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  • July 27, 2020 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On July 26, 2020, a group of about two dozen club members and guests with 17 Teslas gathered at the Port Orange Supercharger parking lot in the morning for another scenic drive and In-Car activity. The route took us up the beautiful A1A Atlantic Ocean Highway to the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

    I want to thank Event Coordinator Tom Siceloff for planning this event and leading the caravan.

    Thomas, one of our members from Ocala, became a bit of a celebrity by bringing his Midnight Silver Metallic Model Y. I was one of the paparazzi taking plenty of photos.

    After driving the beautiful Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail, one thing was abundantly clear, Teslas were ideally suited for this natural marvel where the posted signs said “Drive Quitely.”

    Here are some photos:

    Here's Thomas, the owner of a Model Y and an immediate celebrity.


    Here's Thomas again with me caught in the act of being the paparazzi.

    My wife, Mary Ellen, is either doing her very best impression of the Village People, or is letting us know that there's a Model Y in attendance.


    Here's some photos of those in attendance.










    The next set of photos show us lining up for the silent caravan.



    The next series of photos is driving through the Ormond Scenic Loop.



    While waiting at the Port Orange Supercharger to charge for our trip home, we were greeted by a curious onlooker.


    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive or a Virtual Meetup, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 20, 2020 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 16, 2020, we had another informative and entertaining Virtual Meetup and Happy Hour with the hosts of the YouTube channels “Rich Rebuilds” and “The Electrified Garage to chat about servicing Teslas.  On June 25, we had our first Virtual Happy Hour with the crew. This time we were introduced to a new member of the group, Mike Kohlman.  Mike worked 20 years with Ford as a Master Technician, where he received Ford certification to work on hybrids and EVs.

    Chris Salvo had some breaking news during the Virtual Happy Hour, announcing that, in addition to their shop in New Hampshirethey plan to open a new Electrified Garage soon in Ocala, Florida soon. More details to follow.

    Here's some screenshots:

    Mike Kohlman, Chad Hrencecin and Chris Salvo in their Electrified Garage in New Hampshire

    Rich Benoit, host of  the YouTube channel, "Rich Rebuilds," with literally millions of views, joined us from his home in New Hampshire.

    I want to thank Angelia Link, one of our Central Region Event Coordinators, and president of The Villages Tesla Group, for arranging for the "Rich Rebuilds" crew to join us.

    Jim joined us from orbit on the bridge of the Death Star

    Not to be out done, well-traveled Alec joined us all the way from Jupiter.

    Even Elon crashed the party! (Not really)

    Here I am sitting in my spacious driveway in front of my collection of vintage Model Ss

    Chis and Chad show off their cool looking Electrified Garage tee shirts to Mike, who is too newly arrived to have one yet. ;-)



    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive or a Virtual Meetup, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 12, 2020 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Last Friday, July 10, 2020, the governor held a press conference in front of the Turkey Lake Tesla Superchargers to announce that the state would be expanding fast charging to 74 terminal locations.  Unfortunately, because of the setting, a few media outlets incorrectly assumed that all 74 chargers would be Tesla Superchargers.

    The facts are that through a combination of private commercial donations and $8.6 million in funding from the Volkswagen "dieselgate" settlement, the state will be expanding fast charging along state highways.   The expansion along the Turnpike will be privately funded and charging infrastructure development along I-10, I-95 and I-75 will be financed by the Volkswagen settlement. 

    We previously reported on the continuing progress of expanding the number of Tesla Superchargers along the Turnpike in the following article:

    Fast Charging & Supercharging Stations will be added at the Florida Turnpike service plazas (Public)

    We also reported on the landmark EV Infrastructure Bill that the governor signed into law in June.

    Florida Legislature Sends Landmark EV Infrastructure Bill to Governor [Signed into law] (Public)

    At Friday's press conference, the governor was quoted as saying:

    This long-term investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a win for our state on multiple levels. Not only will these charging stations promote reduced emissions and better air quality, they will also improve mobility and safety for the ever-increasing number of Floridians that drive electric cars. I look forward to building on this investment and continuing our work to improve Florida's environment and transportation infrastructure.

    The governor's press release states:

    DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] has reviewed the applications received for the electric vehicle charging stations and has selected the projects to receive the awarded funding. With this funding, 74 additional DC fast chargers will be installed statewide. Combined with the chargers FDOT is installing along the Florida Turnpike, a total of 104 DC fast chargers will be installed along over 1,200 miles of highway, covering the most traveled corridors in the state. Each of the 34 locations will have at minimum 2 chargers each. This represents an approximately 50 percent statewide increase in publicly available DC charging stations.

    Here is a list of the location of applications that were awarded funding:


    Tesla was not awarded any funding.  Of course, there is always a remote possibility that Tesla could partner with a location to install Superchargers, but there definitely won't be a large number of Superchargers included in this first portion of the EV infrastructure expansion for 27 locations.

    The chart below was presented at the press conference.  You will note that the state plans to have 16 Supercharger terminals included along the Turnpike.  Four terminals have already been installed and are operational at the Fort Drum Supercharger location, so there are now a total of 10.


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 11, 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    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 location is not yet displayed on the official Tesla Find Us map showing "Coming Soon" Supercharger Stations.

    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.


    When construction starts, if you work or live nearby, please periodically visit the site to take 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

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • July 06, 2020 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On July 5, 2020, despite the dubious forecast, the weather gods shone down on us and rewarded us with a gorgeous day. I want to thank Event Coordinator, Paul Einselen, for planning such a beautiful scenic drive and silent Tesla caravan. It was another perfect In-Car activity that was a safe way to escape the pandemic and get out of the house with fellow Tesla enthusiasts.

    We gathered at the Clearwater Mall and proceeded over the Courtney Campbell Causeway, then across the Howard Frankland Bridge, and finally over the Gandy Bridge. We then continued on to our final destination Davis Islands Beach.  

    I am happy to see that everyone practiced proper social distancing by wearing face masks and maintaining adequate distance from fellow club members.  We had about 15 Teslas and over 20 members (and one canine) participating in this fun activity.

    Here are some photos.



    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Driver or a Virtual Meetup, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 30, 2020 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll to the bottom of this article for updates.

    Last year, (July 24, 2019) speaking outside the Turnpike headquarters at the Turkey Lake service plaza, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state would be adding Level 3 charging stations for electric vehicles at all Florida Turnpike service plazas beginning by the end of the year.

    For those with a Facebook account click here for a video of the Governor's remarks.

    The following graphic was also provided at the news conference illustrating the current and planned charging infrastructure at the Turnpike. (To view the graphic full-size, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)


    You will note that the graphic shows Tesla providing future Superchargers at the Okahumpka, Canoe Creek, Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach service plazas along the Turnpike.  It also shows Tesla adding charging terminals at the existing Turkey Lake and Fort Drum Supercharger locations. The exact number of future Tesla charging terminals has not yet been determined.

    Although the Governor stated that all service plazas would have level 3 chargers, the graphic does not show any new Fast Chargers or Superchargers at the Snapper Creek service plaza.  

    The stations will be funded by the state’s $166 million share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement (DieselGate), for which 15%, or about $25 million, was designated to be used on electric charging infrastructure.

    In addition to the Turnpike, DeSantis said the goal is to have similar stations off of major interstate exits across the state.

    “We want to be able to have similar fast charging stations across all of Florida’s major highways,” DeSantis said. “And so if you’re driving [on Interstate] 95 from Miami to Daytona Beach, you can rest assured you can get off an exit and just like you get gasoline, you’re going to have the ability to have access to this.”

    Update as of June 20, 2020.

    The Tesla Find Us map shows that the Fort Drum Supercharger Station currently has 6 operating Supercharger Terminals.  A patron of that station noticed that work has begun to add four more terminals to the location.  Please note in the photo below the four terminals at the end that are covered pending activation. 


    Update as of June 21, 2020.


    Update as of June 30, 2020.



    The three photos above are of a ChargePoint Fast Chargers with CHAdeMO  and CCS (Combined Charging System) connectors funded by FPL.  There will be four of these chargers, each has a capacity of up to 62.5 kW.  In the last photo the CHAdeMO connector is above the CCS connector. These ChargePoint chargers, along with the 4 additional Supercharger terminals, will complete the planned EV infrastructure expansion at Fort Drum.  If the 10 Supercharger terminals are occupied, those Tesla owners with a CHAdeMO adapter have another lower power charging alternative.


    For those of you traveling on the Florida Turnpike and stopping at this location, please take some high-resolution photo of the construction progress and send them to me.  Also when traveling to the other service plazas on the Turnpike, please check for signs of new Tesla Superchargers.


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 28, 2020 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Editor for Supercharge.info, the website that tracks the status of Superchargers, has been searching online building permit websites for Florida. He has located permits for two pending Supercharger installations in Miami.

    The first 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.

    The other location is at 500 17th St, Miami.  It is not listed on the Tesla Find Us map.  Pending an official Tesla designation, I am referring to it as the "Miami Beach Convention Center" Supercharger, since it is located adjacent to the Center.

    The permit states:

    Tesla is proposing to install their charging station at the existing parking garage. This will include the installation of: (5) Tesla charging cabinets, (10) Tesla charging posts, (5) NLTC transformers, (1) utility transformer, (1) 1200A distribution panel, (1) 1200A fused disconnect. The utility transformer and fused disconnect mounted on H-frame will be installed outside of the parking garage structure within a fence enclosure.

    Charging stations are on 5th Level. Transformer, meter, service disconnect panel, etc. on the Ground Floor need to comply with Flood Plain Management requirements for Utilities.


    It is likely that both locations will be housing Urban type Supercharger terminals.

    Here is a vicinity map from the Supercharge.info website.

    The blue dots are the "Coming Soon" Superchargers.  The red dots are existing operational Superchargers in the Miami area.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 28, 2020 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On June 25, 2020, over 40 club members had an informative and entertaining Virtual Meetup and Happy Hour with the hosts of the YouTube channels “Rich Rebuilds” and “The Electrified Garage to chat about servicing Teslas.

    Back in 2016, Rich Benoit, an IT manager, and Tesla enthusiast was curious if he could re-build a totaled Tesla. In doing so, he created his YouTube channel, “Rich Rebuilds” with videos about buying, repairing, and mining Teslas for spare parts. Fast forward to the present, and now Rich is an Internet sensation with over 700,000 subscribers and more than 2 million annual views.

    In 2018, Rich partnered with a former parts manager for Tesla, Chris Salvo, to open up their repair shop, The Electrified Garage. Chris is also the founder of EV Tuning, an online store that sells parts and accessories to electric vehicle owners.

    Chris, a Florida Tesla Enthusiast club member, is actively investigating the feasibility of moving down to Central Florida to start up a new Electrified Garage here in the Sunshine State.

    Joining Rich and Chris as a co-owner of The Electrified Garage and staring in Electrified Garage videos with Rich and Chris is Chad Hrencecin.  Chad is a former Senior Service Technician with Tesla. 

    The Virtual Meetup was a lot of fun with Chris and Chad joining us remotely at their garage in New Hampshire and Rich joining with a separate feed.


    Above is one of the several screens of participants in the Virtual Meetup.  Chad and Chris are shown in the center top row of screens.  I want to thank Angelia Link, show to the right of Chad and Chris for organizing this great virtual event.

    We plan on having a second Virtual Meetup with Rich, Chris, and Chad on July 16 at 6:00 pm.  Stay tuned for details.


    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Drive or a Virtual Meetup, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 18, 2020 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Please scroll to the bottom of this article for updates.

    A member on the Tesla Motor Club forum discovered a new Urban style Supercharger Station under construction at the Dadeland Station shopping center in Miami.  The address is 8312 Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143.  12 Urban style charging terminals are located on the 2nd floor of the free parking garage.

    Urban style terminals charge at up to 72 kW, but the capacity is not shared with another Tesla charging nearby.

    The location is less than a mile from the Tesla store at Dadeland Mall.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    Here are some photos of the charging terminals.

    Update as of June 11, 2020.


    The Dadeland Supercharger Station is now operational. 



    The Tesla Find Us map is calling the Dadeland Station the Miami, Fl - South Dixie Highway Supercharger


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • June 14, 2020 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Although we were rained out the previous week, yesterday, June 13, 2020, the weather held up enough for us to enjoy a leisurely scenic drive. About 40 people in 22 Teslas gathered at the Sarasota Supercharger and linked in a silent caravan along Longboat Key to beautiful Anna Maria Island. We noted a few turned heads on the way.

    To continue to safely combat cabin fever in the midst of a pandemic we will be planning other scenic drives and In-Car activities. If you have a specific idea for future scenic drives, please send me a message at lfchanin@gmail.com.  We are looking for a scenic route of not more than a two-hour drive, one-way. Ideally, it should start at a location that would accommodate the gathering of several dozen cars and should end at a point of interest.  Starting the trip off at a large Supercharger Station would be an ideal kick-off location.  It can be anywhere in the state.

    Here are some photos of yesterday’s drive.




    Natalie & Mike. I want to wish Mike a very Happy Birthday!  


    Are you a Tesla enthusiasts and feeling a bit of cabin fever during the pandemic?  If you're not a member, but would like to participate in our next Scenic Driver or a Virtual Meetup, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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