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  • 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

    Email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts



  • January 16, 2019 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    The Planning & Zoning Board for The Villages of Estero will conduct public hearings at 5:30 pm on December 11th for a Tesla store to be located at Coconut Point Mall, 23101 Fashion Drive Suite #13, Village of Estero, FL.

    According to public records the proposed Tesla store will be 3,871 square feet and will be located in the former Grape Base location. Up to 3 Tesla models will be displayed within the store space.  Approximately 7 parking spaces and charging stations will be located across from the southerly corner of the Tesla store space. Each on-site vehicle can be test driven and selected from the designated parking areas. There are approximately 9 overflow parking spaces for the Tesla tenant space. These spaces are located in the rear parking area. The proposed hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 11 pm.

    The planning staff has recommended approval of this request with the following conditions:

    1. The Tesla showroom is limited to three vehicles; the parking area is limited to a total of 20 automobiles.
    2. The use is limited to one showroom, east of Via Villagio only.
    3. No incidental servicing, repairs or stocking of parts is permitted in the tenant space.
    4. Hours of operation shall not exceed Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.

    Below is the location of the proposed store, parking and charging locations:


    Update as of December 11, 2018:

    The planning board unanimously approved the application for the Tesla store with the limitations recommended by planning staff.

    Update as of January 16, 2019.

    The Tesla Store at Coconut Point Mall is now open


  • December 20, 2018 9:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new West Palm Beach Supercharger Station will have 8 charging terminals.

    A members of the Tesla Motors Club online forum (screen names Oldschool496 and Racerx22b) have discovered the new “Coming Soon” West Palm Beach Supercharger Station. It is being constructed in the parking lot of a Wawa gasoline station at 7289 Garden Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33404. The Supercharger Station will have 8 – 120 kW Supercharger terminals.  It is less than 2 miles away from the existing West Palm Beach Supercharger Station that is colocated with the West Palm Beach Service Center/Store on Dryer Blvd.  It is likely that the Supercharger Station on Dryer will no longer be available as part of the public Supercharger network after the new station is operational.

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

    Utility transformer on left, installed meter center, 4 - Supercharger Cabinets on right.


    Update as of December 20, 2018.

    Tesla technician works on Supercharger cooling system.

    The Tesla technician estimates that the station should be operational in a few days depending upon final inspection by the city.

    Update December 20, 2018:

    This station is now operational


  • December 20, 2018 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some of the 20 Supercharger terminals at the Sarasota Supercharger Station. 

    This article is continuously updated as new Supercharger Stations in Florida come online.

    The table below lists all 32 of the operating Supercharger Stations. Click the link to the name of the station for a description of the amenities available nearby.  In the comments section of the table are links to our articles discussing those locations that we have discovered being built. 

    Supercharger Station Terminals kW Status Comment
    DeFuniak Springs  5 120 Operational  
    Tallahassee 6 120 Operational  
    Live Oak 12 120 Operational  
    Lake City 6 120 Operational  
    St. Augustine 6 120 Operational  
    Ocala 8 120 Operational  
    Port Orange 6 120 Operational  
    Turkey Lake 6 120 Operational  
    Orlando, FL - W. Sand Lake Rd 8 120 Operational  
    Tampa -Wawa 8 120 Operational  
    Brandon 8 120 Operational  
    Pinellas Park 8 120 Operational  
    West Melbourne 8 120 Operational  
    Fort Drum 6 120 Operational  
    Sarasota 20 120 Operational  
    Port St. Lucie 8 120 Operational  
    West Palm Beach 8 120 Operational  
    Fort Myers 8 120 Operational  
    Naples 8 120 Operational  
    Plantation 16 120 Operational Plantation Supercharger Station has undergone an expansion to 16 terminals. (Public) 
    Aventura 35 72 Operational  
    Miami, FL - SW 8th Street  10 72 Operational  
    Miami, FL - SW 7th Street  13 72 Operational  
    Florida City 8 120 Operational  
    Marathon 4 120 Operational  
    Miami, FL - NE 41st Street 14  72   Operational “Coming Soon” Miami – “Wynwood” Supercharger is operational in the Design District (Public)
    Delray Beach 18  120   Operational “Coming Soon” Delray Beach Supercharger found operational at Delray Marketplace (Public)
    Fort Myers 14  120   Operational “Coming Soon” Fort Myers Supercharger location found under construction [Operational](Public)
    Tampa, FL - Hyde Park   10  120   Operational "Coming Soon" Supercharger at Tampa-Hyde Park located [Operational] (Public)
    Altamonte Springs 120   Operational Construction has Started on the Altamonte Springs Supercharger Station [Operational] (Public)
     Jacksonville 120  Operational  The location of the "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station in Jacksonville has been discovered [Operational] (Public)
     Pembroke Pines 16  120   Operational Found Pembroke Pines, "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station [Now operational] (Public)


    Please be on the lookout for signs of construction at the listed “Coming Soon” locations.  If you spot any construction activity that looks like a Supercharger installation, please send me some high resolution photos.

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


  • December 20, 2018 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This article is continuously updated as new Supercharger Stations in Florida come online.

    Tesla owners in Florida are fortunate to have an abundance of Supercharger Stations. With 32 operating Supercharger Stations, Florida is ranked third in the nation behind California and Texas. Those 32 stations provide access to 239 individual Direct Current Fast Charging terminals that can charge at over 300 miles of range per hour.

    As Tesla continues to aggressively expand the number of Supercharger Stations in the Florida network, the size of many of these newer stations is also growing impressively.  For instance, whereas the first Supercharger Station in the state installed in July 2013 only had 8 charging terminals, in September 2017 Tesla built a Supercharger Station in Sarasota with 20 – 120 kW terminals.

    Tesla has also introduced a new type of Urban Supercharger terminal. Designed for tight city locations the Urban Superchargers have a more compact design than the original Superchargers and they are deployed in even greater numbers.  For example, the Urban Supercharger Station that went operational in May 2018 at Aventura Mall has 35 – 72 kW terminals.


    Below is a table listing the locations of all of the “Coming Soon” Supercharger Stations for Florida shown on Tesla’s official Find Us map. 16 are planned for 2018 and 10 for 2019. We only a couple of weeks left in 2018, so obviously some of the 2018 stations will slip into 2019, but nevertheless Tesla's progress in expanding the network has been impressive. 

    We also discovered a new Supercharger Station under construction in Saint Johns that Tesla didn’t note on their map.  So, there are actually 27 Supercharger Stations expected to be operational by 2019. In the Article section of the table are links to our articles discussing those "Coming Soon" locations that we have discovered to date.  The articles are periodically updated when we receive new information.

    Supercharger Station Location Expected opening Article
    Destin Open 2018  
    Gainesville Open 2018 Confirmed the location of the “Coming Soon” Gainesville Supercharger Station will be at Butler Town Center (Public)
    Celebration Open 2018  
    Tampa, FL - Wesley Chapel Open 2018  
    Tampa, FL - Clearwater Open 2018  
    Lakeland Open 2018  
    Yeehaw Junction Open 2018  
    West Palm Beach Open 2018 New “Coming Soon” West Palm Beach Supercharger Station discovered under construction (Public) 
    Boca Raton Open 2018  
    North Naples Open 2018  
    Weston Open 2018  
    Riverside Park Open 2018  
    Hollywood Open 2018  
    Miami Beach, FL - Bal Harbour Open 2018  
    Miami Beach, FL - South Beach Open 2018  
    Miami, FL - Coral Gables Open 2018  
    Pensacola Open 2019  
    Palm Coast Open 2019  
    Winter Park Open 2019  
    Union Park Open 2019 “Coming Soon” Union Park Supercharger Station discovered under construction (Public) 
    Winter Garden Open 2019  
    Millenia Open 2019  
    Cocoa West Open 2019  
    Beach Park Open 2019  
    Ochopee, FL (Alligator Alley) Open 2019 At Ochopee on Alligator Alley the only suitable location is the Miccosukee Service Plaza.
    Key West Open 2019  
    Saint Johns Open 2019 New Supercharger Station discovered under construction in Winn-Dixie parking lot in Saint Johns Commons [South Jacksonville] (Public) Currently this station is not on Tesla's Find Us map.

    Please be on the lookout for signs of construction at the listed “Coming Soon” locations.  If you spot any construction activity that looks like a Supercharger installation, please send me some high resolution photos.

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




  • December 05, 2018 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    One of our club members has discovered a new Supercharger Station under construction in the Winn-Dixie parking lot in Saint Johns Commons (South Jacksonville), address 2220 CR 210 West, Jacksonville.  This “Coming Soon” Supercharger Station is currently not yet listed on Tesla’s official Find Us map. For restroom access the Supercharger Station will be adjacent to a Shell Gasoline station which is open 24/7. 

    Here is the vicinity map:

    (For full-sized images right click on images and open in new tab.)



    Here's the location of the Supercharger Station in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.


    The white boxes are the Supercharger Cabinets.  Note the proximity to the Shell Gas station to the right.


    All 10 charging terminals have been installed.


    The 5 Supercharger cabinets on left with three high-voltage switchgear cabinets on right.

  • November 16, 2018 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On November 4, 2018, the Dellagio Town Center invited our club to display our Teslas to the public at an exclusive Tesla Car Show centered around their signature fountain inspired by the famous Place de la Concorde.  The Dellagio Town Center is a hidden gem on Restaurant Row in Orlando featuring over 130,000 square feet of dining and entertainment in a European inspired development reminiscent of Italy. 

    Although the weather didn't exactly cooperate on this Rain or Shine event, the glistening brick pavers provided a dramatic backdrop for the Teslas on display.  Much thanks go to Angelia and David for serving as hosts of this event.

    Here's some photos:


     

    Following the Car Show for dinner and libations our members gathered at Urbain 40, an American Brasserie and Lounge with an atmosphere reminiscent of the big band era. 


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