Public News

This Public News section of our website is a blog visible to the public and our members. It describes club events and news relevant to Tesla and electric vehicle owners living in or visiting Florida. The blog has a Comments feature that we made available to the public for a couple of months. Unfortunately, we were inundated with spam and inappropriate comments. As a result, we are forced to limit comments to our membership. Non-members can still view our news articles and the remarks submitted by our members, but we regret that they won’t be permitted to leave their own comments.

  • October 20, 2018 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Self-Driving Shuttle at Babcock Ranch planned community                                                   Source: Florida Weekly

    On October 13, 2018, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts were treated to a tour of Babcock Ranch, the city of the future.  The event was well-attended with over 40 members with their guests registering to attend. Following the tour we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Table & Tap, with farm-to-table dining.

    About Babcock Ranch
    Babcock Ranch is a new master-planned community under development on the Lee and Charlotte County line in Southwest Florida, about 15 miles northeast of Fort Myers. With 18,000 acres of land, Babcock Ranch is an area larger than Manhattan that will accommodate 19,000 homes and 50,000 residents when completed.

    With more than 340,000 solar panels in place, Babcock Ranch aims to be the first town in the U.S. powered solely by solar energy. In partnership with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Babcock Ranch donated 440 acres of land for a 74.5 mw solar facility. FPL created the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in the U.S. today. Each of the ten battery storage units at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center can store 1 megawatt of power and discharge for 4 hours. The new battery storage system ensures a steady output of power even on partly cloudy days.

    Residents will live in energy-efficient homes and use self-driving electric shuttles to get around. Alternative internal transportation systems employ advanced and developing technologies to provide environmentally-friendly ways to get around town. In addition to electric-powered, self-driving shuttles running along set routes, Babcock Ranch is an early implementation site for on-demand self-driving cars that you can schedule with an app on your smart phone.

    Here's some photos:

    Babcock Ranch provides EV destination charging.

    A Solar Tree

    We head out to the Solar Array with almost a full bus.

    Florida Power & Light built this observation deck from which to view the extent of the huge solar array.

    Part of the huge solar array.

    On the left are the 10 battery storage units undergoing testing.

    What a greating looking group!

    My wife poses with Jason Caissie, the leader of the Southwest Florida EV Owners Club.  Notice his electric scooter.  Jason and his wife are waiting to move into his new home  being built in Babcock Ranch.

    One of the autonomous shuttles drives a prescribed route.

    Onboard the autonomous shuttle.

    Dining at Table & Tap.

    Dining at Table & Tap.

    Dining at Table & Tap.

    Dining at Table & Tap.

    Slater’s Goods & Provisions is a market and café at Babcock Ranch that offers a farm-fresh menu.

    Here's a collection of random photos of our happy members.

  • October 19, 2018 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 29, 2018 Florida Tesla Enthusiasts celebrated the opening of the Altamonte Springs Supercharger Station with a meet-up and lunch in a private room at the nearby Seasons 52 Restaurant.  The event was open to the public and over 30 people registered for the event.  Various door prizes were awarded.  Here are some photos:

  • October 11, 2018 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vicinity map of Cobblestone Plaza, likely location of Pembroke Pines Supercharger Station with 16 Charging Terminals

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

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum recently discovered a permit for a "Tesla Charging Station" submitted on March 22, 2018 to the City of Pembroke Pines.  The address of the location is 14916 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines which corresponds to a Chase Bank in the Cobblestone Plaza Shopping Mall.  

    On this site plan the Chase Bank is located in the center of the property. Also located on the property is a Whole Foods grocery store.  Tesla seems to have an arrangement with Whole Foods in that lately Supercharger Stations are frequently sited near their grocery stores. [For a full-sized image, right click and open in a new tab.]

    The Tesla website's Find Us map lists a Pembroke Pines "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station targeted for the end of this year.  The vicinity map above of the Cobblestone Plaza shows that it is strategically located right off of I-75.

    Although the permit information doesn't explicitly use the words Supercharger Station, the language virtually confirms that this is a Supercharger Station with a mention of transformers, control panels, multiple charging stations, fault current, service equipment and control cabinets.  It also mentions 16 "charging posts".  As a result we are very confident that this is the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station.

    Apparently the permitting folks need more information from Tesla's Electrical Contractor and have denied the electrical application until it is forthcoming.

    Update as of May 31, 2018.

    Tesla's civil engineering plans were approved on May 31, 2018.

    Update as of June 29, 2018.

    It looks like the building permits were approved and initial work started in the parking lot. The photo below was provided by a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum.

    It appears the Superchargers will be located along the North edge of the parking lot parallel to Pines Blvd between Chase Bank and Whole Foods.

    The rectangle in the Google Street View below shows the location of the construction area for the Superchargers.

    Update as of October 11, 2018.

    The Pembroke Pines Supercharger Station is now operational with 16 - 120 kW charging terminals.

  • September 21, 2018 8:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Department of Motor Vehicles registration data for the second quarter 2018 shows that there were 29,433 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the state.  This total includes both fully battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electrics. Of that total, 13,037, or 44% were Teslas.  There were 45 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




    Tesla Model X  3 3,059  10.4%

    Nissan Leaf




    Tesla Model 3  5  1,747  5.9%

    Ford Fusion




    BMW i3




    Ford C-Max




    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid  9 940  3.2%

    Smart ForTwo




    Other (35 other Plug-Ins)








    Here's the top 10 Florida Counties ranked by number of registered Teslas.

    County Total Teslas Rank by # Teslas
    Dade  2,250 1
    Palm Beach  2,072 2
    Broward  1,759 3
    Orange    906 4
    Hillsborough     852 5
    Pinellas    593 6
    Collier     435 7
    Sarasota     434 8
    Duval    368 9
    Other 330 10

    Here's the top 10 Florida Counties ranked by number of Teslas per population.

    County Population Estimate (as of July 2017) Total Teslas Teslas per 10,000 County Rank per Population
    Palm Beach   1,414,144        2,072 14.7 1
    Collier      357,470           435 12.2 2
    Martin      153,022           176 11.5 3
    Sarasota      407,260           434 10.7 4
    St. Johns      229,715           230 10.0 5
    Broward   1,873,970        1,759 9.4 6
    Monroe        76,889            66 8.6 7
    Dade   2,743,095        2,250 8.2 8
    Walton        65,301            49 7.5 9
    Orange   1,313,880           906 6.9 10

  • September 11, 2018 5:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The status of this Supercharger Station will be periodically updated. Please scroll down to the bottom of this article for the latest update.

    It appears that Tesla is adding 8 additional charging terminals to the existing Plantation Supercharger Station.  

    Update as of July 18, 2018.

    It appears that Tesla's contractor has poured the concrete pad and stubbed out conduits for the future 4 Supercharger Cabinets.

    Update as of August 1, 2018.

    5 of 8 of the Supercharger Terminals for the expansion have been intalled.

    Update as of August 2, 2018.

    Here's a photo of the enclosure for the new Supercharger cabinets.

    All 8 of the new Supercharger terminals have now been installed. 

    Update as of September 11, 2018.

    All 16 charging terminals are now operational and are displayed on Tesla's Find Us web page and the navigation systems of the Tesla fleet.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 30, 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This article will be periodically updated. For the most current status information, please scroll down to the bottom.

    One of our club members has found the building permit for the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station in Jacksonville which is planned to open later this year according to Tesla's Find Us map.  It is located at 4866 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville.  Google lists this location as a Wawa gas station.

    Here is a vicinity map.  You'll notice that it is about one half mile from the existing Tesla Store in Jacksonville. It is located across Gate Parkway from the Markets at Town Center which is the final expansion phase of the St. Johns Town Center.

    We are not sure from the permit, but we believe this may be an 8-stall Supercharger Station.

    Update as of July 25, 2018.

    The above photo shows the high voltage switchgear on the left. The conduits stubbed up to the right of the switchgear is where the Supercharger Cabinets will go.

    Update as of August 11, 2018.

    The photo below shows four Supercharger Cabinets corresponding to eventually 8 charging terminals for this Supercharger Station.

    Update as of August 12, 2018.

    Two charging terminals have now been installed.

    Update as of August 30, 2018.

    Although the Tesla Find Us map and the navigation systems do not currently list this station as operational, it has been reported as being operational.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 26, 2018 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Saturday morning August 25th, we had a nice turnout of Tesla owners to celebrate the opening of the Tampa Hyde Park Supercharger Station location hosted by Winn-Dixie.  The event was organized by the Florida Tesla Enthusiasts club, but it was open to the public.

    We want to state how much our club, and the Tesla community in general, appreciates the environmental stewardship demonstrated by Winn-Dixie in hosting this Supercharger Station.

    In addition, in support of this event Winn-Dixie graciously provided a tent, coffee, water, mini donuts, Winn-Dixie gift cards, rewards coupons and a raffle. Their bakery chef wowed us with a fantastic car-shaped cake! I want to thank Steve Ashworth, their Event & Catering Coordinator, and Sal Cahill the Store General Manager for being such wonderful hosts.

    Following the photo opportunity at Winn-Dixie we had a delicious brunch/lunch at the nearby Ava restaurant in their private room.

    Here are some photos:

    Steve Ashworth, Winn-Dixie Event & Cathering Coordinator with our helpful barista.

    Sal Cahill, Winn-Dixie Store General Manager.

    Wow!  Our compliments to the chef!

  • August 20, 2018 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Drive Electric Week
    September 8–16, 2018

    National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

    Nearly 300 events will be held in communities across America, plus Canada and New Zealand. Visit the National Drive Electric Week website and register to attend an event near you!  

    The link above will take you to a map of events in North America.  Just zoom into Florida or enter your zip code or city in the search bar to find a location near you.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Cell: 941-504-0887


    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 07, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you may be aware, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal that would roll back the Clean Air Standards for combustion vehicles. It also proposes to revoke the authority of states to set greater limits on tailpipe emissions.  Such an ill-advised action would not only adversely affect public health, but it could inhibit the growth of electric vehicles.

    Below is an email that I received from Plug In America which asks us to take a stand against this proposal.  Our club's board of directors and I unanimously support their position and we encourage you to sign their petition.

    In the event that the petition form is pre-filled with my contact information, please make sure that you insert your information in its place.

    Thank you. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Dear Lawrence,

    It’s time to take a stand for the EV and cleaner cars. Today, the Trump Administration released a proposal that would roll back the clean car standards and freeze them until 2026. As if this wasn’t bad enough, the proposal also calls for revoking the authority of states like California and the 12 other states plus D.C. to set stronger limits on tailpipe pollution. This includes the zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate, the largest policy driver of EV sales today.

    This is a direct attack on the EV—sign this petition to defend the EV!

    The EPA claims that the ZEV standards are “technologically infeasible” and don’t give the automakers enough time to develop the necessary technology. The last time we checked, there were more makes and models of EVs in the market than ever before, and all automakers have announced the plans for more EVs to come in the next few years.

    Tell the EPA and Department of Transportation that you stand for EVs and clean cars!

    Plug In America will be joining a lawsuit to defend the EV from the devastating effects this proposal will have—not just on the EV market, but on clean air, national security, public health and the global climate. We can’t do this without your help, so please make a contribution to Plug In America today.

    Please share this petition as widely as you can.

    Thank you,
    The team at Plug In America

  • August 06, 2018 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Tesla Enthusiasts and the Southwest Florida EV Owners celebrated the opening of the the new 14-terminal Fort Myers Supercharger Station.

    We had a meet-up and an excellent lunch at the nearby Texas Roadhouse Restaurant.  

    Here's some photos.  What a good-looking group!


    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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