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  • March 05, 2021 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for the most recent status.

    A reader of our news articles did a bit of detective work searching Brevard County public records. He discovered that Tesla recently submitted a permit application for a new Supercharger Station in Rockledge and passed the information on to me.

    The proposed site is at the Viera Village Center shopping mall located at 5410 Murrell Rd, Rockledge, FL 32955.

    Here’s the permit application:

    You will note that Tesla is proposing an 8-stall Version 3 Supercharger Station.

    Below is a vicinity map:

    The red arrow marks the location of the proposed Supercharger Station in Rockledge.  It nicely splits the distance between the new Titusville Superchargers and the West Melbourne Superchargers to 24 and 19 miles, respectively. The "Coming Soon" Cocoa West Supercharger, which used to be displayed on Tesla's Find Us page, is no longer listed. Its removal is not surprising since it would have been only about 10 miles from this proposed Supercharger Station.



    Above is a Google view of The Village Center parking lot. Based on where the underground utilities are located, I am guessing that the charging stalls will be near the red rectangle. After the permit is issued, that is where I would start looking for signs of breaking ground.  As the project proceeds let's see if my guess is correct. 

    Update: Well my guess was wrong. Please scroll down for the correct location.

    This permit application was submitted on December 1, 2020 and at this time an Electrical Contractor has yet to be assigned to the project. We should not expect any progress until that happens.

    Update as of January 25, 2021.

    Permit was issued on January 25, 2021.

    Update as of February 5, 2021.

    Our eagle-eye reader (thanks Mike) who discovered the permit on this Supercharger Station found that construction started and my guess was incorrect.


    My guess was the red rectangle on the left above. The actual location, in the far right corner of the parking, is better.


    Here Mike labels the charging posts that he has seen under construction.

    Interestingly, the original permit was for 8 charging post, but as you will see in subsequent photos, Tesla has delivered 3 Version 3 Superchargers with each powering 4 charging posts.


    Three Version 3 Supercharger cabinets to power 12 charging posts.


    Tesla informs me that they will be installing 12 charging posts. I am guessing that four more charging posts will eventually be added adjacent to the number 8 label show in an earlier image.


    Some of the initial construction of the charging posts.



    Three charging posts with the concrete pad for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear in the background.



    We zoomed in on the concrete pad. It's hard to see, it appears that there are conduits for 3 Supercharger cabinets.

    Update as of February 13, 2021.


    Work has now begun on installing the last four charging posts. Mike has helpfully updated this image to show posts number 9 through 12.



    Here are charging posts 9 through 12, with the concrete pad for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.



    Switchgear to the left with three Version 3 Supercharger cabinets.



    This is the first time I have seen this arrangement with bollards to protect the charging posts set at 90 degrees from a typical orientation.  It looks like a clever idea, but to protect the posts while minimizing the chance of damage to Teslas, I think I would have positioned the bollards up past the curbing and installed some parking bumpers. We have communicated our concerns to Tesla. 


    Pulling in cable from the charging posts to the Supercharger cabinets.

    Update as of February 18, 2021.


    A view of all the charging posts.



    Zooming in on the meter cabinet.  No meter yet and no utility transformer which should be nearby.


    Another view of the charging posts and the meter cabinet to the right. I am guessing that the utility transformer will be installed behind the orange fencing.

    Update as of February 19, 2021.


    This view is across Murrell Road with the Superchargers directly behind. It shows utility markers directly aligned with an existing utility transformer across the street.



    This photo is the same point of view as the previous, but further back to show the excavation adjacent to the Supercharger pad.



    Above is my description of what I think will happen. The existing transformer on the right denotes the location of existing underground high voltage cable.  The utility markers in the previous photo suggests that the utility will be boring under the street to extend the cable to the Supercharger location. The excavation adjacent to the Supercharger pad is the likely location of a future concrete pad for a new transformer to power the Supercharger Station.  So, while the fencing has been removed and to the causal observer this installation looks almost ready, the fact remains that there is a bit more utility work needed.


    Update as of March 4, 2021.


    A member of the Tesla Motor Club (TMC) forum took this photo and spoke with these Tesla Energy technicians.  They told him that they were closing out some minor items, placing the post numbers on, etc. They allowed him to charge.  So apparently, there's a utility transformer somewhere nearby and they were bypassing the missing meter to allow charging.  The hole next to the pad shown in previous photos has been filled in and sodded over.


    One of our readers reported to me that he spoke with two workers on March 2. They told him that two fuses would complete the install in a day or so. This would be immediately followed by a city inspection for approval of use. From that point on, it would be up to Tesla to open the site.

    On March 4, another member of Tesla Motor Club (TMC) forum reported that he was able to charge despite the fact that the Supercharger Station is not currently listed as active on the Find Us page or in the Tesla navigation systems.

    Update as of March 5, 2021.


    The Rockledge Supercharger Station is operational.

    Update as of March 5, 2021.


    Yes, we knew that there had to be a transformer there somewhere, but finally here's a photo.


    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 28, 2021 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 26, 2021, we had our first unstructured Virtual Happy Hour. No, we didn't solve all the world's problems. Still, it was fun and a welcome diversion from Coronavirus House Arrest to see and chat with our members from across the state. If there's interest, we might do this every month.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 27, 2021 10:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 23, 2021, Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter Welch introduced the Electric Cars Act. This is bicameral legislation that would extend the electric vehicle tax credit for 10 years and help implement charging infrastructure.

    Currently, a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for the purchase of electric vehicles. However, the law caps the number of eligible vehicles at 200,000 per manufacturer. After reaching the threshold, a phaseout of the credit begins. Domestic manufacturers General Motors and Tesla have already hit the manufacturing cap, and consumers no longer receive tax credits for those American brands. As a result, the law currently creates incentives for electric car buyers to purchase imported vehicles over American electric vehicles.

    The Electric Cars Act would improve the current tax credit by:

    • Eliminating the per manufacturer cap, allowing consumers access to the tax credit for the next 10 years, regardless of the manufacturer from which they purchase their car;
    • Allowing buyers to use the tax credit over a 5-year period or apply the credit on the spot at the dealership to reduce the price of the vehicle, making the credit more applicable to those without large tax liability; and
    • Providing a 10-year extension of tax credits for alternative fuel vehicles and charging infrastructure to incentivize the buildout of this important infrastructure around the country.

    “As climate chaos continues to ramp up with record-setting winter storms, violent hurricanes, and catastrophic wildfires, it is imperative that we transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles, which are fanning the flames of the crisis,” said Senator Merkley. “Consumers are already looking for electric cars, and this bill will help drive adoption faster—and make sure more of those cars are made by American workers in American factories.”

    “We need to quickly and aggressively invest in electric vehicles to combat the global climate emergency that threatens all of our local communities,” said Congressman Welch. “Owning an electric vehicle can be cheaper and offers significant public health and environmental benefits, but for many Americans they are unaffordable at the dealership. This bill makes the next generation of electric vehicles accessible to more people by allowing them to receive the electric vehicle tax credit right away. Encouraging electric vehicle adoption is a common sense win for consumers, the environment, and American workers.”

    The full text of the legislation is available here.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 23, 2021 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    New Delray Beach Service Center

    Tesla opened another, what I call a  “Pop-Up” Service Center at 3000 S Federal Highway, Delray, FL 33483.  This was another pleasant surprise that we weren’t aware of until Tesla informed me of its soft-opening this week.

    This was formerly a Ford and Hyundai Service Center.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 21, 2021 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    The above photo of the St. Petersburg Supercharger Station under construction was posted to Facebook.  It is not listed as a “Coming Soon” Supercharger on Tesla’s official Find Us page. It is located at a Wawa at 3637 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711.

    Here is the permit:


    Digging a little deeper into public records it states:

    Tesla proposes to Install an Electric Vehicle Charging station at Wawa consisting of (2) V3 SUPERCHARGER CABINETS, (8) V3 CHARGING POSTS, (1) MASTER CONTROLLER, (1) SWITCHGEAR ASSEMBLY, and (1) UTILITY TRANSFORMER.

    And:

    Install 1500 amp rated MLO MDP w/2-700 amp 480 volt breakers feeding 1-each Tesla charging cabinet. Each charging cabinet has 4-350 amp devices feeding 4-250 KW DC charging posts. Install 30 amp 277 volt circuit to site controller.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The red arrows marks the location. It is 22 miles south of the Pinellas Supercharger Station.

    Update as of December 4, 2020.




    Update as of December 5, 2020.


    This concrete pad is for two Supercharger cabinets and the main switchgear.

    Update as of December 28, 2020.


    Main switchgear in front with two version 3 Supercharger cabinets behind it.



    Another view of switchgear and Supercharger cabinets along with the charging posts.



    The installed utility transformer and meter on the left is probably for service to the Wawa.  The concrete pad and empty meter cabinet is for a future utility transformer and meter for service to the Supercharger station.



    Eight charging posts, seven back in, one pull in.

    Update as of January 4, 2020.


    Another view of the vacant transformer pad.



    Another view of all 8 charging posts.

    Update as of February 21, 2021.


    The Saint Petersburg Supercharger Station is operational.



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 21, 2021 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This photo was uploaded to the Tesla Motors Club forum. It was taken from a moving car and show the newly opened Fort Lauderdale Service Center.

    Tesla gave us a pleasant surprise by opening a full-service Service Center and Store in Fort Lauderdale under our radar.  It is located at 2829 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306. The location was formerly a Best Buy consumer electronics store.

    Tesla management informs me that this surprise opening is a full opening, not merely a soft-opening.




    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:             lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:          teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook:        Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 20, 2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The folks at the Tesla Motors Club forum have provided us with some photos showing that another needed "Coming Soon" Panhandle Supercharger Station is under construction in Crestview. From the photos it appears that there will be 8 Version 3 charging posts.  This 

    The address is 2670 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview, FL 32536.

    Below is a vicinity map.

    The Mobile Alabama Supercharger (not shown) is 107 miles to the west and the Defuniak Springs Supercharger is 32 miles to the east.


    The red rectangle marks the location in the parking lot adjacent to Aspen Dental.


    Tesla's contractor has begun to stage equipment along West Redwood Ave.


    The local utility set a new pole which will be a cable pole feeding underground cable to the transformer powering the Supercharger Station.



    This Google Street view simulates the perspective in the previous photo.  The red markings give a better view of where the eight charging stalls will be located.


    In this image we have zoomed in on a previous photo to show contractors installing the concrete pad and conduit for the Supercharger cabinets and switchgear.


    The foundations for the charging posts have been installed.


    Updated as of February 10, 2021.



    Transformer installed on the left.



    Supercharger cabinets, switchgear and meter installed.

    Update as of February 17, 2021.


    On February 17, 2021, a Tesla owner uploaded the above photo to Plugshare.com. This Supercharger Station is operational.

    Crestview, FL Supercharger


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 13, 2021 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On February 5, 2021, the Committee on Ways and Means introduced the comprehensive 88-page "Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act of 2021." 

    Section by Section Summary Refer to Subtitle D—Greening the Fleet and Alternative Vehicles

    New Electric Vehicles (Battery Electrics & Plug-In Hybrids)

    The bill extends tax credits of up to $7,500 to purchase new electric vehicles (EVs). It increases the cap from 200,00 to 600,000 for the number of EVs manufacturers can sell before triggering the phaseout of the credit. However, it reduces the amount of credit to $7,000 after the first 200,000 EVs sold. 

    The phaseout period begins during the second calendar quarter after the 600,000-vehicle threshold is reached. At the start of the phaseout period, the credit is reduced by 50 percent for one calendar quarter and then ends. 

    For manufacturers that pass the earlier 200,000-vehicle threshold before the enactment of the bill, the number of vehicles sold between 200,000 and those sold on the date of enactment are excluded in determining when the 600,000-vehicle threshold is reached. This condition applies to General Motors and Tesla. 

    Used Electric Vehicles (Battery Electrics & Plug-In Hybrids)

    The bill creates a new refundable credit for buyers of used EVs from the date of enactment through 2026. Buyers can claim a base credit of $1,250 for the purchase of qualifying used EVs, with additional incentives for battery capacity. 

    The credit is capped at the lesser of $2,500 credit or 30% of the sale price. To qualify for this credit, used EVs must meet the same eligibility requirement as for new EVs per existing IRS provisions. The credit will not exceed a sale price of $25,000 and must be a model year at least two years earlier than the date of sale.

    Buyers with up to $30,000 ($60,000 for married couples filing jointly) in adjusted gross income (AGI) can claim the full amount of the credit. The credit phases out so that buyers with below $40,000 ($70,000 for married couples filing a joint return) in AGI may be eligible for a reduced credit. 

    Buyers must purchase the vehicle from a dealership for personal use and cannot claim the credit more than once every three years. The credit only applies to the first resale of a used EV and includes restrictions on sales between related parties.

    Charging Infrastructure

    The bill extends the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit through 2026. Beginning in 2022, it expands the credit for charging infrastructure by allowing a 20% credit for expenses in excess of $100,000. This provision allows a credit for expenses beyond the current limit if certain requirements are met. To qualify for this uncapped credit, the property must:

    1. be intended for general public use and either accept credit cards as a form of payment or not charge a fee
    2. be intended for exclusive use by government or commercial vehicle fleets.

    Zero-Emission Heavy vehicles and Buses

    The bill creates a manufacturer credit for the sale of zero-emission heavy vehicles starting after the date of enactment through the end of 2026. Eligible manufacturers may claim a credit of 10% of an eligible vehicle's sale price, capped at a credit of $100,000 per sale. To be eligible, vehicles must be for domestic use, weigh no less than 14,000 pounds, must not include an internal combustion engine, and be propelled solely by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery or fuel cell.

    Solar Provisions

    The GREEN Act also includes a five-year extension on the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which significantly promotes the adoption of solar systems. The ITC would be extended at 30% through the end of 2025, then phased down to 26% in 2026, 22% in 2027, and 10%. 

    Moving Forward

    The GREEN Act of 2021 is a crucial piece of legislation that bears watching. This federal bill will have far-reaching effects on electric vehicle and solar adoption. It will accelerate the already robust Florida EV market.  For instance, the passage of this bill would lower the cost of a Model 3 to about $32,000, including destination fees. The bill will have a ripple effect on transportation considerations in Florida and foster a sense of urgency for pending state EV legislation and initiatives. 

    Stay tuned.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • February 05, 2021 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    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 "Coming Soon" Supercharger Station location is displayed on the official Tesla Find Us map listed as Marianna, FL.

    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.

    Update as of January 24, 2021.


    Construction has started and is fairly advanced.  Dickey's Barbeque Pit is located to the right. 


    All 8 charging posts, the main switchgear, Supercharger cabinets and the concrete pad for the utility transformer are installed. 

    Update as of January 27, 2021.

      Utility transformer and meter cabinet installed.  Meter not yet installed in cabinet. Two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets and main switchgear in the background.


     Dickey's Barbeque Pit is located to the right. 


    All 8 charging posts.

    Update as of February 5, 2021.


    The Marianna Supercharger Station located at Dickey's Barbeque is now operational.


    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email:      lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website:   teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • 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

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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