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"Coming Soon" Celebration Supercharger Station located under construction [Public]

April 12, 2019 6:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Tesla is now using precast concrete foundations for their charging terminals.  This photo show 7 of the planned 8 charging terminal.

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

One of the members of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the location of the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station planned for Celebration, Florida.

This photo shows that Tesla is also using precast concrete foundations to sit the Supercharger Cabinets on. 


 This tarp covers the 4 Supercharger Cabinets staged for installation.

Another forum member located the permits for this installation.  The permit description reads:

"INSTALLATION OF TESLA ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING EQUIPMENT TO INCLUDE 8 CHARGING POSTS 4 CHARGING CABINETS 1 SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY 4 AUTO TRANSFORMERS 1 UTILITY TRANSFORMER AND 1 ELECTRIC METER ON H FRAME"

The address for this location is 6240 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee, FL 34747, which Google tells us is the location of a Five Guys burger restaurant. Interestingly this location is less than 5 miles from another recently discovered Supercharger Station that is awaiting permits.  It is located on the same highway at an existing Wawa gas station at 7940 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.   


Here is a vicinity map showing the proximity of the two upcoming Supercharger Stations.  Both are located nearby several Disney theme parks. 

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

Update as of April 12, 2019.

All 8 charging terminals have been installed.


This photo is taken from the same general position as the second photo.  It shows that the 4 Supercharger Cabinets have been set on the concrete foundations and the ground has been backfilled.  



Initially I thougt this box might enclose the 4 autotransformers referred on the permit.  However, a photo of the label seems to indicate that it is a 3-phase transformer. Since the charging terminals are located several hundred feet from the Superchargers they would experience a voltage drop.  I'm guessing that they are going to probably set taps on this transformer to slightly boost the voltage.  So this transformer is probably going to substitute for 4 autotransformers called for on the permit. There is a temporary tent over it for protection from the elements while the Tesla contractor  makies wiring connections.


This photo shows the terminals in the background in relation to where the Superchargers and other high-voltage gear are located.  (The Supercharger Cabinets are just out of frame to the left of this photo.)  I am not positive what will go over the conduits shown here.  It might be the utility transformer.  The concrete pole will probably be used to mount the meter cabinet.


For those that live near the sites, please periodically visit and take high resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me. In addition to the charging terminals, make sure to also focus your attention across the parking lot to the progress near the Supercharger Cabinets and keep a look out for the high-voltage switchgear which will probably be at least three tall, large gray boxes. Also look for the utility transformer which will be a large green box. 

Correction:

In an earlier version of this article today I stated:

To figure out if this is going to be a Version 3 Supercharger location look for two things.  When the charging cables at the terminals are installed, are they thinner than normal terminal cables? If so, this will be the new liquid cooled Version 3. If you can get a close up of the labeling on the Supercharger Cabinets, see if you can locate the capacity.  If each cabinet says 250kW it is the new Version 3.

It is true the charging cables will be thinner. However, based on Tesla's blog article Introducing V3 Supercharging, there won't be Supercharger Cabinets labeled 250kW.  There will be a new 1MW power cabinet with a similar design to Tesla's utility-scale products.  So we need to see something that looks like this:


Since we have photos of the old conventional Supercharger Cabinets for this Supercharger Station, we can pretty much rule out that this might be a Version 3 station.  Sorry for getting people's hopes up. 

Thanks.

Larry Chanin
President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
lfchanin@gmail.com

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