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  • February 27, 2021 10:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 23, 2021, Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter Welch introduced the Electric Cars Act. This is bicameral legislation that would extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years and help implement charging infrastructure.

    Currently, a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for the purchase of electric vehicles. However, the law caps the number of eligible vehicles at 200,000 per manufacturer. After reaching the threshold, a phaseout of the credit begins. Domestic manufacturers General Motors and Tesla have already hit the manufacturing cap, and consumers no longer receive tax credits for those American brands. As a result, the law currently creates incentives for electric car buyers to purchase imported vehicles over American electric vehicles.

    The Electric Cars Act would improve the current tax credit by:

    • Eliminating the per manufacturer cap, allowing consumers access to the tax credit for the next 10 years, regardless of the manufacturer from which they purchase their car;
    • Allowing buyers to use the tax credit over a 5-year period or apply the credit on the spot at the dealership to reduce the price of the vehicle, making the credit more applicable to those without large tax liability; and
    • Providing a 10-year extension of tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and charging infrastructure to incentivize the buildout of this important infrastructure around the country.

    “As climate chaos continues to ramp up with record-setting winter storms, violent hurricanes, and catastrophic wildfires, it is imperative that we transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles, which are fanning the flames of the crisis,” said Senator Merkley. “Consumers are already looking for electric cars, and this bill will help drive adoption faster—and make sure more of those cars are made by American workers in American factories.”

    “We need to quickly and aggressively invest in electric vehicles to combat the global climate emergency that threatens all of our local communities,” said Congressman Welch. “Owning an electric vehicle can be cheaper and offers significant public health and environmental benefits, but for many Americans they are unaffordable at the dealership. This bill makes the next generation of electric vehicles accessible to more people by allowing them to receive the electric vehicle tax credit right away. Encouraging electric vehicle adoption is a common sense win for consumers, the environment, and American workers.”

    The full text of the legislation is available here.


    Larry Chanin

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  • February 23, 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    New Delray Beach Service Center

    Tesla opened another, what I call a  “Pop-Up” Service Center at 3000 S Federal Highway, Delray, FL 33483.  This was another pleasant surprise that we weren’t aware of until Tesla informed me of its soft-opening this week.

    This was formerly a Ford and Hyundai Service Center.


    Larry Chanin

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  • February 21, 2021 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On February 18, 2021, State Senator Hooper forwarded SB 1276 for new EV Fees to the Transportation, Finance and Tax, and Appropriations Committees. In addition to the existing vehicle registration fee, this bill would impose a $200 EV Registration Fee on Electric Vehicles and a $50 Fee for Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles.

    The EV fee would go into effect when Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid vehicles make up 5 percent or more of the total vehicles registered in this state. All the revenue would go to the Transportation Trust Fund. The fees will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

    Senator Hooper's bill would be a more expensive alternative to State Senator Brandes' Senate Bill 140, Fees/Electric Vehicles that was forwarded to the Transportation; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations on December 9, 2020.

    Senator Brandes' bill proposes a $135 fee for Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrids be added to the existing vehicle registration fees. It would go into effect on July 1, 2021. As it is currently written, the revenue collected via Senate Bill 140 would go to the Transportation Trust Fund after enactment until 2023.  After that it funds the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program until it sunsets at the end of 2030. 

    The Grant Program is being proposed by Senator Brandes in companion Senate Bill 138.  The purpose of the Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It will be funded via electric vehicle registration fees plus an initial one-time state amount of $5 million. 

    House Bill 819 is being sponsored by Representatives Learned and Toledo. It is identical to Senate Bill 140.

    House Bill 817 is being sponsored by Representatives Toledo and Plasencia. It is identical to Senate Bill 138.

    Stay tuned for more developments.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

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  • February 21, 2021 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    The above photo of the St. Petersburg Supercharger Station under construction was posted to Facebook.  It is not listed as a “Coming Soon” Supercharger on Tesla’s official Find Us page. It is located at a Wawa at 3637 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711.

    Here is the permit:


    Digging a little deeper into public records it states:

    Tesla proposes to Install an Electric Vehicle Charging station at Wawa consisting of (2) V3 SUPERCHARGER CABINETS, (8) V3 CHARGING POSTS, (1) MASTER CONTROLLER, (1) SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY, and (1) UTILITY TRANSFORMER.

    And:

    Install 1500 amp rated MLO MDP w/2-700 amp 480 volt breakers feeding 1-each Tesla charging cabinet. Each charging cabinet has 4-350 amp devices feeding 4-250 KW DC charging posts. Install 30 amp 277 volt circuit to site controller.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The red arrows marks the location. It is 22 miles south of the Pinellas Supercharger Station.

    Update as of December 4, 2020.




    Update as of December 5, 2020.


    This concrete pad is for two Supercharger cabinets and the main switchgear.

    Update as of December 28, 2020.


    Main switchgear in front with two version 3 Supercharger cabinets behind it.



    Another view of switchgear and Supercharger cabinets along with the charging posts.



    The installed utility transformer and meter on the left is probably for service to the Wawa.  The concrete pad and empty meter cabinet is for a future utility transformer and meter for service to the Supercharger station.



    Eight charging posts, seven back in, one pull in.

    Update as of January 4, 2020.


    Another view of the vacant transformer pad.



    Another view of all 8 charging posts.

    Update as of February 21, 2021.


    The Saint Petersburg Supercharger Station is operational.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 21, 2021 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This photo was uploaded to the Tesla Motors Club forum. It was taken from a moving car and show the newly opened Fort Lauderdale Service Center.

    Tesla gave us a pleasant surprise by opening a full-service Service Center and Store in Fort Lauderdale under our radar.  It is located at 2829 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306. The location was formerly a Best Buy consumer electronics store.

    Tesla management informs me that this surprise opening is a full opening, not merely a soft-opening.




    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

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  • February 21, 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our club members located a Tesla information inquiry with Sarasota County that gives us a clue where the “Coming Soon” Venice Supercharger Station, targeted to open in the first quarter, is likely to be built.

    Here’s a copy of the public information.

    You may recall George Bahadue, Tesla’s Market Lead for Charging Infrastructure, participated in a Virtual Meetup with our club last October. According to the public records in April 2020, he inquired about the permits required to install a Charging Station at 370 Commercial Court, Venice. That address happens to correspond to a BrewBurgers Restaurant.

    Here's a vicinity map:

    The likely location of the "Coming Soon" Venice Supercharger is shown by the red arrow.  Tesla's pin on their Find Us map for this Supercharger is to the left. We need not be concerned that the locations don't match up. Tesla doesn't show the precise locations of its planned Superchargers.  The pin is merely attached to the Venice label on the map.

    As you will note on the 3D Google image below, that BrewBurger's parking lot is somewhat limited.  However, some of us have speculated that the Shell station directly adjacent to BrewBurgers has some idle gas pumps. That area could be an ideal location for a Supercharger Station. This is pure speculation on our part, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for an issued permit.



    Update as of February 21, 2021.


    On February 17, 2021, Tesla's contractor filled a permit application that is under review.  It will be for 8 Version 3 charging posts. The address is for BrewBurgers, so our speculation regarding the adjacent Shell Station appears unfounded.

    Construction won't start until the permit application is approved.  When it is, if you live or work nearby please take some high-resolution photos of the construction progress and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 20, 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The folks at the Tesla Motors Club forum have provided us with some photos showing that another needed "Coming Soon" Panhandle Supercharger Station is under construction in Crestview. From the photos it appears that there will be 8 Version 3 charging posts.  This 

    The address is 2670 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536.

    Below is a vicinity map.

    The Mobile Alabama Supercharger (not shown) is 107 miles to the west and the Defuniak Springs Supercharger is 32 miles to the east.


    The red rectangle marks the location in the parking lot adjacent to Aspen Dental.


    Tesla's contractor has begun to stage equipment along West Redwood Ave.


    The local utility set a new pole which will be a cable pole feeding underground cable to the transformer powering the Supercharger Station.



    This Google Street view simulates the perspective in the previous photo.  The red markings give a better view of where the eight charging stalls will be located.


    In this image we have zoomed in on a previous photo to show contractors installing the concrete pad and conduit for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.


    The foundations for the charging posts have been installed.


    Updated as of February 10, 2021.



    Transformer installed on the left.



    Supercharger cabinets, switchgear and meter installed.

    Update as of February 17, 2021.


    On February 17, 2021, a Tesla owner uploaded the above photo to Plugshare.com. This Supercharger Station is operational.

    Crestview, FL Supercharger


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  • February 13, 2021 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 5, 2021, the Committee on Ways and Means introduced the comprehensive 88-page "Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act of 2021." 

    Section by Section Summary Refer to Subtitle D—Greening the Fleet and Alternative Vehicles

    New Electric Vehicles (Battery Electrics & Plug-In Hybrids)

    The bill extends tax credits of up to $7,500 to purchase new electric vehicles (EVs). It increases the cap from 200,00 to 600,000 for the number of EVs manufacturers can sell before triggering the phaseout of the credit. However, it reduces the amount of credit to $7,000 after the first 200,000 EVs sold. 

    The phaseout period begins during the second calendar quarter after the 600,000-vehicle threshold is reached. At the start of the phaseout period, the credit is reduced by 50 percent for one calendar quarter and then ends. 

    For manufacturers that pass the earlier 200,000-vehicle threshold before the enactment of the bill, the number of vehicles sold between 200,000 and those sold on the date of enactment are excluded in determining when the 600,000-vehicle threshold is reached. This condition applies to General Motors and Tesla. 

    Used Electric Vehicles (Battery Electrics & Plug-In Hybrids)

    The bill creates a new refundable credit for buyers of used EVs from the date of enactment through 2026. Buyers can claim a base credit of $1,250 for the purchase of qualifying used EVs, with additional incentives for battery capacity. 

    The credit is capped at the lesser of $2,500 credit or 30% of the sale price. To qualify for this credit, used EVs must meet the same eligibility requirement as for new EVs per existing IRS provisions. The credit will not exceed a sale price of $25,000 and must be a model year at least two years earlier than the date of sale.

    Buyers with up to $30,000 ($60,000 for married couples filing jointly) in adjusted gross income (AGI) can claim the full amount of the credit. The credit phases out so that buyers with below $40,000 ($70,000 for married couples filing a joint return) in AGI may be eligible for a reduced credit. 

    Buyers must purchase the vehicle from a dealership for personal use and cannot claim the credit more than once every three years. The credit only applies to the first resale of a used EV and includes restrictions on sales between related parties.

    Charging Infrastructure

    The bill extends the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit through 2026. Beginning in 2022, it expands the credit for charging infrastructure by allowing a 20% credit for expenses in excess of $100,000. This provision allows a credit for expenses beyond the current limit if certain requirements are met. To qualify for this uncapped credit, the property must:

    1. be intended for general public use and either accept credit cards as a form of payment or not charge a fee
    2. be intended for exclusive use by government or commercial vehicle fleets.

    Zero-Emission Heavy vehicles and Buses

    The bill creates a manufacturer credit for the sale of zero-emission heavy vehicles starting after the date of enactment through the end of 2026. Eligible manufacturers may claim a credit of 10% of an eligible vehicle's sale price, capped at a credit of $100,000 per sale. To be eligible, vehicles must be for domestic use, weigh no less than 14,000 pounds, must not include an internal combustion engine, and be propelled solely by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery or fuel cell.

    Solar Provisions

    The GREEN Act also includes a five-year extension on the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which significantly promotes the adoption of solar systems. The ITC would be extended at 30% through the end of 2025, then phased down to 26% in 2026, 22% in 2027, and 10%. 

    Moving Forward

    The GREEN Act of 2021 is a crucial piece of legislation that bears watching. This federal bill will have far-reaching effects on electric vehicle and solar adoption. It will accelerate the already robust Florida EV market.  For instance, the passage of this bill would lower the cost of a Model 3 to about $32,000, including destination fees. The bill will have a ripple effect on transportation considerations in Florida and foster a sense of urgency for pending state EV legislation and initiatives. 

    Stay tuned.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 10, 2021 5:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The Editor for Supercharge.info, the website that tracks the status of Superchargers, has located the permit for a pending Supercharger installations in Miami.

    It is at 959 West Avenue, Miami.  I believe this is likely the "Coming Soon" Supercharger shown on Tesla's Find Us map designated as Miami Beach, FL - South Beach.

    The permits states:

    Tesla is proposing to install their charging station at the existing parking garage. This will include the installation of (9) Tesla charging station cabinets, (18) Tesla charging posts, (9) auto transformers, (1) utility transformer, (2) sub-panels. The auto transformers and sub-panels will be installed within electrical room of garage. Utility transformer will be installed along 10th street.

    Update as of January 18, 2021.



    The permit above was issued on February 21, 2020 and expires on May 19, 2021. Tesla has updated its Find Us page and now designates this location as one of two "Miami Beach Coming Soon" Superchargers with a target opening of first Quarter 2021. Construction has since been proceeding  on the 2nd level of the parking garage at The Shoppes at West Avenue. It passed Public Works Final Inspection on November 20, 2020.

    Update as of February 10, 2021.




    A total of 18 Urban style Supercharger charging posts have been installed on the 2nd level of The Shoppes at West Avenue parking garage via paid access. I believe that the first 30 minutes of parking is free.


    People living or working near The Shoppes at West Avenue are asked to visit the 2nd level of the parking garage and look for 18 Urban style charging posts and 9 Supercharger cabinets.  The entrance to parking is on 10th Street. The main switchgear, utility transformer and meter will be located on the ground floor on 10th Street. If possible, please take some high-resolution photos of both locations, and send them to me.


    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 05, 2021 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    One of our eagle-eyed members at the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the permitting documents of a new version 3 Supercharging Station in Marianna.  It will have 8 charging terminals. 

    This "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station location is displayed on the official Tesla Find Us map listed as Marianna, FL.

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


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

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


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

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

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

    Update as of January 24, 2021.


    Construction has started and is fairly advanced.  Dickey's Barbeque Pit is located to the right. 


    All 8 charging posts, the main switchgear, Supercharger cabinets and the concrete pad for the utility transformer are installed. 

    Update as of January 27, 2021.

      Utility transformer and meter cabinet installed.  Meter not yet installed in cabinet. Two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets and main switchgear in the background.


     Dickey's Barbeque Pit is located to the right. 


    All 8 charging posts.

    Update as of February 5, 2021.


    The Marianna Supercharger Station located at Dickey's Barbeque is now operational.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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