"Coming Soon" Supercharger Station at Ochopee, FL (Alligator Alley) is operational (Public)

February 28, 2020 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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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.

Update as of November 21, 2019.

Paving has gone in at this Supercharger Station.  These photos confirm that 12 charging terminals are being installed.


Here I've zoomed in on the Supercharger concrete pads.  I believe that the pad to the left is for 3 Supercharger cabinets.  If so, that would confirm that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.  Each version 3 Supercharger cabinet powers four charging terminals, so three cabinets would handle 12 charging terminals which is consistent with the number of spaces shown in the previous photos. The pad to the right is probably for the main switchgear.

Update as of December 15, 2019.


It looks like the three version 3 Supercharger Cabinets have been delivered to the site.  Note that they are larger than version 2 cabinets.


Updated December 25, 2019.


Version 3 Supercharger cabinets have been set on the concrete pad.

Update as of January 7, 2020.


It looks like the utility power transformer has been installed.  It looks huge.  

Update as of February 15, 2020.

In returning from our 7-day Tesla club cruise we briefly stopped by the Ochopee Supercharger Station and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was operational.


This family was Supercharging at the recently operational Ochopee Supercharger Station.



The meter is obviously installed.


Utility tranformer on the left, main switchgear and meter in the center, and two of the three version 3 Supercharger cabinets on the right.



This image was posted on the Tesla Motors Club Florida forum.  The Model 3 driver started the charging session with a State of Charge of 3% and achieved a maximum charge rate of 965 miles of range per hour.

Update as of February 28, 2020.


On February 28, 2020 the Miccosukee Indian Tribe had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ochopee Supercharger and presented a plaque honoring the loss of one of their members. The Tribe police chief also spoke emphasizing the safety and security of the site. The construction of the new big rest stop/restaurant is advancing nicely.


Larry Chanin

President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

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