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.
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