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  • June 09, 2020 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE: On June 9, 2020, the governor signed this bill into law.

    Our club is proud to be a voting member of Drive Electric Florida. Drive Electric Florida (DEF) is a unique stakeholder group representing automakers, utilities, charging infrastructure providers, environmentalists, local government, universities, Clean Cities coalitions, and electric vehicle enthusiast groups. It seeks to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of Florida by promoting the growth of electric vehicle ownership and accompanying infrastructure. 

    Yesterday, May 26, 2020, the Executive Director of DEF informed me that the President of the Florida Senate and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives certified Senate Bill 7018 and presented it to Governor DeSantis. This act, related to Essential State Infrastructure, notably has provisions for developing a master plan for electric vehicle charging station infrastructure along the State Highway System.

    The governor has until June 10th to take action on the measure. It is widely expected that he will sign this landmark EV Roadmap legislation into law.

    The official summary of the bill states:

    "Requires the FDOT, in coordination with the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Office of Energy within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and any other public or private entities as necessary or appropriate, to develop and recommend a master plan for the development of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure along the State Highway System."

    Please note the phrase, “…and any other public or private entities as necessary or appropriate.” The act recognizes that there is a place for the appropriate public and private organizations to contribute to developing a roadmap for electric vehicle infrastructure expansion, not just government agencies. That’s where Drive Electric Florida has been valuable, and continues to make meaningful contributions.  Regarding this public and private role, Matthew Alford, Executive Director, Drive Electric Florida states:

    “This is a huge win for us as an organization, and a genuine opportunity to take the next meaningful steps toward recognition as the most visible and effective voice for electrification of Florida’s transportation sector.”

    As an active member of Drive Electric Florida, our club will assist in its mission to promote electric vehicle ownership and infrastructure. The EV portion of this proposed legislation, spearheaded by Drive Electric Florida, is an essential step in that direction.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • June 01, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The birthday boy Chris looks on during the surprise Tesla drive-by Parade celebrating his birthday

    Members of the Florida Tesla Enthusiasts and Tampa Bay Tesla Club Facebook Group met on Friday, May 29, 2020, to host a parade of Teslas for Chris, a young Tesla enthusiast's 16th birthday. The group staged at an Elementary school around the corner from Chris' house. We had a great turn out of over 30 owners. The group left the school shortly before 7 PM and had a quick caravan to Chris' house where he was outside. This parade was a surprise to Chris, and he and his family were very grateful to all in attendance. One Model X owner circled back after the parade X to show Chris the dancing Falcon Wing doors Easter egg.

    I want to thank Paul Einselen for organizing this drive-by event.

    Here are some photos:


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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

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  • May 26, 2020 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tesla Corporate has provided me with a copy of their Model 3 / Model Y Getting Started Guide. It is a basic source of information for new owners that describes how to operate their Model 3 or Model Y on delivery day.  It also serves as a quick reference on where to find additional vehicle-related information for new owners.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • May 02, 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 29, 2020, we were pleased to host a Virtual Presentation by Morgan Harding, Tesla Store Leader, in which she discussed Tesla Energy Products.  These products included Solar Panels, Solar Roofs, and Powerwalls. The video conference was well-attended, with over 40 of our members participating during the question and answer portion of the program. Also contributing during the question and answer session was Rich Blair, a Tesla Solar System owner who lives in Venice, FL, and Ruslan Kudlai, General Manager, Tesla Energy.

    During the presentation, Morgan provided a nice surprise by offering our club members, for a limited time, a 10% discount off of solar systems if 10 or more of our members purchase a system before May 15.

    I remain in communication with Tesla Corporate and local Tesla leaders.  We plan to continue to work with Tesla to host additional Virtual events in the future. Stay tuned for details.

    These Virtual Meetups will be open to club members only. If you are not a member and would like to join us for virtual activities, or take advantage of the Tesla Solar System discount, please click on the Join Us link above.

    Below are a couple of links to videos taken by Rich Blair of his Tesla Solar System installation.

    Tesla solar panel installation time lapse Venice Florida

    Tesla solar panel installation dronie (selfie with GoPro Karma) plus a few slides

    Here's a link to an article by CleanTechnica that features Rich Blair:

    The Rooftop Solar “Neighborhood Effect” Transforms Florida Community

    Regards,

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • April 24, 2020 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    A member of the Tesla Owners of Central Florida Facebook page discovered the “Coming Soon” Deltona Supercharger Station under construction at a Wawa.  The location is 3400 Howland Blvd, Deltona, FL 32725. 

    Here is the vicinity map:

    Update as of April 24, 2020.

    Although the Tesla Find Us page and the navigation displays don't yet refect it, as of April 25, 2020, one of the 8 charging terminals was covered, but the Supercharger Station is operational.


    While it is likely that this is a version 3 Supercharger, so far we don't have any photos that demonstrate that fact.


    For people living or working nearby this location, please stop by occasionally to take high-resolution photos of the site and send them to me.  To confirm that this is a version 3 Supercharger Station, we are interested in photos of the Supercharger cabinets or photos of your display showing a charge rate of over 150 kW.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • April 08, 2020 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New "Coming Soon" West Palm Beach Service at 5544 Okeechobee Blvd.

    For current status, please scroll to the bottom of this article.

    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.)”

    The Dyer Road location mentioned in the news article currently remains open to support Certified Preowned Tesla operations.  The Supercharger Station collocated there is now used to support Dyer Road opperations and its location has been removed from the navigation systems of the Tesla owner fleet.

    There has been some speculation on online forums that this new Service Center location could also support the installation of a new public Supercharger Station which would be located less than a mile from the Florida Turnpike.  However, a new Supercharger Station was completed last December just 8 miles away from this future Service Center. (New “Coming Soon” West Palm Beach Supercharger Station discovered under construction [Now operational] (Public)  Therefore, it is unlikely that a public Supercharger Station will be collocated there.

    I’ve checked the public records to validate the news article. It is 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. They have the same business address as Pebb Enterprises.

    Update as of April 28, 2019.

    Review of public building permit records show that an application for Tenant Build-Out (Tesla ) was applied for in September 2017. Then in May 2018 it was approved and immediately suspended by the permitting system, probably because a contractor hadn't been assigned to the project.  On November 2018 the application was voided for being inactive for more that 184 days. 

    Subsequently, in 2018 numerous permits were initiated by the owner of the property, Accelarated Investments, on behalf of various trades. Theses include interior demolition and alterations, electrical, roofing, fire alarms and sprinkers, landscaping, plumbing, lighting, irrigation, etc. This may have eliminated the need for the initial Tenant Build-Out permit application that was voided. Some permits were completed and some remain active.  Notably there are several active permits for Tesla signage, again confirming that Tesla is going to be the tenant.


    The absence of any Tesla signage on the building or on the front door suggests that Tesla has not yet taken control of the building to utilize approved signage permits. 


    A club member reports that the main electric meter was recently installed.  Prior to this permits were issued for temporary and emergency power to support construction activities.

    Update as of January 24, 2020.

    Service Center nears completion. 


     Tesla sign has been installed



    The contractor was was very accommodating in allowing photographs to be taken inside. He said that theyare expecting to open in the middle of February.




    In addition to the two destination chargers inside, there are six in the front parking lot. The contractor stated that he also had two superchargers to install but those where for internal use and not for the public.



    Update as of April 8, 2020.


    The new West Palm Beach Service Center is now operational. Service appointments began in late February, 2020.


    After the pandemic crisis has passed, if you live near the service center, please forward photos of the store and other highlights such as the Supercharger. 

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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • April 06, 2020 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum located the online permits for the “Coming Soon” Riverside Park Supercharger.  The wording of the permit indicates that a version 3 Supercharger is being installed at the Wawa located at 2620 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.  This location is only 6 miles from the heavily trafficked Plantation Supercharger Station.

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


    Another TMC member has visited the site and provided the following photos showing that the Tesla equipment has been delivered to the site.


    The equipment shown in the photos above are the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets that will be powering eight charging terminals.


    Update as of April 6, 2020.

    The Riverside Park Supercharger is now operational.



    Four of the 8 charging terminals with the two version 3 Supercharger Cabinets in the background.

    Here's the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • April 04, 2020 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Club member Dick Amacher recently received delivery of his Performance Model Y.  On Saturday, April 4, 2020, he graciously agreed to participate in a Virtual Meetup (a video conference), where he provided photos and a video of his Model Y. He also responded to questions from other club members.

    Club member Zach Shahan, CEO of CleanTechnica, assisted us in hosting and moderating this Meetup.

    Dick owns a Long RWD Model 3 so he was able to provide a comparison with his Performance Model Y.

    Model Y.pdf

    Dick also provided the following photos and observations about his Model Y delivery experience:


    My Model Y Delivery by Richard Amacher

    I have to admit to some shame picking up my Model Y Performance in the middle of this pandemic, but Tesla has designed a thoughtful ‘touchless’ delivery that minimizes chance for contact between customers and delivery staff. To get to the Tampa Delivery Center I took wipes, a mask and gloves for my Lyft ride there (my cost). Luis Manuel had sanitized his car and we kept our distance between driver and passenger.

    I arrived early, so waited in the service lounge using Wi-Fi to check email and messages. At the appointed time I was told my car was ready. I had submitted and signed all required documents in advance online, so only signed once on a sanitized tablet to show I received the vehicle. Being a Model 3 owner I declined any additional orientation and found the controls, screen and settings almost identical. I forgot how many preferences I have fine-tuned over the last year, so that took some time.

    Here are some things I found different.

    • Neither Model 3 nor Model Y now comes with HomeLink remote opener included. I am told this change was made during 2019 due to feedback of low customer use. Since I DO use this feature I had to order a module from the Tesla online store for an additional $300 plus tax. When I receive it a service appointment must be scheduled for installation. It would be nice to have it installed at delivery for the convenience of those who want it.
    • The Model Y (at least the Performance) includes a wireless phone charger in the console and uses the USB-C plug located in the left position.
    • The specific software releases are different between Model 3 and Model Y. Those of you with multiple Tesla Models probably already know that. My Model 3 is RWD, so maybe the difference lies there.
    • Front and rear tires are different sizes. Pirelli 255/35 R21 Front and 275/35 R21 Rear. So, no tire rotation possible.

    Here are some things that might be different or I just didn’t notice on receiving my Model 3:

    • Neither basic Autopilot nor FSD worked on leaving the lot. A message said the cameras had to calibrate. It took about ten miles of driving for them to become ready. The little steering wheel icon acts as a progress gage. When the steering wheel rim is filled in the cameras are ready.
    • The streaming audio wasn’t ready and asked for a Wi-Fi connection. Apparently, authorizations and certain data are not downloaded to the vehicle until AFTER delivery, including map satellite visualizations. I had to wait until I was home.  As it was 90 miles home, this would have been nice to have loaded at delivery. Oh, well…

    Now the good stuff:

    • The seating position and head room are markedly higher than Model 3, as you would expect. I am still figuring out the best wheel and seat positions. The higher position provides a better view which most drivers seem to like and expect.
    • Rear seat leg room seems greater, but the wheelbase of the two cars is only slightly different, so I must check it.
    • The main event is the hatch. Once released, it raises itself to expose a cavernous cargo area. A pushbutton on the bottom of the hatch causes it to close automatically. I suspect this is still inconvenient for those standing around five feet tall. I’ll ask my wife to verify this.
    • As noted by others, there are seat back release switches in the left rear trim panel to fold the seats down without reaching in through the rear side doors. The center seat back can also be manually lowered to allow long objects to be carried without sacrificing either rear outer occupant seat.

    Other interesting stuff:

    • Driving home at modest expressway speeds the consumption definitely is higher than Model 3. This was a concern with opting the 21” wheels and tires, but my choice was to go all in for this car.  Although the web site still shows this combination with a range of 280 miles with these wheels, the window sticker provided shows range of 315 miles, the same as base wheels. Interesting? Although I have not charged to full capacity, it appears that when I do the indicted range will be more than 280 miles but less than 315 miles. Also, the algorithm showing charging miles per hour seems to show about 34 mph on my 40 amp home charger where the Model 3 shows 39 mph. So far, so good.
    • Because I reserved at reveal, the pricing is a little lower than currently. The base price is $490 less and FSD was priced at $5000.

    So much for my first day with Model Y.

    I want to thank Dick and Zach for making our first Virtual Meetup a great success.  We had over 30 club members in attendance, and we plan to schedule additional Virtual Meetups in the future.

    If you are not a club member and would like to participate in our next 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

  • March 17, 2020 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Members of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum discovered that the previously “Coming Soon” Vero Beach Supercharger station is now operational.  It is located at the Wawa at 9050 20th St, Vero Beach, FL 32966. It has 8 version 3 charging terminals.

    Here is the vicinity map:

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • March 14, 2020 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club members enjoyed a fun-filled day starting with a lunch buffet, followed by a sunny afternoon on the range.  Some members took joy in a good book on the porch cabin-side.  We later were treated to a private four-course catered dinner, featuring gator bite appetizers.  Dinner was followed by an evening under the stars by the bonfire - s’mores included!

    I want to thank Angelia Link for organizing this event.


    About Ok Corral Gun Club Resort

    The OK Corral Gun Club is Florida's premier shooting sports club and western town hosting 10 outdoor shooting venues, mining town cabins, recreational activities and event facility. It is situated on 350 acres in natural surroundings just north of Lake Okeechobee. The club features overnight cabins, RV campsites, Sporting Clay Courses, Covered Stand, Wobble Deck, Covered Pistol/Rifle Ranges, Competition Shooting Park, Cowboy Action Shooting and Trap & Skeet.

    The resort has two Tesla Connectors, a J1772 charger, 110 v outlets at the overnight cabins and some 240 v, 50-amp RV connections.

    Here’s some photos:



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    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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