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  • November 14, 2018 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Yesterday, Tesla, GM, Nissan, and other EV stakeholders formed the EV Drive Coalition to reform the electric vehicle tax credit.

    The EV Drive Coalition brings together a diverse group of industry, consumer and environmental stakeholders with a single unifying mission: encourage passage of legislation reforming the federal electric vehicle tax credit to ensure that it works better for more consumers for a longer time frame and spurs increased growth of the U.S. EV market.

    Please visit their website at EV Drive Coalition for more details.  Make sure to click on the GET INVOLVED link to voice your support of this initiative to your members of Congress.

    Thanks for your support!

    Regards,

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • November 01, 2018 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It is located  on Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine.

    Florida Tesla Enthusiasts enjoyed a relaxing weekend getaway in historic Saint Augustine from October 26 to November 3, 2018. This event was structured such that each family could spend one, two or three days (Friday through Sunday) to suit their schedule. 

    We arranged for group hotel rates at the Holiday Inn St. Augustine-Hist. District and Best Western Historical Inn, St. Augustine.  Both hotels had Tesla Destination Chargers and were conveniently located in the historic district of St. Augustine.

    Optional Group Activities:

    On Friday, we had a casual reception at the bar at the Holiday Inn, followed by dinner at the nearby MOJO Old City BBQ. Great BBQ!


    On Saturday, morning we arranged to have Old Town Trolley Tours pick us up adjacent to the Holiday Inn for a private guided tour of portions of historic St. Augustine. Our group fee included unlimited self-guided, hop on/hop off the continuing trolley route for a total of 3 days. 


    The trolley tour conveniently dropped us off at the St. Augustine Distillery where we had a fascinating tour followed by free tastings.


    After the distillery tour we had a delicious brunch/lunch at the Ice Plant Bar located in the same building as the distillery.  

    The distillery and bar are located in the historic Florida Power & Light Ice Plant building. Built as part of St. Augustine’s first power and ice complex in 1907, it was the first of it’s kind to make commercial block ice in Florida over 100 years ago. The building was lovingly restored and brought back into service as a distillery and and restaurant/bar. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.


    After brunch/lunch members were free to jump on and off the trolley route at their own pace to continue to tour historic St. Augustine.

    Saturday evening we had a truly lovely private group dinning experience at the Raintree Restaurant In addition to providing fine dining, the restaurant is located in a stately 129 year old Victorian house.  It is one of the last survivors of a period of development that began in this part of St. Augustine after the end of the Civil War. 


    Here's some photos of our members enjoying themselves.

    At the MOJO Old City BBQ:








    Hanging out at the Holiday Inn Bar




    Tyna, the trolley lady (second from right) distributes tickets.


    Our merry group poses with our driver at the Distillery Tour stop.  



    At the Ice Plant Bar.  They had a delicious and distinctive menu.








    At the Raintree Restaurant.  Causal, yet fine dining in a 129 year old Victorian home. 




    If socializing with other Tesla enthusiasts across the state looks like fun, please click on the "Home" menu item above to learn more about our club.  To join, please click on the "Join Us" menu item.

    Regards,

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email:       lfchanin@gmail.com 

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • 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.

    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!












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