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  • April 28, 2019 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Photo Credit: Andrew Roddy

    Tesla Motors Club forum member Andrew Roddy has discovered another new Tesla Service Center in Pensacola

    Photo credit: Andrew  Roddy                                 Address: 175-B East  Olive Road, Pensacola.

    Here is a vicinity map.



    I am informed by Tesla that this Service Center location still needs lift installation and a few other components before opening.

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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • April 28, 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    For current status, please scroll to the bottom of this article.

    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.)”

    The Dyer Road location mentioned in the news article currently remains open to support Certified Preowned Tesla operations.  The Supercharger Station collocated there is now used to support Dyer Road opperations and its location has been removed from the navigation systems of the Tesla owner fleet.

    There has been some speculation on online forums that this new Service Center location could also support the installation of a new public Supercharger Station which would be located less than a mile from the Florida Turnpike.  However, a new Supercharger Station was completed last December just 8 miles away from this future Service Center. (New “Coming Soon” West Palm Beach Supercharger Station discovered under construction [Now operational] (Public)  Therefore, it is unlikely that a public Supercharger Station will be collocated there.

    I’ve checked the public records to validate the news article. It is 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. They have the same business address as Pebb Enterprises.

    Update as of April 28, 2019.

    Review of public building permit records show that an application for Tenant Build-Out (Tesla ) was applied for in September 2017. Then in May 2018 it was approved and immediately suspended by the permitting system, probably because a contractor hadn't been assigned to the project.  On November 2018 the application was voided for being inactive for more that 184 days. 

    Subsequently, in 2018 numerous permits were initiated by the owner of the property, Accelarated Investments, on behalf of various trades. Theses include interior demolition and alterations, electrical, roofing, fire alarms and sprinkers, landscaping, plumbing, lighting, irrigation, etc. This may have eliminated the need for the initial Tenant Build-Out permit application that was voided. Some permits were completed and some remain active.  Notably there are several active permits for Tesla signage, again confirming that Tesla is going to be the tenant.


    The absence of any Tesla signage on the building or on the front door suggests that Tesla has not yet taken control of the building to utilize approved signage permits. 


    A club member reports that the main electric meter was recently installed.  Prior to this permits were issued for temporary and emergency power to support construction activities.


    Without additional photos of the interior it will be impossible to accurately guess when this Service Center will be operational.  If you happen to live nearby, please periodically take high resolution photos through the windows and send them to me. Refer to my email address below.


    If you are interested in learning more 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

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  • April 26, 2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tesla has only had access to the new Sarasota Service Center for a short time to convert it for use.  While we were visiting the electricians continue to work.  We were told that the floors will be resurphased and obviously a lot more equipment has yet to be installed. 

    Earlier this month I had occasion to contact Mark LaPlant, the Manager of the Tesla Tampa Service Centers regarding a Tampa matter.  He casually mentioned that he had been out of the office on a project for Elon. Although I certainly was curious, out of courtesy I didn’t press him on the comment. Little did I know at the time that the project in question was going to greatly benefit current and future Tesla owners living in and nearby the Sarasota area.

    Last year Elon had gone on record via Twitter of having reviewed Tesla’s service locations in North America and had come to the realization that there was a need to quickly expand Service Center coverage. It turns out that Mark and his boss, Gus Cobeaga, Regional Service Manager, had been pursuing a new Service Center in Sarasota and recently got the “Okay” from Elon. Since I live in Sarasota, for purely selfish reasons, I am sure glad that Elon listened to Mark and Gus. ;-)

    Seriously, this is a very sound decision because it builds off of the presence of a Tesla Store in Sarasota and the significant ownership base that already exists here.  Likewise having an existing 20-stall Supercharger Station in Sarasota is helpful for prospective new Tesla owners who live in condos or rental units where obtaining permission to install a home charger may be problematic. 

    The point is that having this threesome of a Store, a Service Center, and a large Supercharger Station all in Sarasota will serve to drive demand because it alleviates any reservations prospective owners in the area may have about the convenience of a buying, servicing or charging a Tesla (even if they can't install a home charger).

    So, two days ago when Mark invited me to join him for a soft opening of a new Sarasota Service Center I was naturally pleasantly surprised and very excited.  He also gratiously permited me to invite our club members who live in Sarasota.  About two dozen expressed an interest in dropping by today. From the smiles on their faces you can see that they are enthusiastic as well.

    Mark says that they have already selectively been taking a few cars for service, but he estimates that they won't be fully operational for at least a week or more.  There's a lot of work to do, but Mark's an old hand at this. 

    The service center is located at:

    5231 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

    Here's a vicinity map.

    For full-sized images of any of the photos, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.

    The service center is located off of exit #205 on I-75.  (As you can see, Google obligingly informs me that it will only take me 14 minutes to drive there from home!)

    Here are some photos:

    Address: 5231 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota


    One lift had been installed, more to come.


    Two Tesla Wall Connectors have been installed, more to come.


    There are two overhead doors providing access to the facility


    The future lobby area has quite a bit of space.


    Yes, it has a restroom.

    Mark LaPlant, Service Manager for the Tampa and Sarasota Service Centers (in the middle).  Early arrival club members on the left and Tesla Service techs on the right.


    Mark LaPlant on the right.  Happy Sarasota club members on the left.


    Before going to the Service Center.


    After going to the Service Center.

    Full disclosure: it's not likely that the Service Center will be doing body repairs. Actually, this is a photo of club member Pete Borras, who is also the owner of the Tesla Studio in Tampa and First Impression Premeir Auto Detail in Sarasota (Pete is a Master Detailer and Paint Correction Specialist.)  Pete unfortunately was in an accident with his Model 3 as seen in the previous photo. Fortunately, he was not hurt and here he is with his back-up Model 3.


    More photos of happy club members from Sarasota:



    If you are interested in learning more 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

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  • April 21, 2019 1:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weather was great for the Electrify Sarasota Earth Day celebration at the Florida House Institute.  The 45 registered EV owners, half of which owned Teslas, reported 1,087,983 electric miles driven. 

    Our club member Zach Sharek was featured on local news. 

    Electric Vehicle expo in Sarasota

    About 8 years ago, when Zach was a precocious 11-year old, he and his dad Chris Sharek, also a club member, were the first early adopters and vocal EV advocates in Sarasota. At the time Chris had just purchased a Chevy Volt and the two of them would give impromptu talks to the public on the virtues of going electric. I recall how young Zach would earnestly explain how he was going to take really good care of his dad’s Volt because when he reached driving age it would be his. A few years ago, Chris purchased his Tesla Model S and sure enough Zach inherited the Volt. How time flies, but it was so good to see them still both at this event in their respective EVs!

    Here's some photos of the event and of a little club meet-up we had after the Earth Day event at a great local pizzeria.



  • April 18, 2019 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ARTICLE FOR PERIODIC UPDATES: (To view full-sized images, right click the image and open it in a new tab.)

    As you may be aware, the Tesla Find Us web page has listed a “Coming Soon” Gainesville Supercharger Station for some time now. 

    For those of you that live near Gainesville, please keep a lookout for Supercharger construction activity at Butler Town Center in Gainesville.  We have received credible, but unsubstantiated reports, that the future Gainesville Supercharger Station may be located there.

    Butler Town Center is currently under construction. It is comprised of Butler Plaza and Butler North which are existing huge shopping areas that are strategically located right off of I-75. One of the new expansions is a Whole Foods grocery store which is due to open this month.  As you may know, there has been a recent trend for Supercharger Stations to be sited near Whole Foods locations. 

    In attempting to confirm our suspicions that Butler Town Center might be the location of a new Supercharger Station, one of the members of the Tesla Motors Club forums contacted the mall management and received the following response:

    While we can’t confirm the details, we are working with a charging station company to install stations at Butler since it is right off the busiest interstate exit in Gainesville—we too feel it’s a great fit! We can confirm however that Whole Foods has added car charging stations to their parking lot—which will charge any brand of car (technically—but maybe slow for Teslas).

    We will be releasing all the details soon once the arrangement is fully finalized.”

    Here’s a map of the location:


    Update as of May 7, 2018:

    I had a Facebook messenger exchange with Butler management. In response to my inquiry about the number of chargers at Whole Foods, their response was:

    Shop at Butler Whole Foods has installed two electric car charging stations, and more announcements to come!

    I believe that the "more announcements to come!" remark is likely to be an announcement about the Superchargers. It is Tesla's practice to ask their host locations not to reveal or confirm Supercharger locations until the installation is operational. So we shouldn't be unduly disappointed if the Butler folks couldn't expressly state that a Supercharger Station is coming. The fact that they consistently state that there are more announcements or more details coming, to me is a very good sign.

    Update as of June 18, 2018.

    One of our club members has located the official permit. As you can see the permit request was filed on June 1, 2018 and is for a 10 terminal Supercharger Station at the 3217 SW 35th Blvd, Gainesville, which is the main address for Butler Plaza North Town Center.  



    Update as of December 11, 2018:

    Butler Enterprises has stated that soon Butler Town Center in Gainesville will be hosting a Tesla Supercharger Station. They also invited our club members and the public to join them on December 8th at their First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in which Santa arrived in style in a Tesla Model X.


    The Gainesville Sun reported on the event and discussed the Supercharger Station.  Here are some excerpts from the article:

    Tesla’s 10 charging stations are expected to be operational in January

    Gainesville is a welcome pit stop for many motorists heading by on I-75, but soon Tesla drivers will have an option to recharge their vehicles as they shop.

    Butler Enterprises announced Saturday during the Town Center holiday tree lighting that it has partnered with Tesla, which specializes in electric car manufacturing, to bring 10 Tesla Supercharger stations to Gainesville.

    Mary Reichardt, Butler’s corporate director of marketing, said the charging stations will be located in the parking lot west of Whole Foods, 3490 Archer Road, and behind Chili’s.

    Reichardt said the charging stations located in Butler Town Center will be “a convenient stop off the interstate” for traveling Tesla owners.

    They will be the first Supercharger stations in Gainesville. The closest currently are in Lake City and Ocala...

    ...Tesla is now working with the city of Gainesville on permitting, and hopes to begin and complete the charger stations in January.

    The Tesla announcement was made in holiday-fashion, Reichardt said, as a Santa arrived at the Butler Town Center block party in a Tesla Model X, which launched into a festive music and lights show.

    Comment: The article states that Tesla hopes to start and complete the Supercharger Station in January.  While it may be possible to build a station in four weeks, in my opinion the likelihood of obtaining an approved permit, starting and completing construction and obtaining inspection approvals in just four weeks is extremely unlikely.  Note that Tesla's initial permit application expired on November 28, 2018.

    After Tesla obtains a permit and breaks ground, for those living nearby, please check the parking lot east of the Bonefish Grill (in the red area of the map above) for signs of construction and send me high resolution photos of the progress.


    Update as of February 12, 2019:

    As of February 12, 2019, the online permitting system still does not yet show that a permit has been issued, but the permit application records show an email exchange that suggests permit approval is imminent. The email is an exchange between the Site Acquisition Manager with Black & Veatch, Tesla's engineering and construction firm that is responsible for designing, site assessment and permitting of Supercharger Stations, and the Gainesville Chief Plans Examiner. The Site Acquisition Manager is inquiring regarding the status of the building permit and the Plan Examiner is responding that he is working on the permit, but General Liability & Worker Comp Certificates for the Tesla contractor performing the work are still required.

    One of our club members and members of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forums have provided photos showing the fencing, barricades, etc. in the location mentioned by Butler’s corporate director of marketing previously reported.  That is, it is located in the parking lot west of Whole Foods, 3490 Archer Road, east of the Bonefish Grill and behind Chili’s.  Although we do not yet see any Tesla equipment, one TMC member reported that when he visited the site that he spoke with an installer who said the site is definitely for the Tesla Superchargers.

    It appears to me that the staging of this fencing and barricades is in preparation for the permit, but in the absence of a permit Tesla's contractor hasn't broken ground yet.

    Here are some photos of the staging provided to me by our club member. 



    Based on the photos provided to me, below are two Google views providing an orientation of where I thinks the charging stalls will go relative to the various landmarks in the shopping mall.

    The Google view of the parking lot shows the previous layout. It has since been improved to install a sidewalk adjacent to the where the charging stall will be aligned.

    This Google street view shows where the charging stalls will go in relation to the Bonefish Grill, Whole Foods and Chilli's.

    Update as of February 15, 2019:

    A permit for this project was issued today (February 15, 2019).


    Update as of February  24, 2019.

    Tesla's contractor broke ground on the Gainesville Supercharger Station on or around February 17, 2019.  I want to thank our club members and members of the Tesla community for providing the following photos.



    Uncharacteristically, at this location Tesla is actually advertising this future station with a large banner seen toward the left of this photo. (For a full-sized image of this photo, right click and open the image in a new tab.)



    A close-up of Tesla's banner announcing the opening of a new Supercharger Station.


    Four of the ten future charging terminals.


    All ten of the future charging terminals.

    Update as of March 3, 2019.

    More progress.

    A small manhole (handhole) will be set over these conduits and cable will be pulled from across the street to this location and then to the individual charging terminals.  (I had initially erroeously thought that the Supercharger Cabinets would be set over these conduits.)


    The 10 charging terminals have been set in concrete.



    In zooming and cropping the previous photo, you can more clearly see the high voltage switchgear, the dark gray cabinets in clear plastic, in front of one of the Supercharger Cabinets, in the back with a light grey protective covering.

    Update as of March 6, 2019.


    Here are the 5 Supercharger Cabinets.



    The labeling shows that these Superchargers are version 2, 135 kW.  (Tesla will be releasing the new version 3 Superchargers with a capacity of 250 kW.)


    Update as of March 15, 2019.

    Four of the ten charging terminals have been installed. This photo shows three of them.


    Update as of March 16, 2019.


    This is the same locations shown 6 photos above.  A handhole has been set over the conduits, which have been cut back below grade. The hole has been backfilled and a small tree planted in the "green space".  Some of the cabling from the charging terminals may have been pulled into the handhole.  It is expected that additional cables from the Supercharger Cabinets will also be pulled into this handhole to connect to the charging terminal cables.


    The white boxes on the left are autotransformers.  Since the feed to the charging terminals will be coming from across the street, to compensate for the voltage drop, the autotransformers will be used to slightly boost the voltage coming out of each Supercharger Cabinet.



    Across the street from the location of the charging terminals is the utility power transformer.  Placed near the transformer will be the high-voltage switchgear and Supercharger Cabinets.   This is located behind the Chilli's (red building to the right).



    These conduits are across the street from the charging terminals and are located to the right of the transformer in the previous photo.  The conduits in the foreground will go to the high-voltage switchgear and cabling in these conduits will connect to the transformer.  In the background are the conduits for the 5 - Supercharger Cabinets.  A concrete pad will be poured over the conduits.

    Update as of March 22, 2019.


    This photo was taken from the vantage point of the rear of the Chilli's restaurant.  In the foreground are the forms and steel reinforcement for the concrete pad that will be poured around the conduits.  The Supercharger Cabinets and high-voltage Switchgear will be set over the conduits. To the right is the utility power transformer.  On the other side of the street, behind the fencing and banner the 10 charging terminals are located.


    Update as of March 26, 2019.


    All 10 charging terminals have been installed.


    Update as of March 29, 2019.


    The Tesla contractor poured the concrete slab and set the high-voltage switchgear (grey boxes) on it.



    Here's the view from the other side.  The switchgear is on the left.  To the right the Supercharger Cabinets will be set over the conduits that are stubbed out above the concrete slab.


    Update as of March 31, 2019.


    The 5 Supercharger Cabinets have been set on the concrete pad. There are 5 sets of three large conduits stubbed out of the pad. I believe that the 5 autotransformers will be set over them.  


    Update as of April 4, 2019.


    The 5 autotransformers have been installed.


    Update as of April 8, 2019.


    The construction fencing around the installation has been removed.  The meter cabinet has been mounted on a concrete pole.  It would appear that all that remains prior to energizing is to install the meter in the meter cabinet.



    The 10 charging terminals look ready to go.  The parking spaces could use some parking stops to prevent accidentally backing into the terminals.


    Update as of April 16, 2019.


    As of about 4 pm today (April 16, 2019) the meter has been installed, but the station has not yet been energized. Hopefully it will be soon. 


    Update as of April 17, 2019.

    The Gainesville Supercharger Station is now operational.


    The Gainesville Supercharger Station was energized sometime last night April 17, 2019.  Note the Tesla lights on the charging terminals are lit.


    This photo was taken this morning April 18, 2019.


    I want to thank those who provided photos of the construction progress.  Particular thanks go to club member Eugenio for his numerous contributions.

    Thanks.

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

    A small manhole (handhole) will be set over these conduits and cable will be pulled from across the street to this location and then to the individual charging terminals.  (I had initially erroeously thought that the Supercharger Cabinets would be set over these conduits.)
  • April 11, 2019 4:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Department of Motor Vehicles registration data for year-end 2018 shows that there were 37,776 plug in electric vehicles registered in the state.  This total includes both fully battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electrics. Of that total, 20,246, or 54% were Teslas.  There were 51 different types of plug in vehicles registered in the state. 

    Here is the ranking of the top 10 Plug In Vehicles. Please note that Teslas took the top three rankings even over less expense plug in vehicles. 


    Plug In Vehicle Rank Number Registered %
    Tesla Model S 1         8,943 24%
    Tesla Model 3 2         7,329 19%
    Tesla Model X 3         3,924 10%
    Chevy Volt 4         3,667 10%
    Nissan Leaf 5         2,012 5%
    Ford Fusion 6         1,654 4%
    BMW i3 7         1,368 4%
    Ford C-Max 8         1,073 3%
    Smart EQ fortwo 9            887 2%
    BMW i8 10            668 2%
    41 other Plug Ins 11-51         6,251 17%
    Grand Total         37,776 100%


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


    County Rank Registered Teslas %
    Dade 1           3,288 16%
    Palm Beach 2           2,884 14%
    Broward 3           2,796 14%
    Orange 4           1,588 8%
    Hillsbourgh 5           1,366 7%
    Pinellas 6              901 4%
    Collier 7              646 3%
    Sarasota 8              613 3%
    Duval 9              573 3%
    Seminole 10              490 2%
    Remaining Counties 11-67           5,101 25%
    Grand Total           20,246 100%


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


    County Rank

    Population Estimate (as of July 2017) 

    Registered Teslas Teslas per 10,000 Population
    Palm  Beach 1      1,414,144          2,884      20.4
    Collier 2         357,470             646      18.1
    Martin 3         153,022             247      16.1
    St. Johns 4         229,715             361      15.7
    Sarasota 5         407,260             613      15.1
    Broward 6      1,873,970          2,796      14.9
    Monroe 7           76,889             102      13.3
    Orange 8      1,313,880          1,588      12.1
    Dade 9      2,743,095          3,288      12.0
    Seminole 10         454,757             490      10.8
    Remaining Counties 11-67     11,459,940          7,231       6.3
    Grand Total     20,484,142        20,246 100%


  • February 14, 2019 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Most of the planned 14 Supercharging terminals have been installed. 

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

    A number of our club members have discovered the “Coming Soon” Union Park Supercharger Station under construction at the at Waterford Lakes Town Center near the Regal Cinemas in the parking lot of The Social House restaurant (435 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828).

    Here is a vicinity map. (For a full sized images right click on the images and open them in a new tab.)


    Here are some photos of the installation.



    From photos taken it appears that there will be 14 – 120 kW charging terminals. As of December 2, 2018, most of the charging terminals were installed, 7 Supercharger Cabinets (white cabinets) and the high voltage switchgear (grey cabinets) have also been installed.  

    The utility has yet to set the concrete pad, power transformer and install the meter.

    The annual carnival is being set up in the same parking lot so the Supercharger Station is currently totally blocked off. It is therefore unlikely that any additional utility work will proceed for a while.

    Update as of January 20, 2019:

    It looks like Tesla's contractor has completed its work and the local utility has set the power transformer.  The only thing that appears to be required is the installation of the meter in the meter cabinet.



    Update as of February 14, 2019.

    The Union Park Supercharger Station is now operational.




  • February 13, 2019 12:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    Tesla owners posting on social media have discovered a new Supercharger Station under construction at a Winn-Dixie grocery store in Riverview.  What is interesting about this discovery is that you will notice that it is not currently listed on the official Tesla Find Us map. The Winn-Dixie store is located at 10665 Big Bend Rd, Riverview, FL 33579.

    Here is a vicinity map.

    Recently Tesla seems to be clustering a number of Supercharger Stations in urban areas.  The Tampa area has received several stations.


    Judging from the number of Supercharger cabinets at the construction site it appears that this station will have 10 charging terminals.

    Here are 5- Supercharger cabinets and 3- high voltage switchgear cabinets.

    Update as of January 10, 2019:

    Trenching and conduits for charging terminal. Contractors set Supercharger Cabinets and high  voltage switchgear on concrete pad.


    A couple of the charging terminal have been installed.


    Update as of February 13, 2019.

    10 Supercharging terminal are now operational

    Here is a photo of the first Tesla to charge at this new Supercharger Station.  Currently this station is not displayed on Tesla navigation screens nor is it shown on the Tesla Find Us map.


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

  • February 03, 2019 6:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    177 people registered for this popular event.

    On February 3rd this was a very successful, free Cars & Coffee type event, that included an exclusive meet and greet with Trevor Page, Founder of Model 3 Owners Club. Trevor came all the way from Toronto to meet the Tesla community here in sunny Florida. He spoke about the Model 3 and did a brief Q&A with the crowd.

    Other special guests included, Eric Camacho & Ian Pavelko (Model 3 Owners Club Podcast), Michael Bodner (Teslatunity on YouTube), and Rafael Santoni (TesLatino on YouTube). In addition to being a the host of a popular YouTube channel, Michael is a member of our club and serves on one of our event committees in the Southeast Region.


    Special guests: Ian Pavelko, Eric Camacho, Trevor Page, Michael Bodner and Rafael Santoni  


    Here's a link to EVANNEX's coverage of the event complete with a gallery of photos:

    EVENT RECAP: TESLA OWNERS INDULGE IN SOME 'CARS AND COFFEE' WITH MODEL 3 EXPERT

    EVBite, an online magazine that covers developments in the electric vehicle industry, also covered this event.  Although the title of the article was a bit of a "head-scratcher", they nevertheless covered the event nicely.

    WE WENT TO A TESLA CULT MEETING SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO


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


  • January 22, 2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Note: Last night (January 21, 2019) when I initially published this article, the Florida Supercharger rate posted on the official Tesla website was $ .31 per kWh which was a 41% increase over the previous rate of $. 22 per kWh. Today (January 22, 2019) Tesla revised their website and the current posted rate is now $ .28 per kWh, a 27% increase. This article has been revised to incorporate the current Supercharger rate as of January 22, 2019. 

    Recently Tesla increased the rates to Supercharge in Florida by 27 %. For illustrative purposes I’ve calculated the dollars per mile to drive a long-range Model 3 (non-performance), a 100D Model S and a 100D Model X when being charged for Supercharging versus charging at home.  I also calculated what the minimum mpg of a gasoline vehicle would have to be to match the Tesla costs for each of these three examples using the current average cost of gasoline in Florida versus the current average cost of electricity in Florida.

    Model 3 Costs per mile

    According to the federal government’s fuel economy statistics, a long-range Model 3’s fuel economy is .260 kWh/mi.  To charge a long-range Model 3 at a Supercharger in Florida with Tesla’s new fees of $.28 per kWh equates to a cost of about $ .07 per mile. According to Electricity Local, the average residential cost of electricity in Florida is about $ .1142 per kWh.  So, for comparison, to charge a long-range Model 3 at home typically equates to a cost of about $ .03 per mile. 

    According to AAA Gas Prices, average gasoline prices in Florida for regular and premium gasoline are currently only $2.224 and $2.837 per gallon respectively.  So, a gasoline vehicle using regular gas now only requires an mpg of about 31 to match the Model 3’s cost of $ .07 per mile when exclusively paying Supercharging fees. Gasoline vehicles requiring premium gas would need to achieve an mpg of 39 to match the cost per mile of the Model 3 when paying for Supercharging.

    At the current average cost of gas, gasoline vehicles on regular gas would still have to achieve an mpg of 75, and premium gasoline vehicles would have to achieve an mpg of 96, to match the cost per mile of a Model 3 when charging at home.

    Model S Costs per mile

    Likewise, according to the government, a 100D Model S has an efficiency of .330 kWh/mi.  If the Supercharging costs are not “grandfathered” at zero, that equates to a cost of $ .09 per mile to Supercharge at current rates. That compares to $ .04 per mile to charge at home.  With average regular gasoline prices in Florida at low levels, it only requires a regular gasoline car to achieve an mpg of about 24, or a premium gasoline car to achieve an mpg of about 31, to match the Model S’s $ .09 per mile while exclusively Supercharging. 

    A regular gasoline vehicle would have to achieve an mpg of 59, and a premium gasoline vehicle would have to achieve an mpg of 76, to match the cost per mile of a Model S charging at home.

    Model X Costs per mile

    Finally, the government puts the efficiency of a 100D Model X at .390 kWh/mi. Likewise, if the Supercharger costs are not “grandfathered” at zero that equates to a cost of about $ .11 per mile while exclusively Supercharging, or in comparison $ .045 per mile to charge at home. With average regular gasoline prices at low levels, it only requires a gasoline vehicle using regular gas to achieve an mpg of about 20, or a premium gasoline vehicle to achieve an mpg of 26 to match the Model X’s $ .11 per mile while exclusively Supercharging. 

    A regular gasoline vehicle would have to achieve an mpg of 50, and a premium gasoline vehicle would have to achieve an mpg of 64 to match the cost per mile of a Model X charging at home.

    Cost per mile Supercharging vs. Home

    Example Fuel Economy (kWh/mi) Supercharge ($/mi) Home ($/mi)
    Model 3 Long-Range 0.26 0.073 0.030
    Model S 100D 0.33 0.092 0.038
    Model X 100D 0.39 0.109 0.045

    The costs per mile in the article were rounded to two significant figures. The costs in this table are displayed to three significant figures.  Calculations used the additional precision presented in the table.

    According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2016 the fuel economy of an Average light-duty vehicle was 22.0 mpg, for New passenger vehicles it was 37.7 mpg, and for New light-duty trucks (SUVs are included in this category) it was 27.4 mpg. So, due to the current low price of regular gasoline, for Teslas who must pay Supercharger fees, the cost per mile on trips may not be as low as some high-mpg gasoline vehicles when competing with all classes of light-duty vehicles and trucks.

    However, it is still likely that when comparing similarly optioned gasoline cars in Tesla's respective classes, the Teslas would still compare favorably when measuring dollars per mile. For instance, comparing a Model 3 with a BMW 3 class, or comparing a Model S with a BMW M5, etc.

    It should also be noted that most charging, perhaps as high as 90%, occurs at home so overall the fuel costs of Teslas are still going to be less than the vast majority of gasoline vehicles even with this increase in Supercharging rates. 

    Update as of January 22, 2019 1:37 pm.

    Electrek reports, Tesla cuts Supercharger prices back down after customer backlash over increase.

    From the article:

    "Now Tesla told Electrek that it listened to customer feedback and decided to reduce the Supercharger price increase by 10% globally.

    After the price increase last week, the average price in the US was $0.31 per kWh.

    It is now down to $0.28 per kWh"


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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