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  • May 04, 2021 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down to the bottom of this article for an update.

    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. As it is currently written, the revenue collected via Senate Bill 140 would go to the Transportation Trust Fund after enactment until 2023.  After that it funds the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program until it sunsets at the end of 2030. 

    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.

    Update as of May 4, 2021.

    Senate Bill 1276, which proposed a new $200 EV registration fee when registered EV reached 5% of total vehicles, died in the Transportation Committee.

    Senate Bill 140, which proposed a new $135 EV registration fee, died in the Appropriation Committee.  It's companion bill, Senate Bill 138, proposed that the revenue collected via SB 140 would fund an EV Infrastructure Grant Program. SB 138 also died in the Appropriations Committee. 

    Senate Memorial 1332, urging the U.S. Congress to authorize installation of electric vehicle charging stations in rest areas on the interstate highway system, died in the Transportation Committee.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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  • May 01, 2021 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Today, if you are a Tesla owner living on the West Coast of Florida and want to head north and then west, you can not take the shortest route along Route 98.  Above in blue is a route, plotted by ABetterRoutePlanner, from the Clearwater to the Tallahassee Supercharger Station.  You’ll note that there are no Superchargers along the preferred route shown in green along Route 98…yet.

    However, the local Tesla Infrastructure Team is going to fix that absence. The Tesla Find Us map shown below shows two “Coming Soon” Supercharger Stations along Route 98 targeted for the second quarter of this year.


    The locations shown are not exact. Refer below for the precise locations.

    The one in Crystal River is at a Wawa under construction at 505 NE US Highway 19, Crystal River, 34429.  Below is a vicinity map:


    It appears that the Supercharger Station is nearing completion.  A helpful member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum spoke to the City Of Crystal River building inspector. He confirmed this location will have 8 Version 3 stalls (1 pull in and 7 back in). According to the inspector, the station has been completed but not energized. Tesla is waiting for the Wawa to open before testing and turning it on. They expect it will be open the last week of April.


    Above is a photo provided by a member of the Tesla Florida Facebook Group.


    That same enterprising TMC member called the building department of the City of Perry. There is a permit application for the Perry Supercharger Station.  It will be at the Huddle House/Citgo gas station located at 2717 South Byron Butler Parkway, Perry, FL 32348. Tesla expects the permit to be issued soon.

    Below is a vicinity map of the Perry Supercharger Station:



    This new western route won't save you driving time. According to Google Maps the driving times for the example of Clearwater to Tallahassee are within a minute of one another. Referring to the first image above, this is due to the the reduction in distance on the green route being almost exactly offset by the increase in speed limits on the blue route. 

    For the blue route you would be averaging 70 mph and the green route 58 mph. The big difference will be in how much you will save on the energy to charge.  The green route is 50 miles shorter, and the reduced speed saves you approximately another 50 miles of range due to improved efficiency.  For the original Model S for which we have data, the economy for the blue route is roughly 99 MPGe.  The green route is roughly 121 MPGe.  (Note: This assumes constant speed with no stops.  In the real world the green route is going to have more stops, so its average MPGe will be less than shown, but still much better than the blue route.) 

    Update as of May 1, 2021. 

    Tesla informs me that this Wawa that is under construction at 505 NE US Highway 19, Crystal River, 34429, will be hosting an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 6, featuring VIP customers, local officials, and charity partners. The store will be open to the public at 8:00 am.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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  • April 29, 2021 9:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Claire Lavezzorio, a reporter for NBC2 News in Fort Myers. She wanted to discuss electric vehicles as part of an article published today entitled, Electric vehicles fill up charging stations in SWFL.

    Below are a few screenshots from the short 2.5-minute video.



    Larry Chanin

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  • April 22, 2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    David Havasi and "Old Blue"                          Photo Courtesy of David Havasi

    Club member David Havasi aptly dubbed himself as the “Johnny Appleseed of Tesla.” David is one of those rare personalities; once you meet him, he leaves an indelible and uplifting impression.

    Below is a link to an entertaining article he wrote for CleanTechnica. It’s reminiscent of the early days and describes David’s unique style in marketing Teslas.

    Me & “Old Blue”: How The Original Tesla Roadster Helped Me Serve “The Mission” Well Beyond Its Production Run

    The article doesn’t reveal that before being hired by Tesla and moving down to Sarasota, Florida, he was a song and dance man on Broadway, New York. David definitely did not waste those skills in promoting Tesla!

    Since we both live in Sarasota, his article evokes old memories as we share some experiences and friends. Much of the article discusses his fondness for “Old Blue,” the Glacier Blue Tesla Roadster that he “parked like a pimp” to gain optimum exposure to the public. The article mentions that a Glacier Blue Roadster stopped in front of his wife in Sarasota traffic. That particular Tesla belonged to Nigel Mould, the first vice president and a founding member of our club.

    It turns out that before I knew him, Nigel was instrumental in getting my wife and me hooked on Teslas. In 2011, Nigel arranged for Tesla to display an Alpha prototype of the Model S at the Sarasota Yacht Club. It had 12 coats of Signature Red paint. Sitting on those beautiful teak floors with that incredible paint job and fantastic styling proved irresistible to us. We immediately gave the kid with the iPad a deposit on the spot. After failing to convince Nigel to be the president of a new statewide Tesla club, I became president, and Florida Tesla Enthusiasts was born.


    Alpha prototype of the Model S at the Sarasota Yacht Club in 2011.

    The article also describes the morning of March 31, 2016, and provides a photo of the people lined up in front of the Tesla Store at University Town Center. I, of course, was in that line waiting to buy my wife her Model 3.

    March 31, 2016 Sarasota Store during the Model 3 release. I'm at the end of that line. Photo Courtesy of David Havasi

    Zack Shanan, director and chief editor of CleanTechnica also lives in Sarasota.  In 2019 he and David graciously conducted a live Podcast at the Laurel Oak Country Club in Sarasota.

    David Havasi and Zack Shanan, director and chief editor of CleanTechnica, conduct an informative and delightfully entertaining live podcast in Sarasota.

    If you look up the word "Enthusiast" in the dictionary, there is likely to be a photo of David along side it.  


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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  • April 19, 2021 6:40 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 been searching online building permit websites for Florida. He has located permits for 500 17th St, Miami.  It is not listed on the Tesla Find Us map.  Pending an official Tesla designation, I am referring to it as the "Miami Beach Convention Center" Supercharger, since it is located adjacent to the Center.

    The permit states:

    Tesla is proposing to install their charging station at the existing parking garage. This will include the installation of: (5) Tesla charging cabinets, (10) Tesla charging posts, (5) NLTC transformers, (1) utility transformer, (1) 1200A distribution panel, (1) 1200A fused disconnect. The utility transformer and fused disconnect mounted on H-frame will be installed outside of the parking garage structure within a fence enclosure.

    Charging stations are on 5th Level. Transformer, meter, service disconnect panel, etc. on the Ground Floor need to comply with Flood Plain Management requirements for Utilities.


    It is likely that it will be housing Urban type Supercharger terminals.

    Here is a vicinity map from the Supercharge.info website.

    The upper blue dot is the "Coming Soon" Superchargers.  The red dots are existing operational Superchargers in the Miami area.

    Update as of January 18, 2021.



    On May 25, 2018 Tesla applied for a building permit at the parking garage adjacent to the New World Center. It was issued on January 22, 2020 and will expire in a few days on January 25, 2021. They also applied for an electrical permit on February 18, 2020, which was issued on November 30, 2020.  This appears to have been on hold for contractor certification since  July 2020.  This may simply mean that Tesla has not assigned an electrical contractor to the project.  

    Update as of  April 12, 2021.


    Construction has not only started, but it looks virtually complete.  Here are 10 Urban Style Supercharger post that deliver 72 kW each without sharing with other Teslas. 


    Here are the five Supercharger cabinets each feeding two Urban style charging posts.

    If you live or work nearby 500 17th St, Miami, please let us know when they are operational.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • April 18, 2021 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Above is an excerpt of the permit application for a new Supercharger Station in Davenport.

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

    The editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has located another active permit application for a future Supercharger Station in Davenport.  Tesla has not yet assigned a contractor to this project and a permit has not yet been issued.

    This station is not currently listed on Tesla’s official Find Us web page.

    The Supercharger Station is located at the Wawa at 8103 Lake Wilson Rd, Davenport, FL 33896.

    The description of work for the permit application indicates that this will be a 12-stall version 3 station.  The size is somewhat surprising since 12 parking spaces are more than a third of the total available parking. 

    Here is a Google aerial photo of the Wawa.  There are a few apparent locations for 12 stalls, the west side, and the south side, 6 on the west and 6 on the south.  I think the 12 space on the south side would be best.   


    Here is a vicinity map:

    Update as of December 29, 2020.

    Permit issued November 23, 2020.

    Update as of April 16, 2021.

    This Supercharger Station will have 12 charging posts. On the extreme left are 6 boxes containing two charging posts each.  Two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets are visible. There is probably a third out of view behind them.


    Work appears to be beginning on the conduit under the Supercharger and swichgear. Construction started about April 8, 2021.

    Update as of April 16, 2021.


    The improvised tent is probably protecting the Supercharger cabinets from the elements. Some of the charging posts have been installed. 

    People working or living nearby are asked to periodically visit the site to take 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

  • April 18, 2021 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The above photo was taken before construction began.  It shows that the new Yulee Supercharger Station is located in Wildlight Plaza behind the Firehouse Subs.

    The Yulee Supercharger Station north of Jacksonville went operational on the first of April, 2021.  It has 8 Version 3 charging stalls and is located in the new Wildlight Plaza shopping center under development. 

    The address is 20 Homegrown Way, Yulee, FL 32097 and the Superchargers are located behind the Firehouse Subs.

    Below is a vicinity map:


    The new Yulee Supercharger Station is located north of Jacksonville.



    The placement of the charging posts and the protective bollards are rather unconventional and could lead to damaged Teslas if the drivers are not careful in backing up.   


    In reviewing the plan drawing above, the Supercharger installation is within the dashed rectangle. You will note that the property line is virtually at the curb. We believe that the unusual placement of the charging posts and bollards were dictated by the proximity of the  property line.

    Not shown in this early photo during construction were wheel stops to mitigate collisions with the bollards. Now that the station is operational, we hope that Tesla has installed them.

    A view from Homegrown Way.  Tasty's Fresh Burgers and Coldstone Creamery are located to the the right.


    The station is operational.



    For those with CHAdeMO adapters, walking distance from the Superchargers at 235 E State Rd 200, Yulee, FL 32097 are 6 - FPL Evolution DC Fast Chargers .  Two of the chargers are 360 kW with a CHAdeMO connector.  The other four chargers are 200 kW with both CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

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  • April 18, 2021 8:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    I found the permit application and Tesla plans for the “Coming Soon” North Naples Supercharger Station noted on Tesla’s Find Us Map. It will be located at the Target at 2415 Tarpon Bay Blvd., Naples FL 34119.


    This will be another Version 3 Supercharger Station with 8 charging terminals.

    Here’s a vicinity map:


    Here’s the precise location at the Target parking lot.

    Here's an excerpt from Tesla's proposed plans. Note that the orientation is with north pointing to the left.


    The permit application appears to still be in planning review and approval and a permit has not yet been issued.

    Update as of January 26, 2021.

    On January 26, 2021, the Collier County Growth Management Department approved the development permit for Tesla's proposed Supercharger Station at Tarpon Bay Plaza.  I assume that Tesla now needs to proceed with a building permit application.

    Update as of March 27, 2021.

    The permit application is marked as "Ready for Issuance."  It looks like Tesla's contractor just has to pay the balance of $690 for permit fees to get the building permit approved. 

    Update as of March 30, 2021.

    The permit was issued on March 30, 2021. 

    Tesla has not broken ground yet, but should be ready soon.  People living or working nearby are requested to periodically visit the site.  When construction starts, please take high-resolution photos of the  progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:       lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • April 17, 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Brenda Boritizki, Event Coordinator for Florida Tesla Enthusiasts and member of Space Coast EV Drivers.

    Brenda Boritzki has "dual citizenship." She's an Event Coordinator for our statewide club, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, and she's a member of a great local club, Space Coast EV Drivers (SCEV).

    Last month she traded her 2017 Model S for a new Model Y outfitted with the 7-seat option. As you will see in the video below, Brenda enlisted the help of her daughters Caitlyn and Zoe, along with their friend Rachel, to demonstrate passenger comfort for various sized individuals.  The 7-seat configuration may not fit all family situations. Still, for Brenda's case with a family of 5 and a dog, the Model Y was a better fit than her previous Model S.


    Brenna Kaminski & Josh Pritt, leaders of the Space Coast EV Drivers club.

    The video is narrated by Brenna Kaminski and her husband Joshua Pritt, who are the leaders of SCEV Drivers.  Brenna is also Associate Director of Communications & Research of Drive Electric Florida (DEFL). DEFL is a coalition of influential EV Stakeholders, including our club.  So, Brenna and Josh are "All In" when it comes to EV Advocacy!


    Are you a Tesla enthusiast and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive, Virtual Meetup, or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page.

    If you live on the Space Coast, we recommend that, like Brenda, you have "dual citizenship" and join Space Coast EV Drivers as well.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:        lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:    teslaownersflorida.org

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  • April 16, 2021 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Saturday April 3rd, members of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts as well as non-club members had a meetup and car display at Ginger's Bar and Restaurant  There they were able to meet other Tesla Owners and get informed on ProSolar, solar panel and home solution offerings.  A BIG Thank you goes to Rachael Zofcin from the new Fort Lauderdale Service Center for bringing her co-worker and a Model 3 and a Model Y for folks to be able to test drive!

    We want to thank Event Coordinator Renzo Torrenga for assisting, and club members Jonathan Rush with ProSolar, Matt Pressman with EVANNEX, Michael "Mojo" Mogilewski, owner of SIGNATURE Customs Wraps & Coatings and Melissa Marotta and Rachael Zofcin with Tesla for for their generous support.

    Below are some photos:


    Event Coordinator Renzo Torrenga

     Joanne & Don DuBois visiting from the Garden State.

    A four-footed friend and a member of her staff with their Zero Emissions vehicle.

    We're guessing that Batman is having some work done on his Model 3 Batmobile.

    The team from the new Fort Lauderdale Service Center located nearby who graciously provided test drives.  Much thanks go to Rachael Zofcin on the right for coordinating. 



    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:        lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:    teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:  Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Twitter:     Tesla Owners Florida

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