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Permit found for the “Coming Soon” Lakeland Supercharger [Operational](Public)

September 03, 2020 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

A member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum located a permit for the “Coming Soon” Lakeland Supercharger Station. The site is located at the Wawa at 4320 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809.

The permit doesn't specifically state that this is a Supercharger.  However, the fact that Tesla is an applicant for the "Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Station" at a Wawa in Lakeland makes this virtually certain that is is the Supercharger Station planned for Lakeland.

Here is the vicinity map:

Update as of July 22, 2020.

Construction at the Lakewood Supercharger has begun with the staging of Tesla equipment. I received the following photos from a helpful Tesla owner visiting the Wawa hosting the new Supercharger. It looks like two version 3 Supercharger cabinets have been delivered to power eight terminals.

The two previous photos I believe are of the version 3 Supercharger cabinets.  

Rack Electric is Tesla's "Go-To" electrical contractor for many Supercharger installations.

Update as of July 25, 2020.

I'm informed that my initial guess regarding the location of the future charging stalls was incorrect.  Above is the correct location.

Update as of July 29, 2020.

The two previous photos show the main switchgear on the right and one of the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets in the center.

Update as of July 31, 2020.

Progress is coming along.  Here we see five of the seven back-in spaces and one pull-in space.  Also shown are the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets.

Update as of August 7, 2020.

The next series of photos show work being done to install a utility transformer.  There is already a utility transformer installed, but there is a concrete pad awaiting the installation of a second utility transformer.

It is possible that Lakeland Electric, the local power company, plans to install two medium-sized transformers to power this installation, or the existing transformer may be to power the Wawa.  

The existing utility transformer can be seen to the right.

Here is a view of the utility transformer shown in the background. The concrete pad in the foreground is for a second transformer.  The smaller conduits closest are for high voltage incoming primary cable.  The larger conduits are for the 480 volt secondary cable.  The small pipe with the weatherhead is for metering wire.  So far, members taking these photos report that there is no sign of a meter cabinet yet. The meter equipment will probably be installed in the area around the hole between the concrete pad and the existing transformer.

Another view of the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets.  For a total of 2 MW of capacity.

I am not sure the function of this small box.  It may be a Master Controller Cabinet to monitor the Supercharger Station remotely.

Updated August 19, 2020.

The utility transformer has been installed.

Here is the same transformer on the left in relation to an existing utility transformer which may be for the Wawa's electric service.

This hole between the two utility transformers.  I believe we can see the metering conduit going from the utility transformer for the Supercharger to the concrete post. On that post is what appears to be an existing meter cabinet for the other transformer. Tesla's contractor will probably install another meter cabinet on the post above the conduit for the Supercharger Station.

Update as of August 22, 2020.

It looks like my comments about the previous photo  was correct.  The Tesla contractor has installed the meter cabinet for the Supercharger on the same post as the meter for the Wawa electric service.  I am pretty sure that this transformer is for the Wawa.

This photo shows the new Supercharger transformer on the left and the existing transformer for the Wawa on the right.

Update as of August 31, 2020.

Meter was just installed in meter cabinet today, August 31, 2020. This station could be energized at any time.

Update as of September 3, 2020.

This station is  operational.


Larry Chanin

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