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This Public News section of our website is a blog visible to the public and our members. It describes club events and news relevant to Tesla and electric vehicle owners living in or visiting Florida. The blog has a Comments feature that we made available to the public for a couple of months. Unfortunately, we were inundated with spam and inappropriate comments. As a result, we are forced to limit comments to our membership. Non-members can still view our news articles and the remarks submitted by our members, but we regret that they won’t be permitted to leave their own comments.

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


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

    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

    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

    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

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • 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

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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

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

    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. 

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • November 28, 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Two Florida resorts are partnering with the Tesla Stores in Jacksonville and Orlando to provide touchless test drives. 

    For those who may have to travel a distance, both hotels have special overnight hotel packages JUST for Tesla owners and those signing up for test drives. 

    The test drive events are:

    Dec 5 -  The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, FL. 

    Dec 11 - Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL 

    Both events and hotels are following covid-19 safety protocols. 

    Vehicles are sanitized between drives and drivers go alone (not with a Tesla Rep). 

    The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, FL

    Address: 2637 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 (The location is programmed in Tesla navigation systems.)

    Date: Dec 5, 2020

    Time: Test drives are 11am until 5pm  

    Test Drive link:  https://www.tesla.com/event/join-us-touchless-test-drive-shores-resort-spa

    Hotel TESLA offer: $199 room rate and breakfast for two in dining room. $20 daily resort fee. $17 daily parking fee. Plus taxes.

    Available Dec 5, 6 2020 only.

    Booking code: TESLA

    Hotel Webpage:  https://www.shoresresort.com/TESLA  

    Facebook event page:  https://fb.me/e/1UkfNznLq


    Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL

    Address: 1514 SW 14th St, Gainesville, FL 32608

    Date: Dec 11, 2020

    Time: Test drives are 11am until 5pm  

    Test Drive link: https://www.tesla.com/event/join-us-touchless-test-drive-gainesville-florida

    Hotel TESLA offer: $199 room rate with $30 Food & Beverage credit. Plus taxes. There are no daily resort or parking fees through the even of the year.  Available Dec 10, 11, 12, 2020 only. (Test drive is only on Dec 11)

    Booking code: TESLA

    Hotel Webpagehttps://www.hoteleleo.com/TESLA   

    Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/GpEjk7W4


    So, if you, your friends or family have been looking for a test drive, plus a little R&R at a Florida resort, please pass on this information to them.  Make sure to click on the Test Drive Link to register with Tesla. 

    If you want to take advantage of the hotel discount, click on the Hotel Webpage link.

    Electric Charging

    If you are bringing a Tesla, The Shores Resort & Spa has two Tesla Destination Chargers and is about 8 miles from the Daytona Supercharger Station.

    Hotel ELEO is about 3 miles from the Gainesville Supercharger Station.

  • November 21, 2020 11:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On November 21, 2020, Sage Auto Studios hosted a private Cookout and Car Show for Tesla owners.  In addition to the Cookout and Car Show, they provided tours of their studio, demonstrations of products and services, prizes, and give-a-ways.

    About Sage Auto Studios:
    Sage Auto Studios is one of the top shops in Southwest Florida with 250 five-star reviews specializing in Ceramic Coatings, Clear Bra / Paint Protection Film (ppf), Ceramic Window Tinting, Auto Detailing, and a whole lot more. 

    Here are some photos:





    Updated December 22, 2020.







    1-Minute Video

    5-Minute Video


    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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  • November 17, 2020 7:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On November 17, 2020, we had a Virtual Meetup with club member Jonathan Rush and Peter Rosen, CEO of ProSolar Systems. ProSolar is a Tesla Energy Certified Installer, and the presentation focused on Tesla products. 


    Club member Jonathan Rush and Peter Rosen of ProSolar


    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

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • November 13, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    An article in the Palm Coast Observer on January 31, 2020, identified 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, click on the map.)


    Update as of August 15, 2020.

    The eagle-eyed editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has located another active permit application for this future Supercharger Station.

    The Wawa's address is 5600 FL-100 East, Palm Coast, FL 32164.


    Although the application doesn’t specifically mention Tesla, it does describe an Electric Vehicle Charging Station at this location. Rack Electric, Tesla’s most frequently used electrical contractor in Florida, is also listed as the assigned contractor. So, we can be pretty sure that this will be another Supercharger Station at a Wawa.

    Updated as of August 22, 2020.

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club forum located the proposed plans for this future Supercharger Station.  Here are some of excerpts.



    Above is the overall site plan of the new Wawa.  The Supercharger installation will be constructed in the upper right corner of the plan.



    Above is an enlargement of the upper right corner of the previous plan showing the Supercharger Station Components.



    Above are the construction notes and legend for the previous plan. The plans show that there will be 8 Version 3 charging stalls.  The large structure in the center is the Wawa's trash and recycling compound.  Facing north, the utility transformer for the Supercharger will be located to the left of the compound and to the left of the existing utility transformer serving the Wawa.  The rest of the Supercharger equipment will be installed to the right of the compound.  Four of the charging stalls will be located directly to the right of the compound the other four will be located directly south of the compound.


    Update as of August 26, 2020.

    A permit was issued on August 26, 2020.

    Update as of October 8 2020.


    Tesla has started staging the equipment.  The white covered boxes are the version 3 Supercharger cabinets.  They will be set on a concrete pad behind them on the green space.  Four charging posts will be installed in the parking spaces going off to the left.

    Update as of October 26, 2020.

    The following four photos are of Rack Electric, Tesla's electrical contractor making ready to break ground.

    In addition to the four charging posts mentioned in the previous photo, four additional charging posts will be installed in the area shown in this photo above.



    This photo was taken facing south. Facing south the Supercharger cabinets and main switchgear will be installed to the left of this trash and recycling compound doorway. The utility power transformer and meter will be installed to the right of the doorway.


    Updated October 28, 2020.


    The Tesla contractor has broken ground.  Here they are starting to lay out the concrete pad for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.

    Update as of October 30, 2020.


    Work continues on placing the conduit bends prior to pouring the concrete pad for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.

    Update as of November 1, 2020.


    A close up of the concrete pad for the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets and the main switchgear.  You can see the foundation and conduit stubs for four of the charging posts.


    Here you can see three of the four charging post that run from right to left along the side of the trash and recycling compound, and four of the charging posts that run along the rear of the compound.  In the brown boxes the charging post enclosures are being staged.  The two white boxes are the version 3 Supercharger cabinets.



    Here is a close up of the Supercharger cabinets and one of the enclosures for the charging posts.

    Update as of November 7, 2020.


    Nearing completion.

    Update as of November 8, 2020.

    This photo shows all 8 charging posts.



    Technicians working on the utility transformer.  To the left is the meter cabinet, but the meter has not yet been installed.

    Update as of November 13, 2020.


    This Supercharger Station is now operational.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    Email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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