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  • September 19, 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    There has been a lot of recent interest on the subject of an imminent opening of a long-waited Naples Service Center.  In July, Jerome Guillen, President, Automotive at Tesla, got our attention. He posted the following solicitation on LinkedIn asking for suitable spaces for service centers, specifically referencing Naples, Florida.


    Yesterday, after receiving a lot of rumors, I located a building permit for the Naples Service Center.  It is actually in Fort Myers at a former CarMax location at 8900 Colonial Center Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33905.

    Here is an excerpt of the permit.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The new Service Center is located less than a mile from the Supercharger Station at Dani Dr.

    Update as of September 11, 2020.



    The Service Center doesn't have Tesla signage yet, but it is reported that crews are working inside the facility.

    Update as of September 15, 2020.




    Update as of September 18, 2020.








    Our latest rumor is that they will be open for business on Monday, September 21, 2020.

    If you live or work nearby, please send me some high-resolution photos of the the facility.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 18, 2020 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    One of the members of the Tesla Motors Club forum found a permit application for a Supercharger Station at the Canoe Creek Service Plaza on the Florida Turnpike.  The title of the project is a bit confusing because instead of referencing the Canoe Creek Service Plaza, it names the Fort Pierce Service Plaza. Apparently, some overworked individual cut and pasted information from another document and forgot to edit it.

    Assuming the details are correct, the application indicates that Tesla, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation, plans to install 16 Version 3 charging terminals at the Canoe Creek Service Plaza.

    Here is a vicinity map:

    Here's a Google street view of the Service Plaza:


    I'm guessing that the Supercharger Station will be sited  on the north end of the parking lot.  That would be to the left of this photo.


    If anyone is visiting this service plaza, if you see any signs of construction, please take some high-resolution photos and send them to me.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 16, 2020 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The editor of Supercharge.info, the unofficial website that tracks Supercharger installations, has located another active permit application for a future Supercharger Station near Jacksonville. 


    The ID portion of the permit application show that this is a Tesla application and the Electrical Contractor has been selected.


    The Overview portion of the permit application provides a description of the work which is not entirely accurate.  As can been seen, the application calls for two Supercharger cabinets to power 8 charging terminals.  That means that this will be a Version 3 installation.  The description states "INSTALL (8) 120 KW TESLA CHARGING POSTS", but Version 3 charging terminals are rated at 250 kW.

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

    The Supercharger Station will be located at the Winn-Dixie at 703 Chaffee Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32221.

    Here is a vicinity map:


    The red arrow shows the location of the future Supercharger Station. To the extreme right is the location of the existing Jacksonville Supercharger Station.



    Here's the Google aerial shot of the Winn-Dixie parking lot. Someone has posted a pin for the future Supercharger, but it doesn't mark the exact location.  

    Update as of September 7, 2020.

    Construction has not only started, but it appears that this Supercharger Station is nearly operational.  


    Here is the precise location of the Supercharger Station in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.  There are five charging stalls located toward the top of the red rectangle with an additional three located on the bottom. 



    This photo was taken north of the site looking south toward the entrance of the parking lot.  The five charging stalls are in the foreground and the three stalls are in the background.


    This image is portion of the previous photo zoomed to show the two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets, the switchgear and utility transformer.

    Update as of September 15, 2020.


    This photo was taken north of the site looking north.

    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

  • September 15, 2020 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Club member Pam Vernich and her 92-year-old mom are the owners of the 10th installation of the Tesla Solar Roof tiles on the East Coast of the US. It’s an installation at their farm in Maryland.

    On September 12, 2020, Pam discussed the fun and headaches in being one of the first clients on the East Coast to work with SolarCity / Tesla Energy during the four-year process. The installation went into service this May 2020.

    Pam provided the following Powerpoint presentation:

    Tesla Solar Roof

    Here's some screenshots:

    I want to thank Pam for sharing her solar experience.

    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, a Virtual Meetup, or socially distanced outdoor event, 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

  • September 12, 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This sign was posted at the new construction site for the Port St. Lucie Supercharger Expansion.

    Those old timers among us may remember that the Port St. Lucie Supercharger Station was the first station to open in Florida back in July 2013. At the time, it was a very big deal and Tesla arranged for a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with some dignitaries.

    Here's a photos I pulled from my archives of that momentous event:

    Former State Representative Adam Hasner, former Port St Lucie Mayor, JoAnn Faiella, and former Tesla executive Kevin Kassekert cut the ribbon for the first Supercharger in Florida. The mayor had the foresight to contact Tesla to propose the installation of the station.  In those days virtually no one knew Tesla, what a Supercharger was, and why you would want a station in your community.

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for updates.

    Fast-forward almost 7 years and Tesla is expanding the Supercharger Station. Recently a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum discovered the beginning of construction.

    We don’t have much information yet, but I did find some public records confirming the expansion.

    Here's a couple of photos:

    Updated as of June 21, 2020.

    There are 6 Supercharging terminals shown in the following photos.  They are located across from the Benjamin Moore Paint store and Moe's Southwest Grill.  


    If it turns out that there are only six terminals, then that would suggest that this will be a version 2 Supercharger Station with three Supercharger cabinets and two terminals per Supercharger.  We will have to wait to see what develops.

    Update as of June 23, 2020.

    The above photo was taken at the existing Supercharger location. It is possible that Tesla will be installing the new Supercharger cabinets, switchgear and new utility transformer to the left of the existing location, or will be enlarging the existing Supercharger enclosure to accommodate more equipment. If so, the conduits may contain high-voltage cables running from the  existing utility transformer to a new second utility transformer to power the expansion.

    Update as of July 5, 2020.


    This photo was taken to the left of the original Supercharger location.  It appears that two more charging terminals are going in at the original location for a total of 10.


    To power the two new terminals, plus the six additional terminal across from the paint store, are four more version 2 Supercharger cabinets.

    Correction: These cabinets are the original version 2 cabinets installed in 2013. My confusion was caused by the removal of the enclosure around them making me erroneously conclude that they were newly installed.

    Update as of July 22, 2020

    One of our readers visited the site and spoke to a Tesla employee monitoring the charger speeds. The employee explained that they have been plagued with problems from the beginning and do not know when they'll be functional. He mentioned that the water table was high, and they're working on it.

    Update as of August 6, 2020.


    This photo is taken from the the back of the existing, operational Superchargers.  It shows the original Supercharger cabinets, on the right, that are powering the existing 8 charging terminals. The gray boxes to the left of the Supercharger cabinets are the original main switchgear, and the green box to the extreme left is the original utility transformer.  All of the this was originally hidden by the white enclosure that can be seen in the first photo.


    This is another view from the rear showing the utility transformer in the foreground on the left, the switchgear and the old version 2 Supercharger cabinets.  

     

    This photo is also from the rear and it is to the right of the previous photos. It shows what appears to be a covered charging terminal on the extreme left.  Again, this is located at the existing Supercharger Station.  You can see the 6 new charging terminals in the background in front of the paint store.

    Update as of September 12, 2020.

    Not much progress has been made, but the following photos provide excellent views of the current situation.


    These are the new charging terminals located across from the paint store. The construction fencing around them has been removed, but as can be seen they are still covered.


    This photo is of the original Supercharger equipment installed in July 2013. The original white enclosure, as seen in the first photo, has been removed.


    Facing the original Supercharger installation, this photo is taken to the left.  It shows one of the original charging terminals is covered and inaccessible due to the expansion construction.  It appears to me that Tesla will be installing two more new charging terminals to the left of the the existing covered terminal. I am guessing that after Tesla overcomes the water table problem that they will install additional new Supercharger equipment in this general area to the left of the existing equipment.


    If you work or live nearby, please 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

  • September 11, 2020 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    One of our observant club members discovered an 8 terminal, version 3, Supercharger Station under construction at the Wawa at 116 N. Highway 27/441, Lady Lake, FL 32159.

    The location is not currently listed on Tesla’s official Find Us page displaying “Coming Soon” Supercharger Stations.

    Here’s a vicinity map:

    The Wawa is located at the intersection of County Road 466 (Lemon St) and US Highway 27/441.  

    Here is a Google street photo of the Wawa.

    I have drawn a red rectangle where I believe the charging spaces are going. The street the photo was taken from is US 27/441. 

    You can see the construction of the 8 charging terminals.  The box on the right is the type of main switchgear that Tesla is currently using.  The distinctive blue fencing is consistent with what Rack Electric uses. They are an electrical contractor that Tesla frequently uses for Supercharger installations.

    Update as of August 14, 2020.


    Progress is being made in pouring the foundations of the 8 charging terminals and installing bollards.


    Some of the signage has been installed.


    Under the tarps and protective tent sits the version 3 Supercharger cabinets.


    Here is a close-up of one of the two Supercharger cabinets.


    Rack Electric, Tesla' electrical contractor, appears to be doing most of Tesla's Supercharger installations in Florida currently.


    Each box contains two version 3 Supercharger charging terminals.


    One of the version 3 Supercharger charging terminals.  The cabling is slightly thinner than the earlier version 2.


    A close-up of the terminal specifications. "RAINPROOF"


    A close-up of the foundation of a charging terminal.

    Update as of August 19, 2020.


    The charging terminals have been installed. It appears that the utility transformer may also have been installed. 

    Update as of August 21, 2020.


    It looks like all the necessary equipment has been installed except the meter. 


    Two Version 3 Supercharger cabinets, the main switchgear and the meter cabinet.



    Version 3 Supercharger cabinet nameplate specifications.



    The utility transformer has been set on pad...


    ...but I don't think the secondary cables have be connected yet.



    The meter cabinet has been installed awaiting the meter.  As you can see from the label, this installation received final electrical inspection yesterday, August 20, 2020. So, we should expect this Supercharger station to be operational any day now.



    Eight Version 3 charging terminals awaiting meter and final check by Tesla contractor prior to being energized.

    Update as of August 25, 2020.


    The power company is working on the connections at the utility transformer. It looks like the secondary cable to the main switchgear has been connected and they are working on the incoming primary connections to the transformer.  The meter cabinet front panel has been removed, but to the left of it we can see the meter ready to be installed. We are very close to be operational.

    Update as of September 11, 2020.

    The Supercharger Station is partially open.


    Although the navigation screen currently display a temporary closure, it has been reported to me that only one of the Superchargers is down.  So, as shown in this photo there are some charging terminals that are operational and some that are covered.


    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • September 11, 2020 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    During these challenging times, it can be tough to sort out fact from fiction when it comes to COVID-19.  On September 10, 2020, two of our club members, who are also practicing physicians, participated in a Virtual Meetup to make presentations and answer our questions. 


    Dr. Lottenberg discussed the most recent treatments and his first-hand knowledge of taking care of some of the sickest COVID patients in Palm Beach.

    Dr. Jibawi discussed how we can stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.

    Each doctor provided a PowerPoint presentation.  If you have the software, click on the links below.

    COVID 19 Update From a Frontline Healthcare Worker September 2020

    COVID 19 How to stay safe and still enjoy your life


    Dr. Lottenberg in full Personal Protective Gear.


    Dr. Jibawi, aka Dr. AJ.

    Kate has a question.


    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, a Virtual Meetup, or socially distanced outdoor event, 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

  • September 09, 2020 10:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 8, 2020, members of Florida Tesla Enthusiast enjoyed a fun time at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. The weather cooperated, and we were seated, socially distanced, outside under the stately Buttonwood trees.

    Mar Vista is one of the most historic properties on Longboat Key.  It was built in 1913 by Rufus P. Jordan, who platted the town of Longbeach, as Longboat Key was known in those days. The site initially housed a bait shop and was a stopping off point for out of town fishermen in the 1940s.  

    In the 1980s, Ed Chiles bought the property. He is maintaining the "Old Florida" feel of Mar Vista, preserving its history and charm. Ed owns a string of local seafood restaurants and supports several environmental initiatives.  He is a Tesla owner, and his Beachhouse Restaurant hosts a Tesla Connector.

    Mar Vista was an ideal place for our club to resume in-person activities in a safe, socially distanced manner. 

    Here are some photos of this delightful restaurant.

    Anthony Cabrera, the Assistant General Manager greeted our group.


    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, a Virtual Meetup, or socially distanced outdoor event, 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

  • September 03, 2020 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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

    A member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum located a permit for the “Coming Soon” Lakeland Supercharger Station. The site is located at the Wawa at 4320 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809.

    The permit doesn't specifically state that this is a Supercharger.  However, the fact that Tesla is an applicant for the "Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Station" at a Wawa in Lakeland makes this virtually certain that is is the Supercharger Station planned for Lakeland.

    Here is the vicinity map:


    Update as of July 22, 2020.

    Construction at the Lakewood Supercharger has begun with the staging of Tesla equipment. I received the following photos from a helpful Tesla owner visiting the Wawa hosting the new Supercharger. It looks like two version 3 Supercharger cabinets have been delivered to power eight terminals.



    The two previous photos I believe are of the version 3 Supercharger cabinets.  


    Rack Electric is Tesla's "Go-To" electrical contractor for many Supercharger installations.

    Update as of July 25, 2020.



    I'm informed that my initial guess regarding the location of the future charging stalls was incorrect.  Above is the correct location.


    Update as of July 29, 2020.



    The two previous photos show the main switchgear on the right and one of the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets in the center.

    Update as of July 31, 2020.


    Progress is coming along.  Here we see five of the seven back-in spaces and one pull-in space.  Also shown are the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets.

    Update as of August 7, 2020.

    The next series of photos show work being done to install a utility transformer.  There is already a utility transformer installed, but there is a concrete pad awaiting the installation of a second utility transformer.

    It is possible that Lakeland Electric, the local power company, plans to install two medium-sized transformers to power this installation, or the existing transformer may be to power the Wawa.  


    The existing utility transformer can be seen to the right.


    Here is a view of the utility transformer shown in the background. The concrete pad in the foreground is for a second transformer.  The smaller conduits closest are for high voltage incoming primary cable.  The larger conduits are for the 480 volt secondary cable.  The small pipe with the weatherhead is for metering wire.  So far, members taking these photos report that there is no sign of a meter cabinet yet. The meter equipment will probably be installed in the area around the hole between the concrete pad and the existing transformer.

    Another view of the two version 3 Supercharger cabinets.  For a total of 2 MW of capacity.

    I am not sure the function of this small box.  It may be a Master Controller Cabinet to monitor the Supercharger Station remotely.


    Updated August 19, 2020.


    The utility transformer has been installed.


    Here is the same transformer on the left in relation to an existing utility transformer which may be for the Wawa's electric service.


    This hole between the two utility transformers.  I believe we can see the metering conduit going from the utility transformer for the Supercharger to the concrete post. On that post is what appears to be an existing meter cabinet for the other transformer. Tesla's contractor will probably install another meter cabinet on the post above the conduit for the Supercharger Station.


    Update as of August 22, 2020.


    It looks like my comments about the previous photo  was correct.  The Tesla contractor has installed the meter cabinet for the Supercharger on the same post as the meter for the Wawa electric service.  I am pretty sure that this transformer is for the Wawa.



    This photo shows the new Supercharger transformer on the left and the existing transformer for the Wawa on the right.

    Update as of August 31, 2020.


    Meter was just installed in meter cabinet today, August 31, 2020. This station could be energized at any time.

    Update as of September 3, 2020.


    This station is  operational.

    Thanks.

    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

  • August 30, 2020 2:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Busy Bee Convenience Store and Gas Station, nearing completion in Panama City Beach, will host a future Supercharger Station

    Please scroll down to the bottom of the article for updates.

    In October 2019, a kick-off ceremony was conducted in Panama City Beach to celebrate the construction of a 15,500 square foot Busy Bee convenience store and gas station. Along with other company and local government officials was Elizabeth Waring, Principal and Chief Executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, Inc., the parent company of the Busy Bee franchise.  

    Recently a member of the Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum met Ms. Waring. Since Busy Bee currently has 12 Superchargers at their Live Oak location, he asked her if they were going to install Superchargers at the Panama City Beach location. She said yes and indicated that the Busy Bee would open soon, but it was going to be a couple more weeks before the Superchargers were up and running since they experienced some delays in permitting due to COVID-19.  (The person taking the photo above indicated that there was no sign of construction of the Supercharger yet.  So, it will probably take more than a couple of weeks before the Supercharger is operational.)

    The Busy Bee is located at 14100 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413.  

    It will include 32 fueling stations at 16 pumps, and a full-service convenience store including a quick-service restaurant. It will operate on a 24/7 basis once it opens.

    Here a vicinity map:


    The location is about an hour’s drive from the DeFuniak Springs Superchargers and about three hours from the Tallahassee Superchargers.

    The location isn't currently displayed on Tesla's Find Us map. However, to further confirm this information, another member of the TMC forum located a permit for the Supercharger Station.  The permit reads “Tesla to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Station” and doesn’t explicitly state “Supercharger.” However, since Busy Bee has hosted other Superchargers, I think we can reasonably assume that this is going to be a Supercharger Station rather than a Tesla destination charging station.


    Above is a permit was issued for a Tesla Electric Vehicle Charging Station.

    Update as of June 24, 2020.

    Here are some photos of the Busy Bee Station.  The station and store is expected to be open this summer.  Construction of the Supercharger Station has not yet broken ground.




    Update as of July 26, 2020



    The two photos above show that Tesla has broken ground on this Supercharger Station.  The installation is adjacent to the parking lot next to the Guthrie's Chicken Fingers restaurant.


    Another view of the conduit work that will go under the Supercharger cabinets. There's a relatively small 112 KVA utility transformer in the background that feeds the Busy Bee . 


    Updated as of july 29, 2020.

    Seven future back-in charging terminals

    One pull-in future charging terminal.

    Update as of August 8, 2020.

    The following photos were provided by a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum.

    Charging terminals being readied for installation.

    Utility transformer concrete pad in foreground, main switchgear and Supercharger cabinets in the background.  The  wooden post between the pad and the switchgear will probably be used to mount the Supercharger station's meter.

    Main switchgear on left, two version 3 Supercharger cabinets on right.

    Tesla contractor pulling in cables between charging terminals and Supercharger cabinets, doors open.

    Update as of July 9, 2020.


    To the right of the Supercharger cabinets we can see the contractor working on the main switchgear through the hole in the charging terminal.


    A view of the pull-in charging spaces along side two back-in spaces.

    Update as of August 12, 2020.


    Utility transformer delivered to the site.



    This is a high voltage connection box.  Underground cable loops in and out of it.  The primary cable from the  smaller existing utility transformer that is serving the Busy Bee will looped into the connection box and out to the new larger utility transformer that will feed the Supercharger Station.

    Update as of August 16, 2020.


    Correction: The utility transformer and meter in the foreground are probably for the service to the Busy Bee. (I originally thought it was for the Supercharger.) The second utility in the background will be powering the Supercharger Station. The green box on the extreme right under the backhoe arm is the connection box in the previous photo.  


    Updated as of August 19, 2020.


    This photo shows the utility transformer in the background in the previous photo.  It serves the Supercharger Station. 



    A view of the back-in stalls.


    One pull-in stall.



    The meter cabinet for the Supercharger Station doesn't yet have a meter installed in it.  The permit says that the final electrical inspection was approved on August 18, 2020, so apparently we are waiting for Gulf Power to install the meter and Tesla's contractor, global Technical Solutions, to test the operation. I'm guessing this could happen at any time.


    Update August 23, 2020.

    Members of the Tesla Motors Club forum reported that as of August 19, 2020, a meter had been installed, but as of August 22nd the station has not been energized.


    A good photo of the Panama City Beach Supercharger Station. Hopefully it will be operational very soon.

    Update as of August 28, 2020.

    This Supercharger Station is now operational.


    Updated as of August 30, 2020.


    With this impressive charging rate, there's no question that this is a Version 3 Supercharger Station



    Larry Chanin

    President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

    email: lfchanin@gmail.com

    Website: teslaownersflorida.org

    Facebook: Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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