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  • February 04, 2021 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



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

    In early November, Tesla filed a permit application to build a Supercharger Station at a Wawa at 25155 Meran Way, Land O' Lakes, 34639. Google lists this location as 25155 Meran Way, Lutz FL 33559.  The city of Wesley Chapel is only 6 miles away, so this could be the "Coming Soon" Wesley Chapel Supercharger displayed on Tesla's Find Us page.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    Note that the "Coming Soon" Wesley Chapel Supercharger Station (gray pin) is located only 6 miles away from this proposed location.

    Update as of January 1, 2020.



    Fencing going up in preparation of breaking ground.

    Update as of January 2, 2020.


    A view of the construction area behind the fencing.

    Update as of January 19, 2021.


    Installation looks close to being operational.

    Update as of February 4, 2021.


    This installation is operational. 


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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  • January 29, 2021 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    The Tesla Find Us map has a “Coming Soon” location named Orlando, FL -Millenia. We obtained a public document in which Target Corporation gives authorization for Tesla to file Supercharger permit applications on selected Target properties.  One of those Authorized Locations is listed as T1518 Orlando.  That designates the Orlando Millenia Super Target at 4750 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839-2434.

    I haven’t located a permit application yet, but I am speculating that this is a likely location for the planned Millenia FL Supercharger Station.  

    Update as of January 30, 2021.

    Pardon the pun, Tesla now states on its Find Us page, "Target opening in Q2 2021."


    As you can see the permit application passed initial review on January 29, 2021.  This station will have 12 Version 3 Charging Posts and two ChargePoint Dual Port Level 2 Chargers.

    Below is a vicinity map:



    When the construction permit is finalized, 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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  • January 18, 2021 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    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 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 it will be housing Urban type Supercharger terminals.

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

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

    Update as of January 18, 2021.



    On May 25, 2018 Tesla applied for a building permit at the parking garage adjacent to the New World Center. It was issued on January 22, 2020 and will expire in a few days on January 25, 2021. They also applied for an electrical permit on February 18, 2020, which was issued on November 30, 2020.  This appears to have been on hold for contractor certification since  July 2020.  This may simply mean that Tesla has not assigned an electrical contractor to the project.  Regardless, construction does not seem to have started, and Tesla needs to extend the permit if they wish to proceed. Until the Hold is removed from this project there is no point in visiting it to determine construction progress.


    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

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    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

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • January 16, 2021 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Saturday, January 16, 2021, Tesla owners and a few curious onlookers met in cold breezy conditions at SouthWood Town Center, near the Canopy Road Café in Tallahassee.

    Several Model Y and Ss were represented, including one 2012 Signature Model S. A couple came as far as Panama City Owners to join the group. Owners and family shared their knowledge and experiences. A good time was had by all, and new friendships were forged. We’ll definitely do this again.

    We want to thank John Sparling and David Fountain for organizing this get together.

    Outdoor event socially distanced.

    2012 Limited Edition Signature Model S with beautiful Signature Red paint. 


    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, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Website:    teslaownersflorida.org

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  • December 31, 2020 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On October 20, 2020, Tesla submitted a permit application for a new Supercharger Station at a Wawa in Jacksonville.  It is located at 5735 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32216.  On December 17, 2020, the permit was issued.

    The permit is for a 12-stall, Version 3 Supercharger Station.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The new Supercharger Station will be only 6 miles west of the existing Supercharger Station at Gate Parkway.

    After they break ground, 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

    Facebook:  Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • December 29, 2020 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Above is an excerpt of the permit application for a new Supercharger Station in Davenport.

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

    The editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has located another active permit application for a future Supercharger Station in Davenport.  Tesla has not yet assigned a contractor to this project and a permit has not yet been issued.

    This station is not currently listed on Tesla’s official Find Us web page.

    The Supercharger Station is located at the Wawa at 8103 Lake Wilson Rd, Davenport, FL 33896.

    The description of work for the permit application indicates that this will be a 12-stall version 3 station.  The size is somewhat surprising since 12 parking spaces are more than a third of the total available parking. 

    Here is a Google aerial photo of the Wawa.  There are a few apparent locations for 12 stalls, the west side, and the south side, 6 on the west and 6 on the south.  I think the 12 space on the south side would be best.   


    Here is a vicinity map:

    Update as of December 29, 2020.

    Permit issued November 23, 2020.

    When construction starts, people working or living nearby are asked to 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

  • December 27, 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On December 26, 2020, Homestead-Miami Speedway invited Florida Tesla Enthusiasts to experience another exhilarating drive as a group at high speed around their Speedway, all for a worthy cause.

    This was a charity event with the proceeds going to Driving for a Cause, a charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation. It raises funds for programs in South Florida that focus on education and youth development.


    Round and round and round we go!! What fun!

    Our group sprinted around the Speedway with 13 Teslas and 30 members and their guests. They included Models S, X, and 3s with long-time owners and one car that was 1 week old!

    Be ready to drive fast! The Speedway is an illuminated 1.5-mile oval track with 18-20 degree variable banking. Banked turns are always a thrill, with speeds topping 125 miles per hour! 


    The weather was beautiful, cool and sunny! Our excited group met at Sonny's BBQ, had a quick bite to eat, and charged up at the Supercharger. We caravanned to the track at 12:45, arriving 15 min later. The Homestead screens for COVID and requires masks at all time.

    The best part of our day was the unexpected extended track time we were given. Homestead charged our group just $20.00 per car for 7 laps on the track for this fundraising event. 15 laps later, I was wondering what a great Christmas present!!!!

    Based on the smiles on the drivers' faces as they pulled off the track...everyone had a great time! The most frequent question...."when can we come back?"

    Thanks go to Denise Grant for organizing this thrilling event and for authoring this article.

    Here are some short videos: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts Videos

    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 Drive, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, 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

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  • December 27, 2020 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On December 1, 2020, we had a well-attended Virtual Meetup with Gus Cobeaga, Tesla’s Regional Service Manager, and Mark LaPlant, Service Manager. Gus and Mark discussed initiatives enhancing service operations and answered questions.

    Gus Cobeaga, Tesla’s Regional Service Manager

    Marl LaPlant, Service Manager of the Tampa Service Center.


    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, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • December 18, 2020 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    In April of this year, a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum located public minutes of the Development Review Committee of the City of Winter Garden.  The minutes indicated that Tesla representatives were proposing a Tesla charging station at the Wawa at 13501 W Colonial Dr, Winter Garden, FL 34787.  This proposed station is listed on Tesla's Find Us page as "Coming Soon." Another member subsequently noted that Tesla had formally applied for a permit on October 23, 2020.  

    Below is a vicinity map of the location.

    It appears from the minutes that Tesla is looking to install at least eight charging stalls.  However, there is some ambiguity in interpreting the minutes, and it is possible, although unlikely, that Tesla will be installing 16 stalls. I say it is doubtful because after examining the Wawa’s layout, there are a limited number of parking spaces. Nowhere are there 16 adjacent parking spaces. 

    Below is a Google photo of the Wawa.  Please note that the labeling of the onsite ATM may mislead a casual viewer to think that this location  is  a bank.


    The charging stalls are located in the red rectangle.

    Update as of December 2, 2020.


    In early November Tesla began staging equipment at the site. This is conduit. 


    Shortly later the construction fencing was installed.


    Two version 3 Supercharger cabinets mean that there will be 8 charging stalls.



    Breaking ground and beginning to install charging posts.



    Concrete pad for Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.



    This will be the concrete pad for the utility transformer.



    Technician working on the main switchgear.  Supercharger cabinets are in the background. Pad for utility transformer is in center. Meter cabinet is on the right in foreground.



    Status as of December 2, 2020.

    Update as of December 4, 2020.


    Landscaping going in.



    In the rear are the two Supercharger cabinets. If front of them on the same pad  is the main switchgear.  In the center is the utility transformer pad.  The cabling shown is the secondary 480 volt cable which is connected to the main switchgear.  The empty conduit is awaiting the primary cable to be pulled in by the utility.  The gray box in the upper right corner is the meter cabinet awaiting the utility to install the meter.


    Update as of December 18, 2020.



    This Supercharger Station is operational.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


  • December 14, 2020 7:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On November 10, 2020, we were scheduled to have a Virtual Meetup with the management of Tesla Energy in Tampa to discuss Tesla Solar Roof.  However, due last-minute personnel changes in Tampa, management from the Orlando office graciously agreed to substitute.  I was very appreciative that Brock Jamison, General Manager, Energy Operations, and Sean Hirlinger, Associate Manager - Solar Roof, planned to join us on short notice.  To kick things off, we provided them with some questions in advance.


    However, when it came time to have the Video conference, we ran into another hurdle.  We didn't know that the Tesla private network had built-in security which prevented them from accessing Zoom from their network. 

    In true Tesla fashion, Brock and his team figured out a workaround. One of his managers was able to join us with the PowerPoint slides, and Brock phoned in on audio to do most of the discussion.  In addition to Brock and Sean, I want to thank Eric Riffe, Associate Manager, Energy Operations, and Drew Schuler, Technical Training Specialist, for assisting in the questions and answers.

    In response to a question about solar panels during hurricane, the Tesla Energy folks sent me this article:

    Tyndall Air Force Base Proves Solar Not Just For Power Anymore

    There's a link in the article to a short video worth watching.

    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, Virtual Meetup or Socially Distanced outdoor event throughout the state, please click on the Join Us menu item at the top of the page. 

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