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 utility transformer in the background.
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.
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.
Meter cabinet and meter installed.
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.
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