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  • November 14, 2019 6:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down for updates.

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered a permit application for what looks to be the “Coming Soon” Clearwater Supercharger as listed on Tesla’s Find Us map. The permit was issued on October 9, 2019.

    The site address is 26508 US Highway 19 North, which appears to be a Wawa convenience store and gas station.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    You will notice from the excerpt of the permit application reproducted above, that the project description is:

    Installation of Tesla Charging Station within existing parking lot consisting of (2) TESLA V3 SUPERCHARGER CABINETS, (8) TESLA V3 CHARGE POSTS, (1) MASTER CONTROLLER, (1) SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY, and (1) UTILITY TRANSFORMER. Two concrete pads will be poured for equipment. 

    So it appears that this will be a Version 3.0 Supercharger. Version 3.0 Supercharger Cabinets are rated 1 MW each and will power four Supercharger terminals at up to 250 kW each.


    Update as of November 5, 2019.

    Construction has started on the Clearwater Supercharger Station.


    Tesla certified contractor is on the case.

    Update as of November 9, 2019.

    Conduits being installed

    Update as of November 12, 2019.


    Some of the charging terminal under construction.


    More progress on the conduit installation.

    Update as of November 14, 2019.


    More progress on charging terminals.


    Waiting on version 3 Supercharger Cabinets.


    This is where the utility transformer will go.


    People living nearby are encouraged to visit the site occasionally, take high resolution photos of the construction progress, and forward them to me. After the construction progresses a bit, please be on the look out for two Supercharger Cabinets that look something like this.



    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • November 12, 2019 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.


    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

  • November 08, 2019 1:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    One of our club members, thanks Ray, discovered the location of the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station for Coral Gables as listed on Tesla's Find Us map.  Technically it's in Miami about 1.5 miles from Coral Gables. It's located at a Wawa convenience store and gas station at 6971 SW 24th St, Miami, FL 33155.

    Here's a vicinity map.  You'll notice that its not too far from the Tesla Coral Gables Service Center and the Miami - Dadeland Tesla Store.

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

    Here's a photo of the charging terminals under construction. There are a total of eight. They have a separate Coral Way entrance and exit from the rest of the store and they are located so as to minimize any chance of unintentional Icing.

    We haven't yet been able to locate the permit to get a better idea of whether or not this will be a version 3 Supercharger installation.

    Update as of October 23, 2019.

    Above is the main switchgear. 


    This appears to be the location were Tesla would set its Supercharger Cabinets. Unless there is another concrete pad with more conduits, it looks like that there are only two Supercharger Cabinets for 8 charging terminals. If true, that would suggest that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.

    Update as of November 8, 2019.


    This photo shows the utility transformer in green to the center right.  I'm not sure if the green box to the left is also a utility 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

  • October 26, 2019 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please scroll to the end for current information.

    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.  


    Update May 1, 2018.

    One of our club members located the following information from Tesla's Building Contractor, Scherer Construction.  This status appears to be as of May 1, 2018.  Their posted completion date of Summer 2018 appears to be optimistic.  Our best information suggests it will be ready no earlier than October, 2018 or it may even open next year.

    "The new Tesla Dealership is a repurpose of an existing auto dealership and 384 parking space garage with an office space. With only a building slab remaining, demolition of the slab and utilities were completed and the new dealership footprint installed. This project has been broken up into two phases. The first phase was the renovation of the parking garage in which all new electrical, paint, structural repairs, and replacement of the elevator was completed. In addition, the 8,000
    square foot interior office space which will be used for vehicle delivery was also completed. The second phase is a new 30,000 square foot dealership and service center. The structure is made of tilt wall panels and will include 6 large overhead bay doors for the service center."

    Here's their most recent aerial photo as of May 1, 2018.

    Update as of July 12, 2018.


    Upate as of October 3, 2019.

    As you may know, the new Tampa Service Center on North Florida Avenue has been handling deliveries for a while.  However, recently we received a credible rumor that the maintenance section of the facility is expected to open next month. 

    Here's some recent photos of current operations:

    Update as of October 20, 2019.

    It is being reported on the Tesla Motors Club forum that a Tesla owner has received a service confirmation for the first week in November.  So, if the maintenance functions haven't already been initiated at the new Tampa Service Center, they should be by early November.

    Update as of 3:30 pm.

    In response to our earlier update, I am informed that a club member received an email from Tesla stating that they will be moving to the new Tampa Service Center as of November 1, 2019.

    Update as of October 26, 2019.

    These recent photos provided by a club member show that the Service Center and Store is pretty much ready to go.

    The Store.


    The above two photos show that there is ample space for service.

    In addition to the several Wall Connectors shown in a previous photo, this photo shows what appears to be a Version 2 Supercharger. (An Urban Supercharger would only have one charging cable, a Version 3 would have four charging cables. This has two which is consistant with a Version 2.)

  • October 10, 2019 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    During the weekend of October 4, 2019, forty-three club members and their guests had a fabulous time at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas, and Marina located on Duck Key in the Middle Florida Keys. This 60-acre, tropical paradise is truly a unique resort with: 

    • Five Pools & Saltwater Lagoon
    • Dolphin Connection™
    • Beach Sunbathing alongside the Lagoon
    • Award-Winning Calm Waters Spa
    • Full-Service Marina with 85 Boat Slips
    • Offshore & Inshore Fishing Charters
    • Certified & Licensed Dive, Snuba™ & Snorkel Trips
    • 8 Tennis Courts Fitness Center
    • Water Sports, including Kiteboarding, Kayaking, & Parasailing
    • Island Segway Tours
    • Coral Cay Activities and Adventures

    The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed a few planned group events as well as some impromptu events. On Friday we gathered at the Tiki Grill Bar for some libations followed by a beautiful sunset cruise. On Saturday we had a private group dinner at the Angler & Ale restaurant at the marina. The food, drinks, and service were excellent. We also had a few impromptu dinners in Marathon and meet-ups at the various resort venues.

    Many thanks go to Rachelle Stone for doing the bulk of the coordinating with the resort.

    Here are photos featuring a lot of smiling faces: 

    The Tiki Grill Bar was a frequent watering hole and we kicked off and closed the weekend event there.


    After wetting our whistles at the Tiki Bar we went on a beautiful sunset cruise. Guess What? They served more drinks. ;-)





    On Saturday, everyone was free to explore the resort.  That evening we had a private group dinner at the Angler & Ale Restaurant.  More than 30 members and their guests attended.






    Here's a photo of the ride back to the resort from the Angler & Ale.


    Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers their guests the opportunity of dolphin viewing and interaction on site.  Several of our group participated in the Dolphin Connection experience.  These photos are of club members Erol, Sandy and Ken.

    The dolphin in the following photo is 45 years old and is retired from the Navy.

    Here's a nearby spectator.

     

    Some of us spent some time at the Tranquility Pool for adults (MATURITY OPTIONAL).

    One of the local residents stalking lunch.


    Sunday morning some of us did an impromptu breakfast in Marathon at the Island Fish Company right on the water. Great food!

    Sunday evening some of us did an impromptu dinner at the Key Colony Inn in Marathon. Great food!


    A great time was had by all and we will seriously consider a repeat event next year.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 21, 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Zachary Shanan, director of CleanTechnica, organized a National Drive Electric Week event at the Whole Foods near the Sarasota Superchargers. (CleanTechnica is the #1 cleantech-focused website in the US and the world, reaching about 7 million readers around the world each month.)

    Despite being a last-minute event, about 40 electric vehicles participated. About 30 of them were Teslas.

    Here's some photos:




    Here's the CleanTechnica article on the event.  It includes some drone footage:

     Florida Tesla Drivers Drive A Ton!


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 07, 2019 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.


    For those living nearby, please visit the location and send me high resolution photos of the construction progress.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 03, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Despite the torrential downpour and the flooded streets nearby, we had and an excellent turnout for our private viewing of “Revenge of the Electric Car” at CinéBistro in Sarasota.  

    It seems that the actual weather was duplicating the weather depicted in the movie adverstisement.

    A total of seventy-two members and their guests registered for this event, and 90% braved the elements to attend.  We dispatched search parties to rescue the few members floating downstream in their Teslas who weren't able to make it.  

    Seriously, we regret that the weather prevented us from having a photo opportunity of the 30 or so Teslas in the parking lot.

    CinéBistro is a well-suited venue for club gatherings with seven luxury movies theaters with in-theatre full-service dining. It has a large, stylishly-appointed lounge where there is a full bar (with great bartenders), extensive wine list, specialty cocktails, and appetizers.


    We kicked off the event with a cocktail reception in the lounge.  Following libations, our club reserved an entire theater for our private viewing of “Revenge of the Electric Car”. Initially, we planned to book a smaller theater, but CinéBistro management graciously upgraded us to a larger theater to make things more comfortable.  We want to thank Felicia O’Brien, Event Manager; and John Berger, Technical Operations for their professionalism in making this a delightful event.

    Here are some additional photos with lots of smiling faces:





    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


  • July 25, 2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday, (July 24, 2019) speaking outside the Turnpike headquarters at the Turkey Lake service plaza, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state would be adding Level 3 charging stations for electric vehicles at all Florida Turnpike service plazas beginning by the end of the year.

    For those with a Facebook account here is a video of the Governor's remarks.

    https://www.facebook.com/FOX35News/videos/804228240054047/

    The following graphic was also provided at the news conference illustrating the current and planned charging infrastructure at the Turnpike. (To view the graphic full-size, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)


    You will note that the graphic shows Tesla providing future Superchargers at the Okahumpka, Canoe Creek, Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach service plazas along the Turnpike.  It also shows Tesla adding charging terminals at the existing Turkey Lake and Fort Drum Supercharger locations. The exact number of future Tesla charging terminals has not yet been determined.

    Although the Governor stated that all service plazas would have level 3 chargers, the graphic does not show any new Fast Chargers or Superchargers at the Snapper Creek service plaza.  I suspect this is an oversight by those producing the graphic.

    The stations will be funded by the state’s $166 million share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement (DieselGate), for which 15%, or about $25 million, was designated to be used on electric charging infrastructure.

    In addition to the Turnpike, DeSantis said the goal is to have similar stations off of major interstate exits across the state.

    “We want to be able to have similar fast charging stations across all of Florida’s major highways,” DeSantis said. “And so if you’re driving [on Interstate] 95 from Miami to Daytona Beach, you can rest assured you can get off an exit and just like you get gasoline, you’re going to have the ability to have access to this.”


    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

  • July 16, 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The long awaited Gainesville Supercharger Station is finally operational!  The station is located at Butler Plaza in the Whole Foods parking lot where Gainesville Cars & Coffee hosts their monthly gathering for automotive enthusiasts of all types.  So, on July 13, 2019, after receiving an invite from them, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to both meet other car enthusiasts while celebrating the opening of the Gainesville Supercharger Station.

    Following the Cars & Coffee event, we reserved the Whole Foods patio area for a continuing brunch/lunch club meet-up with other Tesla and car enthusiasts.

    Here's some photos:


    If you are interested in learning more about our club and participating in other fun-filled events, 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

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