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  • April 16, 2018 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Leilani Munter, Tesla owner, Race Car driver, Environmental Activist; and Loretta Hildalgo Whitesides, co-founder Yuri's Night, author, astrobiologist, Virgin Galactic advisor, and Zero G flight director.

    Florida Tesla Enthusiasts was invited to attend the Yuri’s Night Space Coast 2018  party at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, April 13th.

    This event was sponsored by Yuri’s Night. Yuri's Night is a not-for-profit Space Enthusiasts club. Their mission is to use space to educate, inspire and bring the world a little closer together. Their organization was named after Yuri Gagarin, the first successful human space mission.

    This was their club’s flagship event and is fondly known as the largest space party on and off Earth. 

    The inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy and Elon’s Roadster generated a TON of excitement around space exploration and the advancements of technology, specifically around SpaceX and Tesla. The Yuri’s Night team wanted to capture that energy so they invited us to participate by displaying a Radiant Red Roadster like the one Elon put into Mars - Earth orbit. 

    The party lived up to its reputation.  Here are a few photos:

  • March 11, 2018 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Miami skyline

    Depending on the property, it can be very difficult for people living in Multi-Unit Dwellings to receive approval from Home Owner Associations (HOAs) or Condominium Associations to install home charging equipment even in dedicated parking spaces.

    There are a few approaches to take. Education of HOAs, Urban Fast Chargers/Superchargers, etc., but we believe that a legislative approach is probably the most direct means of addressing this issue.

    There was a time when people living in Multi-Unit Dwelling couldn’t even install equipment for video reception until a common-sense law was enacted. Likewise, we think that the time has come for a similar fair and common-sense law to be passed dealing with the this charging equipment issue.

    As a starting point, our club prepared draft legislative language to make it easier for condo owners to obtain permission from HOAs or condo associations to install home charging equipment.

    The idea was to require condominium associations to bargain in good faith with the unit owners concerning the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment.

    The unit owners would have to pay for the installation, maintenance, electricity and abide by reasonable architectural standards, etc. However, it would be illegal for the associations to have deeds, covenants, contracts, policies or standards etc., which expressly prohibit, or unreasonably restrict or increase the costs to install or use an electric vehicle charging station.

    State Representative Randy Fine & Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    For the last few months I have been in contact with State Representative Randy Fine. He is a Tesla owner and has personally experienced the problems of installing home charging at a condo that he was living in. He agreed to work with us to pass this type of legislation provided germane pending legislation could be found in which to a sponsor an amendment.

    In January I drove to Tallahassee to present this issue to members of Drive Electric Florida (DEF). Our club is a voting member in DEF. DEF is a coalition of electric vehicle (EV) stakeholder groups representing automakers, utilities, charging infrastructure providers, environmentalists, local government, universities, Clean Cities coalitions and EV enthusiast groups. It seeks to advance the energy, economic and environmental security of the state of Florida by promoting the growth of electric vehicle ownership and accompanying infrastructure.

    This is a very influential group of EV stakeholders and this particular meeting focused on legislative issues which effect EVs.  The DEF member companies sent their respective governmental affairs representatives to attend the session.

    I invited Rep Fine to attend and he provided short, but very meaningful remarks advocating his support of this issue. (Other legislators; State Senator Jeff Brandes and Rep Jason Fisher, were also in attendance, to address other pending EV-related legislation they are sponsoring.)

    During our celebration of the opening of the West Melbourne Superchargers, Representative Fine also discussed the Multi-Unit Dwelling charging issue.  If you have a Facebook account you can view his remarks here.  His remarks start at about 6 minutes 30 seconds into the video. (The video was provided by the Space Coast EV Drivers club.)

    Our club has been working on this issue, on and off, for quite some time. Unfortunately, there has not been much in the way of progress to report, up until now. I am happy to report that we found the appropriate, germane pending legislation upon which to add an amendment.  Representative Fine added language to House Bill 841, Community Associations, to address this issue, and on March 9th the bill passed, as amended, in both the House and Senate.

    As with anything in life, this amendment it is not perfect, but we now finally have a basis to pursue the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment in condominiums without arbitrary or unreasonable restrictions.

    I want to recognize the work done by both Representative Fine and Tesla's Policy and Business Development team working in Tallahassee to provide relief in this important area. 

    In Florida 30% of the residents live in multi-unit dwellings, and in some cities of high electric vehicle adoption the rate can be close to 60%.  As electric vehicles now begin to enter the mass market, this legislation will prove to be essential in maintaining the high rate of EV adoption in the state of Florida, along with the environmental and economic benefits associated with them.

    Update as of March 21, 2018:

    The bill has been signed by the legislative Officers and has been forwarded to the Governor for signature. He has until Thursday, April 5 to act on the bill.

    Update as of March 23, 2018:

    The Governor signed the bill into law!

    Update as of May 12, 2018:

    The law goes into effect July 1, 2018. It currently only applies to installing an electric charging station within the boundaries of the unit owner’s limited common element parking area.   The association must provide an easement across the common elements of the condominium property in support of such an installation.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 03, 2018 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Department of Motor Vehicles registration data for the third quarter 2017 shows that there were 22,125 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the state.  This total includes both fully battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electrics. Of that total, 8,555, or 39% were Teslas.  There were 36 different types of plug-in vehicles registered in the state.  Here is the ranking of the top 10.



    Number Registered


    Tesla Model S




    Chevy Volt




    Nissan Leaf




    Tesla Model X




    Ford Fusion




    BMW i3




    Ford C-Max




    Smart ForTwo




    BMW i8




    Toyota Prius Plug-In




    Other (26 other Plug-Ins)








    It is interesting to note that despite the cost of Teslas being two to three time the next second and third ranked plug-ins, the Tesla Model S ranked number one in the number of registrations.

  • January 24, 2018 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club member Jorge Sierra was featured on a guest blog posting on the EVANNEX Tesla News page.  

    Jorge discusses his reactions to the private unveiling of the Model 3 in Florida.


    Jorge also provided us with a video of Francoise Lavertu, Tesla's General Manager addressing those in attendance and providing a little news of "coming soon" developments.


  • January 23, 2018 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, Space Coast EV Drivers and the City of West Melbourne partnered to celebrate the opening of the West Melbourne Supercharger Station on January 20, 2018. The event was well-attended with an estimated couple hundred people joining in the celebration. Remarks were provided by Joshua Pritt, President of Space Coast EV Drivers; Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts; Hal Rose, Mayor of West Melbourne; John Tice, Duty Mayor of West Melbourne and State Representative Randy Fine.

    If you have a Facebook account, you can view a Facebook video of the remarks.

    SpaceX employee Ty Morton very graciously provided his Model 3 for display and permitted those in attendance to sit in his car.

    Here are some photos of the event:

    State Representative Randy Fine and Hal Rose, Mayor of West Melbourne

    Joshua Pritt, President of Space Coast EV Drivers & Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Hal Rose, Mayor of West Melbourne

    John Tice, Deputy Mayor of West Melbourne

    State Representative Randy Fine

    Brenda Boritzki, on left, is a member of both clubs and was instrumental in organizing this event.  Larry Chanin, on right, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts.

    Some of those in attendance.

    SpaceX employee Ty Morton graciously displayed his Model 3

    Here's a short Facebook video of Ty's reaction to his new Model 3.

    Here's some photos of Ty's Model 3:

  • January 06, 2018 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An alert member of the Tesla Motors Club forums recently discovered a New Tampa Supercharger Station under construction at the WAWA at 2502 N 50th St, Tampa, FL 33619, located at the corner of Columbus Drive and 50th Street, Tampa about 4 miles from the Tampa Service Center.

    The nearest “Coming Soon” Supercharger Station location according to the Tesla “Find Us” map is the Tampa FL – Hyde Park Station which is targeted for the end of 2018.  Hyde Park is about 6 miles from this location, so it is possible that this may be a new unadvertised station not listed on the Find Us map.

    This will be an 8 stall station.  All the charging terminals are installed as well as the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.  It would appear that the utility power transformer and meter have yet to be installed.

    This photo shows 3 of the 8 charging terminal and the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.

    Public records provide a Photographic Simulation of the site and Tesla construction drawings.

    Here is a portion of the Tesla drawings: (For a full-size image, right-click and open in a separate tab or window.)

    People checking this location for future progress should make a point of taking photos of the area shown on this drawing for the location of the transformer and meter for signs of work. It should be located on the grassy area near the existing storm drain.

    Update as of January 11, 2018:

    Utility transformer and meter cabinet have been set.  After the meter is installed in the meter cabinet the utility should be energizing the transformer.

    Update: As of February 24, 2018

    Although neither the Tesla website or navigation systems show this Supercharger Station as being operational, it has been demonstrated that Tesla owners have been able to charge.  

  • December 18, 2017 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The $7,500 federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit was not cut in the combined tax package legislation that Congress released on Friday. Below is the exact language , page 568 of the 1097 page document. You will note that for the present law "Qualified vehicles are subject to a 200,000 vehicle-per manufacturer limitation. Once the limitation has been reached the credit is phased down over four calendar quarters."

    Conference Agreement 

    The conference agreement does not include the House bill provision. 

    3. Repeal of credit for plug-in electric drive motor vehicles (sec. 1102(c) of the House bill and sec. 30D of the Code)

     Present Law 

    A credit is available for new four-wheeled vehicles (excluding low speed vehicles and vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more) propelled by a battery with at least 4 kilowatt-hours of electricity that can be charged from an external source.80 The base credit is $2,500 plus $417 for each kilowatt-hour of additional battery capacity in excess of 4 kilowatt-hours (for a maximum credit of $7,500). Qualified vehicles are subject to a 200,000 vehicle-per manufacturer limitation. Once the limitation has been reached the credit is phased down over four calendar quarters. 

    House Bill 

    The provision repeals the credit for plug-in electric drive motor vehicles. Effective date.−The provision is effective for vehicles placed in service in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017. 

    Senate Amendment 

    No provision. 79 Sec. 22(e)(3). 


    80 Sec. 30D. 

  • December 03, 2017 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It had been observed that during the construction of the Coral Gables Service Center, which should be opening soon, that Tesla had installed part of the infrastructure for an 8-stall Supercharger Station.

    However, it had also been reported on the online forums that Tesla had changed their mind about completing the onsite Supercharger Station.

    A recent visit to the construction site by a club member has confirmed that there will not be a Supercharger Station there for the foreseeable future since, as you can see in the photo above, the conduits installed to carry the cables have be capped off.

  • November 14, 2017 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A member of the Tesla Motors Forum has found the location of the “Coming Soon” Orlando Supercharger Station. The station is under construction at a Wawa at 6500 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819.

    It appears to be very strategically located.  Here is a vicinity map: (For a larger version of these images, right click images and open in a separate tab or window.)

    Here's some more progress:

    It apparently is going to be an 8-stall Supercharger Station.

    As of January 6, 2018:


    Utility power transformer was set on January 6, 2018.  No meter yet.

    Update as of March 9, 2018:

    Although the neither Tesla website, nor the navigation systems have been updated yet, nevertheless this Supercharger Station is now operational.

  • November 12, 2017 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Some people think autonomous vehicles  (AVs) must be nearly flawless before humans take their hands off the wheel. But RAND research shows that putting AVs on the road before they’re perfect improves the technology more quickly—and could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

    Why Waiting for Perfect Autonomous Vehicles May Cost Lives

    Michael DeKort is an engineer who is the Founder of Professionals for Safe and Responsible Autonomous Mobility. He’s also a member of the SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving Verification and Validation Task Force and a vocal critic of Tesla and Elon Musk’s approach to implementing autonomous vehicles. A month before the Rand article (linked above) was published he and I had a conversation on this very subject. Here is one of my comments to him.


    Thanks for reaching out. I have read some of your articles and while I am not a technical expert, I believe I understand the gist of your argument.

    Before I give my opinion, it might be helpful to provide you with a little background about my perspective. Yes, I am the president of a large Tesla enthusiasts club in Florida and not surprisingly I am an avid supporter of what Elon Musk is attempting to do in a number of areas, including autonomous vehicles.

    Paraphrasing the Chinese proverb, we Floridians in particular happen to live in interesting times with regard to the implementation of AV. I have never thought of Florida legislators and transportation officials as being progressive in their outlook. However, a few years ago I had the opportunity to hear one of our Secretaries of Transportation speaking on the subject of AV and I was frankly surprised to hear how much they are promoting its development.

    He went on to candidly state that due to the aging driving public that FDOT had essentially failed in its basic mission to reduce highway accidents and fatalities and they viewed AV as a means of reversing that trend. Likewise, the Chairman of the Florida Senate Transportation Committee and the Governor are also big proponents of AV. As a result, Florida has passed AV legislation that is the least restrictive in the country. I view that as a good thing in accelerating the development of AV, particularly for Tesla owners in Florida.

    Last year, immediately following the death of Joshua Brown in that terrible crash here in Florida, I was interviewed by a couple of national news reporters. They wanted to know if I had changed my attitude regarding Tesla’s Autopilot. I told them no, that in fact I had a Model 3 on order with Autopilot and I had no intention of cancelling that order.

    From early reports it appeared that Autopilot had encountered a situation in which it couldn’t “see” the truck. I told the reporters that even conceding that specific situation in which an engaged human would have done better than Autopilot, in terms of overall safety we need to consider the totality of driving situations. When using Autopilot as a driving assist feature, in my opinion there were going to be more situations whereby the system sees better, reacts faster, steers more accurately such that, in totality a Tesla with Autopilot engaged in conjunction with an engaged driver, is going to be safer than if it were turned off.

    As you know, months later, after reviewing the statistics, the NHTSA reached the same conclusion.

    I also told the reporters that Joshua was unfortunately too much of a Tesla enthusiast and was misguided in his trust of the technology. I explained that despite the questionable selection of the name, “Autopilot”, it definitely wasn’t self-driving and Joshua made a fatal mistake in treating it as if it were a fully autonomous vehicle. I said that a better name for the feature would have been “Driver Assist”.

    Both the NHTSA and the NTSB also agreed with my initial assessment that the driver was at fault in his unfounded, over-confidence in the level of installed technology. After recently reading the NTSB report, I also agree with them that Tesla’s implementation of Autopilot, with limited driver warnings, played a major factor in the fatality.

    Earlier this year I traded my four-year-old Tesla in for a new model with Autopilot. I also paid the additional $8,000 for the hardware and the eventual software for promised full autonomy. I have no illusions about the rudimentary current version of Autopilot. I use it exclusively in highway situations with no intersections. It excels in stop-and-go traffic. I don’t use it on exit ramps, or on secondary roads.

    Last week while my wife and I were driving on the highway she asked me, “Is she [meaning Autopilot] driving?” My response was, “No, the three of us are driving.” What I meant was that before I upgraded my car to Autopilot, driving was a collaboration between my wife and myself. We are both over 70 and now at our stage of life it frankly helps to have more than one set of eyes on the road. So even before Autopilot I was already driving in Shadow Mode with my wife providing “Driver Assist”.

    Returning to your basic question, even with the current basic version of the Autopilot software, I view it as a valuable safety feature when used as it was intended and for certain currently limited driving situations (highways for now). Inherent in this view is that the driver must take full responsibility for his/her actions and be fully engaged in their driving just as if Autopilot weren’t engaged. Some may say, “Well if I can’t relax behind the wheel what is the point of engaging Autopilot?” The answer is simple, there are going to be driving situations, especially for older drivers, whereby Autopilot is going to react faster than a human and mitigate an accident.

    Some may say, “But won’t some people misuse the feature or fall asleep and die in fatal crashes along with their children?” Yes, absolutely. We can’t help that. The relevant question is, “When applied to the entire population of drivers, statistically is it safer to engage Autopilot or not? Experts can make recommendations to our legislators as to what that threshold should be, 2 times safer, 5 times safer, 10 times safer? However, everyone should recognize that many adults and children will die while we wait to implement “perfect” solutions.

    Regarding AI Simulations versus Shadow Driving versus Test Tracks, I don’t view this as a pick-one-approach situation. I believe that multiple approaches should be used. As a layperson I am not qualified to speak to the ideal mix, but I believe that it is likely, especially here in Florida, that more lives will be lost by unduly deferring the implementation of AI by relying solely on simulations.


    Lawrence Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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