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  • February 28, 2020 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down for the most current information.

    When Tesla's Find Us Map indicated that there would be a "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station at Ochopee along Alligator Alley, we knew that it would be at the Miccosukee Service Plaza, because frankly there's nothing else nearby. 

    Yesterday, I received the photo below, showing what appears to be the construction of the promised Supercharger Station.  My source told me that he had spoken with the the service plaza personnel and they said it was a Supercharger Station that should be completed in a few weeks. Whereas we are virtually certain that this is a Supercharger installation, nevertheless there aren't any Tesla specific markings yet.

    The Miccosukee Service Plaza is located on the Miccosukee Indian reservation. It's address is 47801 W State Rd 84, Ochopee, FL 34141.  It is strategically situated roughly halfway along Alligator Alley (I-75) at exit 49, Snake Road. It's 39 miles from the Plantation Superchargers and 61 miles from the Naples Superchargers.

    Its a basic service plaza with gasoline pumps, store, deli, large restrooms and picnic area.

    Here's a vicinity map. (For a full-sized image, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)

    Update as of November 4, 2019.



    From the above photos we think that there may be 12 charging terminals.  In addition, there appears to be three separate groups of conduits coming up for the Supercharger cabinets.  If this is correct, it would suggest that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.

    Update as of November 12, 2019.

    For a full-size image of the renderings below, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.




    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum posted the above renderings of the future Miccosukee Service Plaza.  At the present we don't have any additional information regarding the expected completion date.  All we currently know is that the renderings were done by Burton Hersh Architects.

    Update as of November 21, 2019.

    Paving has gone in at this Supercharger Station.  These photos confirm that 12 charging terminals are being installed.


    Here I've zoomed in on the Supercharger concrete pads.  I believe that the pad to the left is for 3 Supercharger cabinets.  If so, that would confirm that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.  Each version 3 Supercharger cabinet powers four charging terminals, so three cabinets would handle 12 charging terminals which is consistent with the number of spaces shown in the previous photos. The pad to the right is probably for the main switchgear.

    Update as of December 15, 2019.


    It looks like the three version 3 Supercharger Cabinets have been delivered to the site.  Note that they are larger than version 2 cabinets.


    Updated December 25, 2019.


    Version 3 Supercharger cabinets have been set on the concrete pad.

    Update as of January 7, 2020.


    It looks like the utility power transformer has been installed.  It looks huge.  

    Update as of February 15, 2020.

    In returning from our 7-day Tesla club cruise we briefly stopped by the Ochopee Supercharger Station and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was operational.


    This family was Supercharging at the recently operational Ochopee Supercharger Station.



    The meter is obviously installed.


    Utility tranformer on the left, main switchgear and meter in the center, and two of the three version 3 Supercharger cabinets on the right.



    This image was posted on the Tesla Motors Club Florida forum.  The Model 3 driver started the charging session with a State of Charge of 3% and achieved a maximum charge rate of 965 miles of range per hour.

    Update as of February 28, 2020.


    On February 28, 2020 the Miccosukee Indian Tribe had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ochopee Supercharger and presented a plaque honoring the loss of one of their members. The Tribe police chief also spoke emphasizing the safety and security of the site. The construction of the new big rest stop/restaurant is advancing nicely.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 25, 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Photo credit:  David Lyons/South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for updated information.

    An article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel states that eight version 3 Supercharger terminals are being installed at a Wawa gas station and convenience store at 20 SW 12th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

    Tesla charging stations coming to local Wawa stores

    Here’s a vicinity map. (For a full-sized image, right click on the image and open it in a new tab.)


    Interestingly the Tesla Find Us map does not currently list a "Coming Soon" Deerfield Beach Supercharger Station. However, there is a "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station in Boca Raton about four miles away.  So, there is a chance that this installation is the "Boca Raton" Supercharger. 

    Update as of Jauary 10, 2020:

    As of the beginning of 2020, Tesla updated their Find Us map.  There now is a Deerfield Beach "Coming Soon" pin in the map and the Boca Raton pin remains as well. So apparently there are going to be two new Superchargers roughly 5 miles apart.

    I have located an approved permit application that confirms that there will be 8 Supercharger terminals, but the application does not provide details regarding the version of the Supercharger.  The Sun Sentinel reporter of the article linked above informed me that a Wawa corporate representative told him that this will be a version 3 Supercharger installation. We will need photos of the Supercharger cabinets to confirm the version. If there are only two Supercharger cabinets, then this will be a version 3 installation.

    Updated as of December 27, 2019.


    This appears to be a concrete pad for one Supercharger cabinet feeding four charging terminals.

    The white cabinet on the right is the main switchgear.  The concrete pad on the left appears to be for one more Supercharger cabinets feeding four more charging terminals. If there are two pads with a total of two Supercharger cabinets, that would indicated that this is a version 3 Supercharger installation.


    This is the concrete pad and conduits for the utility power transformer. 

    Update as of February 25, 2020.

    Tesla notified me that the Deerfield Supercharger is operational.


    Here's an enlargement of a portion of the previous photo showing one of the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets.





    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 22, 2020 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On February 22, 2020, we had a great time at Brio Tuscan Grille at Waterside Shops in Naples, as Austin Knight, Manager at Tesla Waterside, and Estero updated us on all things Tesla.  Twenty-four members of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts and their guest gathered to hear about the upcoming rollouts, new software, solar information, and thoughts about factors that may impact the company.  There were lots of questions from the audience and a great chance to meet other Tesla owners in the area.  We want to thank Amy Turner for organizing this informative event and Austin Knight for the fabulous presentation.

    Here's some photos:

    Austin Knight, Manager of the Waterside and Estero Tesla stores provides an informative presentation.

     

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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 22, 2020 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 22, 2020, over 40 attendees gathered for an informal "ribbon-cutting" ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Clearwater Supercharger at the Wawa located on US Highway 19 N. Darlene Harris, General Manager of the Wawa was a gracious host. She made sure that all of the attendees were welcomed and had a coupon for a free hot beverage.

    The Tesla Parking signage hadn't arrived yet, and Darlene indicated that they were on backorder and would be installed as soon as they were available. 

    The event was an excellent opportunity to celebrate not only the opening of the first version 3 supercharger in Tampa Bay but also for members of the local Tesla community to gather and share stories about their Tesla experiences. There were both local attendees as well as folks from Brazil and Quebec. Members from the Tesla Charging Infrastructure Team and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy also joined us.

    Following the opening ceremony, about 30 people attended our meetup and lunch at Ford's Garage, and everyone had a great time. The food was delicious, and the irony of hosting a Tesla meetup at that location wasn't lost on anyone!

    We want to thank our Event Coordinator, Paul Klink, for coordinating this event, Rachelle Stone, our Event Consultant, for assisting in arranging for our group photo, and Dory Larsen, Electric Vehicle Program Coordinator with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy for promoting this event.  Last, but not least, we would like to thank Darlene Harris for the hospitality and Wawa for hosting this Supercharger Station.

    Here are some photos:






    For the geeks among us, here are the specs for a version 3 Supercharger cabinet. 


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 17, 2020 11:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On February 8 through 15, 2020, for this Members-Only event, 19 of our members and their guests signed up for a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the beautiful Sky Princess, the newest ship in the Princess fleet. I want to thank Erol Brenes for organizing this exciting and romantic adventure, especially on Valentine’s Day. There was plenty of camaraderie, and of course lots of excellent food and drink as well. We stopped at the following ports of call: Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and St. Maarten.

    We had such a good time that even before leaving the ship, we booked another cruise in 2021 also for Valentine’s Day aboard another brand new ship, the Enchanted Princess.  This time we will be cruising the Western Caribbean. Club members can click here to join us and sign up for next year’s cruise. If you are interested, please sign up right away, since there's a great promotion that expires on February 29, 2020.

    If you’re not a member, but would like to join us, click here.

    Here’s an assortment of photos:


    Our friends George & Amy joined Mary Ellen and me in driving down to Port Everglades in our Model S. Embarkation was very fast due to the electronic Medallions mailed to us. Here we are being photo-bombed by an animated turtle just prior to boarding.

    After boarding it was time for some libations at Vines!  The first two drinks were free!

    George, Judy, Mary Ellen, Jim, Tom and George.

    Amy and Erol.


    Bill, George, Mary Ellen, Jim, Tom and Beverly.


    Bill, George, Amy, Ken, Mary Ellen, Jim, Barbara, Tom, Sandy, Larry, Beverly George and Judy.

    Day Three was formal night, time for some selfies. Larry, Mary Ellen, Amy, George, Susan and Erol.


    Our lovely ladies on formal night. Beverly, Sandy, Barbara, Kate, Erol, Amy, Susan, Marty, Judy and Mary Ellen.



    Sandy and Erol discovered what Santa does in off-season.



    Susan & Peter


    Ken and Mary Ellen.


    Ken, Kate and Bill.



    Erol and Amy.


    George and Mary Ellen.


    We booked enough staterooms to qualify for free dining at the Crown Grille specialty steakhouse.


    On Day Four many of us booked "The Legendary Kon Tiki Harbor and Beach Cruise."  This converted barge is a glass-bottom boat and floating bar with unlimited rum punch and a live steel band.  Needless to say, it's a "booze cruise!"  The photos below convey that many of us were feeling no pain, ...until later.



    Kon Tiki patron?


    The next formal night.

    Amy, Erol, Barbara and Mary Ellen.


    Okay, how many club members can fit in a mini-suite if you drink a lot?



    Beverly and Tom.


    Erol and her peeps, closing down the Vista Lounge.


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 17, 2020 6:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down for updates.

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered a permit application for what looks to be the “Coming Soon” Clearwater Supercharger as listed on Tesla’s Find Us map. The permit was issued on October 9, 2019.

    The site address is 26508 US Highway 19 North, which appears to be a Wawa convenience store and gas station.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    You will notice from the excerpt of the permit application reproducted above, that the project description is:

    Installation of Tesla Charging Station within existing parking lot consisting of (2) TESLA V3 SUPERCHARGER CABINETS, (8) TESLA V3 CHARGE POSTS, (1) MASTER CONTROLLER, (1) SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY, and (1) UTILITY TRANSFORMER. Two concrete pads will be poured for equipment. 

    So it appears that this will be a Version 3.0 Supercharger. Version 3.0 Supercharger Cabinets are rated 1 MW each and will power four Supercharger terminals at up to 250 kW each.


    Update as of November 5, 2019.

    Construction has started on the Clearwater Supercharger Station.


    Tesla certified contractor is on the case.

    Update as of November 9, 2019.

    Conduits being installed

    Update as of November 12, 2019.


    Some of the charging terminal under construction.


    More progress on the conduit installation.

    Update as of November 14, 2019.


    More progress on charging terminals.


    Waiting on version 3 Supercharger Cabinets.


    This is where the utility transformer will go.

    Update as of January 23, 2020.


    The utility transformer has been installed.

    Update as of February 3, 2020.


    The version 3 Supercharger cabinets have been delivered to the site.



    The version 3 Supercharger charging terminals have been delivered to the site.


    Here's a good view of a version 3 Supercharger cabinet.

     


    The meter cabinet is installed, but the all important meter is missing. In the front is the main breaker with two version 3 Supercharger cabinets in the back.



    We believe that all of the version 3 charging terminals have been installed behind the coverings. There's some signage that needs to be installed, but this installation is very close to being energized.  Rumors speculate that we are only a couple of days away. 

    Update as of February 17, 2020.


    Although it doesn't yet show on the navigation display or the Tesla Find Us map, the Clearwater Supercharger Station is operational.  Signage still remains to be installed.  Parking bumpers would also be helpful.


    On February 22nd we will be having a meetup and lunch to celebrate the opening.  This event is open to the public, but we request that you register on our website so we can obtain a headcount for the restaurant.

    If you are interested in attending click on the link below to register:

    Join Florida Tesla Enthuiasts to Celebrate the opening of the Clearwater version 3 Supercharger


    People living nearby are encouraged to visit the site periodically to take high resolution photos of the construction progress, and forward them to me. 

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 08, 2020 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Seaside Institute™, in conjunction with the Congress for New Urbanism, hosted a Transportation Expo at the Central Square at Seaside. The Panhandle Region of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts was invited to participate. The February 6, 7, an 8th event consisted of a Transportation Workshop with international and national subject matter experts discussing transit impact issues, a Vendor Expo and Demonstration displaying alternative forms of transportation, and a Luxury Car Club Display featuring Tesla, Porsche, and Mercedes Benz luxury cars and their owners.

    Several members of our club’s  Panhandle Region attended the event on Saturday to show their cars and provide information to visitors to the expo about electric vehicles. Also, two members from the Jacksonville Showroom brought a Model X and Model S to the show. A total of 6 Teslas were on display garnering much attention along with 28 Porsches and about 5 Mercedes.

    The beautiful weather helped to make the event successful, and the team at The Seaside Institute hopes to make it an annual event.

    Here's some photos:




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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 08, 2020 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 8, 2020, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts were invited to attend the first annual EVs and Tea event held in Miami.  The event was an enormous success having a large number of Tesla's as well as two discussion panels. YouTube content creators were present: Eli Burton (My Tesla Adventure, STARMAN), Kyle Conner (Out of Spec Motoring YouTube channel), Trevor Page (Tesla Owners Online), Anuarbek Imanbaev (Tesla Geeks), Rafael Santoni (TesLatino YouTube channel), Michael Bodner (Teslatunity YouTube channel).

    There was a large display of customized Teslas from Signature Customs. Audi and Jaguar brought their electric cars to showcase. Tesla also had representatives present with display Teslas to show and answer questions from the public.

    Renzo Torrenga, our Event Coordinator for the Broward County area, was interviewed by David Sutta with CBS Miami.  Click the following link to view the video.

    A Look At The Electric Car Craze


    Roger Pressman, owner of EVANNEX, (in foreground) and one of the hosts of this event, participates in a panel discussion. Roger is a long-time club member.


    If you are interested in learning about our club, please click on the "Home" link at the top of this page. If you are interested in joining our club, please click on the "Join Us" link at the top of this page.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 02, 2020 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We estimate that close to 100 customer Teslas were at the Tesla Owners event

    On Saturday, February 1, 2020, the Tampa Delivery Center on Florida Avenue hosted an Owners Event and asked our club to participate. Tesla sent out about 700 invitations to mostly new owners.  Our club sent out an additional 300 invitations to our members in our Southwest Region on Tesla's behalf.  The intent was for new owners to be able to network with experienced owners to get a better idea of the owner experience in an informal setting.

    We estimate that over 200 people were in attendance.

    Tesla was an excellent host and the Delivery Center was able to accommodate the large crowd and about 100 customer Teslas. They had an informative and fun agenda:

    • Solar booth – bring your utility bill for review
    • Service booth – submit your questions
    • Test drives – Refer your friends and family for Supercharging miles!
    • Merchandise booth – gear up on Tesla merchandise
    • Food trucks – American cuisine and Italian ice
    • Tesla Trivia – with prizes! Brush up on Tesla knowledge!

    Here are some photos of the festivities:


    We shared a registration desk with Tesla.


    We have Savanna Munyan, Sales Advisor, for doing a great job in organizing this educational and fun event.

    Here's most of the Tesla Team supporting this event


    Mark LaPlant, Service Manager, chatting with Crystal


    Back in 2011, Dharshi was one of our club founders, with Elijah our youngest member.


    The customer lounge was well-attended.


    Some Teslas with aftermarket accessories were on display


    Pete Borras and Sean from Tesla. Pete brought some great looking Teslas with aftermarket enhancements. Pete owns First Impression Detailing in Sarasota and his new  The Tesla Studio in Tampa. 




    We estimate that over 200 people attended this event.


    You can never start them too young!


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • February 02, 2020 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An article in the Palm Coast Observer identifies the probable location of a "Coming Soon" Supercharger on the Tesla Find Us map.  According to the article, Palm Coast Wawa to open in May, with Tesla Superchargers to follow, "The Wawa under construction at Bulldog Drive and State Road 100 should be open in May, and Tesla is in talks to have eight Superchargers for electric vehicles on the site."

    Here's a vicinity map: (For a full-sized image, right click on the map and open it in a new tab.)


    Some time after May, when the Wawa is expected to open, people living nearby are encouraged to visit the site periodically to take high resolution photos, and forward them to me, if there is evidence of construction starting for the Supercharger Station.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts


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