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  • 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.

    Vehicle

    Rank

    Number Registered

    %

    Tesla Model S

    1

             8,181

    27.8%

    Chevy Volt

    2

             3,802

    12.9%

    Tesla Model X  3 3,059  10.4%

    Nissan Leaf

    4

             2,133

    7.2%

    Tesla Model 3  5  1,747  5.9%

    Ford Fusion

    6

             1,579

    5.4%

    BMW i3

    7

             1,285

    4.4%

    Ford C-Max

    8

             1,057

    3.6%

    Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid  9 940  3.2%

    Smart ForTwo

    10

                879

    3.0%

    Other (35 other Plug-Ins)

     11-45

             4,771

    16.2%

    TOTAL

     

          29,433

    100%


    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
    lfchanin@gmail.com


  • 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
    lfchanin@gmail.com

  • August 28, 2018 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New "Coming Soon" West Palm Beach Service at 5544 Okeechobee Blvd.

    An article in the Palm Beach Post on August 16, 2018 indicates that the West Palm Beach Service Center and Store will be moving to a new larger location also in West Palm Beach.  The article doesn’t provide any target dates for occupancy. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the article:

    “Pebb [Enterprises] also just finished building Tesla’s new showroom and service center, at 5544 Okeechobee Blvd., just east of the Turnpike. The next step is interior construction of the electric car dealership, which will be a flagship Tesla location, one of a new breed of standalone Tesla centers being built. (The location will replace a small, out-of-the-way dealership and service center at 4651 Dyer Rd. in West Palm Beach. Tesla also has small showrooms at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens and the Town Center mall in Boca Raton.)”

    We think that it is possible that the current Dyer Road location will remain open to support Certified Preowned Tesla operations.  The Supercharger Station located there will likely remain open too.

    I’ve checked the public records to validate the article. It appears to be accurate. In July 2017 the property was purchased by Accelerated Investments from Schumacher Auto Group for $5,000,000.

    Shortly after Accelerated Investments purchased the property, they hired a Civil Engineering firm to draw up plans to demolish some buildings on the site, renovate others and do reworking of the site to remove asphalt and concrete in preparation of for repaving of parking. 

    For a full-sized image, right-click on the image below and open it in a separate tab.


    Accelerated Investments remains the owner of record and has some permits for signage, etc. that are still in-process according to the online building permits system. (Accelerated Investments has the same business address as Pebb Enterprises.)

    One permit application for interior improvements is listed for Tesla as a “Tenant Build-Out”.  Tesla started the permit application process in September 2017.  To date the interior improvements permit has not been issued.  The last activity on May 15, 2018 indicated that permit issuance was suspended, probably because Tesla has not yet assigned a contractor for the project.  There also appears to a couple of minor questions from the Fire Inspector that remain unanswered by Tesla according to the online public records.

    There has been some speculation on online forums that this location could support the installation of a new public Supercharger Station which would be located less than a mile from the Florida Turnpike.  However, we have a credible, but unconfirmed rumor, that the “Coming Soon” Supercharger Station at West Palm Beach, planned for this year, will be located at the PDQ Restaurant at 2015 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, just three miles from this new location.  If correct, the PDQ site would be conveniently located right off of I-95. 

    It has been reported on online forums that Tesla expects to move into the new location this Fall. However, although there has been much renovation activity by the owner of the property, so far there isn’t much in the way of available information regarding Tesla’s actions, such as hiring a contractor, that would reinforce the idea that they will be ready to move in by the Fall of this year.  Nevertheless, if Tesla was highly motivated it might still be possible.

  • 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.

    Regards,

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Cell: 941-504-0887

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    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

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    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
    lfchanin@gmail.com

  • August 04, 2018 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Site Map of Renaissance Centre, location of new Supercharger Station in Altamonte Springs under construction.

    Back in August 2017 the following was reported on Facebook, “Altamonte Springs GMD (Growth Management Department) county official confirms location in Renaissance shopping center near Whole Foods!!!! However, while expected to be approved, it hasn't been approved yet due to landscaping delay. They said "3 weeks is very optimistic". When asked if it will be before end of year, "probably the approval".

    Since then there had been no activity until last week when the following photo was posted on Facebook demonstrating that construction has started next to the Ulta Store at Renaissance Centre in Altamonte Springs.


    This Site Inspection Record clearly describes Tesla Charging Stations which correspond to Tesla's Find Us web page listing an Altamont Springs, FL "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station.

    As of March 6, 2018:


    This recent photo shows that there will be 8 charging stalls.

    Update as of March 30, 2018.


    Charging terminals installed, but still covered.

    Update as of April 29, 2018:

    Recent photos suggest that the Tesla contractor has completed its portion of the work, but so far no one has seen signs of any utility work such as power transformer, cable pole, meter cabinet, etc.  Below are photos of the enclosure  housing the 4 Tesla Supercharger Cabinets and the 2 high voltage switchgear cabinets. 

       


    Update as of May 31, 2018.

    On May 26, 2018 it was reported on the Tesla Motors Club forum that the Superchargers were working even though the station was not listed as operational on the Tesla website.  It was also reported that the charging parking spaces were heavily ICEd.  It was noted that Tesla had not yet installed any signage.  Shortly afterward the power to the Supercharger Station was disconnected. 

    Above photo show severe ICEing presumably resulting from the absence of Tesla signage.

    One of our club members visited the station and spoke to a Tesla technician on site. The technician stated that the power was being disconnected due to technicalities related to permitting from the City.  Subsequently,  a local resident brought the situation to the attention of the Altamonte Springs local government and received the following email from the Assistant to the City Manager. (For a full-sized version of the email below, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)


    The initial response from the City is not encouraging and suggests that there may never be Tesla signage limiting general parking unless their position changes.  I have sent an email to the Tesla describing the issue and requesting feedback.  I have not yet received a response.

    Update as of August 4, 2018.

    The Altamonte Springs Supercharger Station is operational and this time it appears to be permanent since the Tesla Find Us map and the navigation systems of the Tesla fleet display the station.  Unfortunately, currently there still is no Tesla signage and the station is heavily ICEd as can be seen in the photo below. 


    Tesla informs me, "We are aware of the ICE-ing at Altamonte and will be addressing accordingly."


    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 01, 2018 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE FOR PERIODIC UPDATES:

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum has discovered the location of the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station at Tampa - Hyde Park.  In searching the online permit records for the City of Tampa he was successful in locating a building permit for a 10 stall Supercharger Station to be located in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie supermarket at 2100 W Swann Ave, Tampa

    Below is a vicinity map.  It is located near the Selmon Crosstown Expressway and about 5 miles south of I-275.


    Based on the plans submitted by Tesla for the permit, the red rectangle in the Google street view below of the Winn-Dixie parking shows where the charging stalls will be located.


    Based on the permit notes it appears that the construction plans have been approved, a building permit was issued on May 31st, 2018 and the project has just begun to enter the inspection phase. 

    Update as of June 14, 2018.

    Construction has started in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.


    Update as of June 21, 2018.

    Construction is coming along nicely the 5-Supercharger Cabinets and high voltage switchgear have been installed and 8 of the planned 10 charging terminals have been set.



    Update as of June 29, 2018.

    It looks like all of Tesla's contractors major work is done. All the Supercharger cabinets, high voltage switchgear, the 10 charging terminals and the utility meter cabinet have been installed.  It now remains for the utility equipment to be installed.  

    To view a larger version of the photos, right click on the images and open them in a separate tab.


    Update as of July 26, 2018.


    The City of Tampa issued the Certificate of Completion on July 26, 2018. We expect this Supercharger Station to be operational any day now.

    Update as of August 1, 2018.

    Although the Tesla Find Us map and the the Tesla fleet's navigation systems do not currently show this Supercharger Station as being operation, it has been reported on the Tesla Motors Club forum that the station is in fact operational.

    If you live in the area, please visit the location and send me a photo demonstrating that your car is charging. Thanks.

    Larry Chanin
    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts
    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

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