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  • August 12, 2020 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Busy Bee Convenience Store and Gas Station, nearing completion in Panama City Beach, will host a future Supercharger Station

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for updates.

    In October 2019, a kick-off ceremony was conducted in Panama City Beach to celebrate the construction of a 15,500 square foot Busy Bee convenience store and gas station. Along with other company and local government officials was Elizabeth Waring, Principal and Chief Executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., the parent company of the Busy Bee franchise.  

    Recently a member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum met Ms. Waring. Since Busy Bee currently has 12 Superchargers at their Live Oak location, he asked her if they were going to install Superchargers at the Panama City Beach location. She said yes and indicated that the Busy Bee would open soon, but it was going to be a couple more weeks before the Superchargers were up and running since they experienced some delays in permitting due to COVID-19.  (The person taking the photo above indicated that there was no sign of construction of the Supercharger yet.  So, it will probably take more than a couple of weeks before the Supercharger is operational.)

    The Busy Bee is located at 14100 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413.  

    It will include 32 fueling stations at 16 pumps, and a full-service convenience store including a quick-service restaurant. It will operate on a 24/7 basis once it opens.

    Here a vicinity map:


    The location is about an hour’s drive from the DeFuniak Springs Superchargers and about three hours from the Tallahassee Superchargers.

    The location isn't currently displayed on Tesla's Find Us map. However, to further confirm this information, another member of the TMC forum located a permit for the Supercharger Station.  The permit reads “Tesla to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Station” and doesn’t explicitly state “Supercharger.” However, since Busy Bee has hosted other Superchargers, I think we can reasonably assume that this is going to be a Supercharger Station rather than a Tesla destination charging station.


    Above is a permit was issued for a Tesla Electric Vehicle Charging Station.

    Update as of June 24, 2020.

    Here are some photos of the Busy Bee Station.  The station and store is expected to be open this summer.  Construction of the Supercharger Station has not yet broken ground.




    Update as of July 26, 2020



    The two photos above show that Tesla has broken ground on this Supercharger Station.  The installation is adjacent to the parking lot next to the Guthrie's Chicken Fingers restaurant.


    Another view of the conduit work that will go under the Supercharger cabinets. There's a utility transformer in the background. 


    Updated as of july 29, 2020.

    Seven future back-in charging terminals

    One pull-in future charging terminal.

    Update as of August 8, 2020.

    The following photos were provided by a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum.

    Charging terminals being readied for installation.

    Utility transformer concrete pad in foreground, main switchgear and Supercharger cabinets.

    Main switchgear on left, two version 3 Supercharger cabinets on right.

    Tesla contractor pulling in cables between charging terminals and Supercharger cabinets, doors open.

    Update as of July 9, 2020.


    To the right of the Supercharger cabinets we can see the contractor working on the main switchgear through the hole in the charging terminal.


    A view of the pull-in charging spaces along side two back-in spaces.

    Update as of August 12, 2020.


    Utility transformer delivered to the site.


    Meter cabinet and meter 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

  • August 08, 2020 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our observant club members discovered an 8 terminal Supercharger Station under construction at the Wawa at 116 N. Highway 27/441, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

    The location is not currently listed on Tesla’s official Find Us page displaying “Coming Soon” Supercharger Stations.

    Here’s a vicinity map:

    The Wawa is located at the intersection of County Road 466 (Lemon St) and US Highway 27/441.  

    Here is a Google street photo of the Wawa.

    I have drawn a red rectangle where I believe the charging spaces are going. The street the photo was taken from is US 27/441. 

    You can see the construction of the 8 charging terminals.  The box on the right is the type of main switchgear that Tesla is currently using.  The distinctive blue fencing is consistent with what Rack Electric uses. They are an electrical contractor that Tesla frequently uses for Supercharger installations.


    If you work or live nearby, please 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

  • August 07, 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.  


    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.  


    For people living or working nearby this location, please stop by occasionally 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

  • August 06, 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This sign was posted at the new construction site for the Port St. Lucie Supercharger Expansion.

    Those old timers among us may remember that the Port St. Lucie Supercharger Station was the first station to open in Florida back in July 2013. At the time, it was a very big deal and Tesla arranged for a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with some dignitaries.

    Here's a photos I pulled from my archives of that momentous event:

    Former State Representative Adam Hasner, former Port St Lucie Mayor, JoAnn Faiella, and former Tesla executive Kevin Kassekert cut the ribbon for the first Supercharger in Florida. The mayor had the foresight to contact Tesla to propose the installation of the station.  In those days virtually no one knew Tesla, what a Supercharger was, and why you would want a station in your community.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for updates.

    Fast-forward almost 7 years and Tesla is expanding the Supercharger Station. Recently a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the beginning of construction.

    We don’t have much information yet, but I did find some public records confirming the expansion.

    Here's a couple of photos:

    Updated as of June 21, 2020.

    There are 6 Supercharging terminals shown in the following photos.  They are located across from the Benjamin Moore Paint store and Moe's Southwest Grill.  


    If it turns out that there are only six terminals, then that would suggest that this will be a version 2 Supercharger Station with three Supercharger cabinets and two terminals per Supercharger.  We will have to wait to see what develops.

    Update as of June 23, 2020.

    The above photo was taken at the existing Supercharger location. It is possible that Tesla will be installing the new Supercharger cabinets, switchgear and new utility transformer to the left of the existing location, or will be enlarging the existing Supercharger enclosure to accommodate more equipment. If so, the conduits may contain high-voltage cables running from the  existing utility transformer to a new second utility transformer to power the expansion.

    Update as of July 5, 2020.


    This photo was taken to the left of the original Supercharger location.  It appears that two more charging terminals are going in at the original location for a total of 10.


    To power the two new terminals, plus the six additional terminal across from the paint store, are four more version 2 Supercharger cabinets.

    Correction: These cabinets are the original version 2 cabinets installed in 2013. My confusion was caused by the removal of the enclosure around them making me erroneously conclude that they were newly installed.

    Update as of July 22, 2020

    One of our readers visited the site and spoke to a Tesla employee monitoring the charger speeds. The employee explained that they have been plagued with problems from the beginning and do not know when they'll be functional. He mentioned that the water table was high, and they're working on it.

    Update as of August 6, 2020.


    This photo is taken from the the back of the existing, operational Superchargers.  It shows the original Supercharger cabinets, on the right, that are powering the existing 8 charging terminals. The gray boxes to the left of the Supercharger cabinets are the original main switchgear, and the green box to the extreme left is the original utility transformer.  All of the this was originally hidden by the white enclosure that can be seen in the first photo.


    This is another view from the rear showing the utility transformer in the foreground on the left, the switchgear and the old version 2 Supercharger cabinets.  

     

    This photo is also from the rear and it is to the right of the previous photos. It shows what appears to be a covered charging terminal on the extreme left.  Again, this is located at the existing Supercharger Station.  You can see the 6 new charging terminals in the background in front of the paint store.


    If you work or live nearby, please 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

  • July 28, 2020 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On July 26, 2020, several Florida Tesla Enthusiasts Club Members gathered to attend a drive-in movie theater experience inside The Hardrock Stadium. While attendance was small, it was greatly appreciated by the attendees.  One club member brought her parents along who have been indoors for an extended period due to COVID-19 precautions. They expressed their excitement to finally be able to get out of the house and ready to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own Tesla Model X!

    We enjoyed a showing of the movie Beetlejuice and everyone enjoyed the experience very much while following CDC guidelines for COVID-19 precautions. After the show, everyone shared that merely the ability to be able to drive your car into the Hardrock Stadium was worth the price of entry! The movie was the cherry on top!

    There are currently showings playing until August 2, at which time the drive-in theater experience is planned to end. We encourage you to check out other movie times and dates if you missed this opportunity and go! All proceeds from these events will benefit the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program.

    Many thanks go to Event Coordinator Renzo Torrenga for organizing this event.


    Driving into Stadium Video


    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 or a Virtual Meetup, 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

  • July 27, 2020 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On July 26, 2020, a group of about two dozen club members and guests with 17 Teslas gathered at the Port Orange Supercharger parking lot in the morning for another scenic drive and In-Car activity. The route took us up the beautiful A1A Atlantic Ocean Highway to the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

    I want to thank Event Coordinator Tom Siceloff for planning this event and leading the caravan.

    Thomas, one of our members from Ocala, became a bit of a celebrity by bringing his Midnight Silver Metallic Model Y. I was one of the paparazzi taking plenty of photos.

    After driving the beautiful Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail, one thing was abundantly clear, Teslas were ideally suited for this natural marvel where the posted signs said “Drive Quitely.”

    Here are some photos:

    Here's Thomas, the owner of a Model Y and an immediate celebrity.


    Here's Thomas again with me caught in the act of being the paparazzi.

    My wife, Mary Ellen, is either doing her very best impression of the Village People, or is letting us know that there's a Model Y in attendance.


    Here's some photos of those in attendance.










    The next set of photos show us lining up for the silent caravan.



    The next series of photos is driving through the Ormond Scenic Loop.



    While waiting at the Port Orange Supercharger to charge for our trip home, we were greeted by a curious onlooker.


    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 or a Virtual Meetup, 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

  • July 20, 2020 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 16, 2020, we had another informative and entertaining Virtual Meetup and Happy Hour with the hosts of the YouTube channels “Rich Rebuilds” and “The Electrified Garage to chat about servicing Teslas.  On June 25, we had our first Virtual Happy Hour with the crew. This time we were introduced to a new member of the group, Mike Kohlman.  Mike worked 20 years with Ford as a Master Technician, where he received Ford certification to work on hybrids and EVs.

    Chris Salvo had some breaking news during the Virtual Happy Hour, announcing that, in addition to their shop in New Hampshirethey plan to open a new Electrified Garage soon in Ocala, Florida soon. More details to follow.

    Here's some screenshots:

    Mike Kohlman, Chad Hrencecin and Chris Salvo in their Electrified Garage in New Hampshire

    Rich Benoit, host of  the YouTube channel, "Rich Rebuilds," with literally millions of views, joined us from his home in New Hampshire.

    I want to thank Angelia Link, one of our Central Region Event Coordinators, and president of The Villages Tesla Group, for arranging for the "Rich Rebuilds" crew to join us.

    Jim joined us from orbit on the bridge of the Death Star

    Not to be out done, well-traveled Alec joined us all the way from Jupiter.

    Even Elon crashed the party! (Not really)

    Here I am sitting in my spacious driveway in front of my collection of vintage Model Ss

    Chis and Chad show off their cool looking Electrified Garage tee shirts to Mike, who is too newly arrived to have one yet. ;-)



    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 or a Virtual Meetup, 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

  • July 12, 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Last Friday, July 10, 2020, the governor held a press conference in front of the Turkey Lake Tesla Superchargers to announce that the state would be expanding fast charging to 74 terminal locations.  Unfortunately, because of the setting, a few media outlets incorrectly assumed that all 74 chargers would be Tesla Superchargers.

    The facts are that through a combination of private commercial donations and $8.6 million in funding from the Volkswagen "dieselgate" settlement, the state will be expanding fast charging along state highways.   The expansion along the Turnpike will be privately funded and charging infrastructure development along I-10, I-95 and I-75 will be financed by the Volkswagen settlement. 

    We previously reported on the continuing progress of expanding the number of Tesla Superchargers along the Turnpike in the following article:

    Fast Charging & Supercharging Stations will be added at the Florida Turnpike service plazas (Public)

    We also reported on the landmark EV Infrastructure Bill that the governor signed into law in June.

    Florida Legislature Sends Landmark EV Infrastructure Bill to Governor [Signed into law] (Public)

    At Friday's press conference, the governor was quoted as saying:

    This long-term investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a win for our state on multiple levels. Not only will these charging stations promote reduced emissions and better air quality, they will also improve mobility and safety for the ever-increasing number of Floridians that drive electric cars. I look forward to building on this investment and continuing our work to improve Florida's environment and transportation infrastructure.

    The governor's press release states:

    DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] has reviewed the applications received for the electric vehicle charging stations and has selected the projects to receive the awarded funding. With this funding, 74 additional DC fast chargers will be installed statewide. Combined with the chargers FDOT is installing along the Florida Turnpike, a total of 104 DC fast chargers will be installed along over 1,200 miles of highway, covering the most traveled corridors in the state. Each of the 34 locations will have at minimum 2 chargers each. This represents an approximately 50 percent statewide increase in publicly available DC charging stations.

    Here is a list of the location of applications that were awarded funding:


    Tesla was not awarded any funding.  Of course, there is always a remote possibility that Tesla could partner with a location to install Superchargers, but there definitely won't be a large number of Superchargers included in this first portion of the EV infrastructure expansion for 27 locations.

    The chart below was presented at the press conference.  You will note that the state plans to have 16 Supercharger terminals included along the Turnpike.  Four terminals have already been installed and are operational at the Fort Drum Supercharger location, so there are now a total of 10.


    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 11, 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    One of our eagle-eyed members at the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the permitting documents of a new version 3 Supercharging Station in Marianna.  It will have 8 charging terminals.  This location is not yet displayed on the official Tesla Find Us map showing "Coming Soon" Supercharger Stations.

    It will be located at 2070 FL-71, Marianna, FL 32448, which will be in the rear parking lot of Dickey's Barbeque Pit.


    It's an excellent spot being located almost precisely between the DeFuniak Springs and Tallahassee Supercharger Stations.

    Here is a vicinity map: (For full-size images, right click on any image and open it in a new tab.)


    The public records show the plans for the station here are some excerpts:

    The Supercharger Station is located inside the dashed rectangle, just to the right of the the drive-thru lane of the restaurant.

    This is a detailed view of the Supercharger Station. Please note that the orientation is reversed from the previous image.  Refer to the notes below for a legend describing each of the elements of the Supercharger.


    When construction starts, if you work or live nearby, please 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

  • July 06, 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On July 5, 2020, despite the dubious forecast, the weather gods shone down on us and rewarded us with a gorgeous day. I want to thank Event Coordinator, Paul Einselen, for planning such a beautiful scenic drive and silent Tesla caravan. It was another perfect In-Car activity that was a safe way to escape the pandemic and get out of the house with fellow Tesla enthusiasts.

    We gathered at the Clearwater Mall and proceeded over the Courtney Campbell Causeway, then across the Howard Frankland Bridge, and finally over the Gandy Bridge. We then continued on to our final destination Davis Islands Beach.  

    I am happy to see that everyone practiced proper social distancing by wearing face masks and maintaining adequate distance from fellow club members.  We had about 15 Teslas and over 20 members (and one canine) participating in this fun activity.

    Here are some photos.



    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 Driver or a Virtual Meetup, 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

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