elon put into Mars - Earth orbit. 

    The party lived up to its reputation.  Here are a few photos:
















  • April 03, 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.

  • March 16, 2018 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!!  

    An educated guess would suggest that these will probably be Urban type Superchargers like those recently installed in the parking garage at the Brickell City Centre.

  • March 11, 2018 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami skyline

    Depending on the property, it can be very difficult for people living in Multi-Unit Dwellings to receive approval from Home Owner Associations (HOAs) or Condominium Associations to install home charging equipment even in dedicated parking spaces.

    There are a few approaches to take. Education of HOAs, Urban Fast Chargers/Superchargers, etc., but we believe that a legislative approach is probably the most direct means of addressing this issue.

    There was a time when people living in Multi-Unit Dwelling couldn’t even install equipment for video reception until a common-sense law was enacted. Likewise, we think that the time has come for a similar fair and common-sense law to be passed dealing with the this charging equipment issue.

    As a starting point, our club prepared draft legislative language to make it easier for condo owners to obtain permission from HOAs or condo associations to install home charging equipment.

    The idea was to require condominium associations to bargain in good faith with the unit owners concerning the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment.

    The unit owners would have to pay for the installation, maintenance, electricity and abide by reasonable architectural standards, etc. However, it would be illegal for the associations to have deeds, covenants, contracts, policies or standards etc., which expressly prohibit, or unreasonably restrict or increase the costs to install or use an electric vehicle charging station.


    State Representative Randy Fine & Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    For the last few months I have been in contact with State Representative Randy Fine. He is a Tesla owner and has personally experienced the problems of installing home charging at a condo that he was living in. He agreed to work with us to pass this type of legislation provided germane pending legislation could be found in which to a sponsor an amendment.



    In January I drove to Tallahassee to present this issue to members of Drive Electric Florida (DEF). Our club is a voting member in DEF. DEF is a coalition of electric vehicle (EV) stakeholder groups representing automakers, utilities, charging infrastructure providers, environmentalists, local government, universities, Clean Cities coalitions and EV enthusiast groups. It seeks to advance the energy, economic and environmental security of the state of Florida by promoting the growth of electric vehicle ownership and accompanying infrastructure.

    This is a very influential group of EV stakeholders and this particular meeting focused on legislative issues which effect EVs.  The DEF member companies sent their respective governmental affairs representatives to attend the session.

    I invited Rep Fine to attend and he provided short, but very meaningful remarks advocating his support of this issue. (Other legislators; State Senator Jeff Brandes and Rep Jason Fisher, were also in attendance, to address other pending EV-related legislation they are sponsoring.)

    During our celebration of the opening of the West Melbourne Superchargers, Representative Fine also discussed the Multi-Unit Dwelling charging issue.  If you have a Facebook account you can view his remarks here.  His remarks start at about 6 minutes 30 seconds into the video. (The video was provided by the Space Coast EV Drivers club.)

    Our club has been working on this issue, on and off, for quite some time. Unfortunately, there has not been much in the way of progress to report, up until now. I am happy to report that we found the appropriate, germane pending legislation upon which to add an amendment.  Representative Fine added language to House Bill 841, Community Associations, to address this issue, and on March 9th the bill passed, as amended, in both the House and Senate.

    As with anything in life, this amendment it is not perfect, but we now finally have a basis to pursue the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment in condominiums without arbitrary or unreasonable restrictions.

    I want to recognize the work done by both Representative Fine and Tesla's Policy and Business Development team working in Tallahassee to provide relief in this important area. 

    In Florida 30% of the residents live in multi-unit dwellings, and in some cities of high electric vehicle adoption the rate can be close to 60%.  As electric vehicles now begin to enter the mass market, this legislation will provide to be essential in maintaining the high rate of EV adoption in the state of Florida, along with the environmental and economic benefits associated with them.

    Update as of March 21, 2018:

    The bill has been signed by the legislative Officers and has been forwarded to the Governor for signature. He has until Thursday, April 5 to act on the bill.

    Update as of March 23, 2018:

    The Governor signed the bill into law!

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • March 04, 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.


  • February 03, 2018 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Department of Motor Vehicles registration data for the third quarter 2017 shows that there were 22,125 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the state.  This total includes both fully battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electrics. Of that total, 8,555, or 39% were Teslas.  There were 36 different types of plug-in vehicles registered in the state.  Here is the ranking of the top 10.

    Vehicle

    Rank

    Number Registered

    %

    Tesla Model S

    1

             6,769

    30.6%

    Chevy Volt

    2

             3,962

    17.9%

    Nissan Leaf

    3

             2,266

    10.2%

    Tesla Model X

    4

             1,725

    7.8%

    Ford Fusion

    5

             1,260

    5.7%

    BMW i3

    6

             1,062

    4.8%

    Ford C-Max

    7

             1,054

    4.8%

    Smart ForTwo

    8

                865

    3.9%

    BMW i8

    9

                571

    2.6%

    Toyota Prius Plug-In

    10

                490

    2.2%

    Other (26 other Plug-Ins)

     

             2,101

    9.5%

    TOTAL

     

          22,125

    100%


    It is interesting to note that despite the cost of Teslas being two to three time the next second and third ranked plug-ins, the Tesla Model S ranked number one in the number of registrations.

  • January 24, 2018 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Club member Jorge Sierra was featured on a guest blog posting on the EVANNEX Tesla News page.  

    Jorge discusses his reactions to the private unveiling of the Model 3 in Florida.

    TESLA HOLDS A PRIVATE EVENT FOR MODEL 3 IN MIAMI


    Jorge also provided us with a video of Francoise Lavertu, Tesla's General Manager addressing those in attendance and providing a little news of "coming soon" developments.


     

  • January 23, 2018 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, Space Coast EV Drivers and the City of West Melbourne partnered to celebrate the opening of the West Melbourne Supercharger Station on January 20, 2018. The event was well-attended with an estimated couple hundred people joining in the celebration. Remarks were provided by Joshua Pritt, President of Space Coast EV Drivers; Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts; Hal Rose, Mayor of West Melbourne; John Tice, Duty Mayor of West Melbourne and State Representative Randy Fine.

    If you have a Facebook account, you can view a Facebook video of the remarks.

    SpaceX employee Ty Morton very graciously provided his Model 3 for display and permitted those in attendance to sit in his car.

    Here are some photos of the event:


    State Representative Randy Fine and Hal Rose, Mayor of West Melbourne


    Joshua Pritt, President of Space Coast EV Drivers & Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


    Hal Rose, Mayor of West Melbourne


    John Tice, Deputy Mayor of West Melbourne



    State Representative Randy Fine


    Brenda Boritzki, on left, is a member of both clubs and was instrumental in organizing this event.  Larry Chanin, on right, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts.


    Some of those in attendance.


    SpaceX employee Ty Morton graciously displayed his Model 3

    Here's a short Facebook video of Ty's reaction to his new Model 3.

    Here's some photos of Ty's Model 3:











  • January 06, 2018 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    An alert member of the Tesla Motors Club forums recently discovered a New Tampa Supercharger Station under construction at the WAWA at 2502 N 50th St, Tampa, FL 33619, located at the corner of Columbus Drive and 50th Street, Tampa about 4 miles from the Tampa Service Center.

    The nearest “Coming Soon” Supercharger Station location according to the Tesla “Find Us” map is the Tampa FL – Hyde Park Station which is targeted for the end of 2018.  Hyde Park is about 6 miles from this location, so it is possible that this may be a new unadvertised station not listed on the Find Us map.

    This will be an 8 stall station.  All the charging terminals are installed as well as the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.  It would appear that the utility power transformer and meter have yet to be installed.

    This photo shows 3 of the 8 charging terminal and the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.

    Public records provide a Photographic Simulation of the site and Tesla construction drawings.

    Here is a portion of the Tesla drawings: (For a full-size image, right-click and open in a separate tab or window.)


    People checking this location for future progress should make a point of taking photos of the area shown on this drawing for the location of the transformer and meter for signs of work. It should be located on the grassy area near the existing storm drain.

    Update as of January 11, 2018:


    Utility transformer and meter cabinet have been set.  After the meter is installed in the meter cabinet the utility should be energizing the transformer.

    Update: As of February 24, 2018

    Although neither the Tesla website or navigation systems show this Supercharger Station as being operational, it has been demonstrated that Tesla owners have been able to charge.  



  • December 31, 2017 4:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Recently a club member located renovations in progress on the old Bob Wilson Dodge location at 11945 North Florida Avenue in Tampa.  It appears to be a new or additional Tampa Service Center nearing completion about 14 miles from the existing Tampa Service Center.  




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