Port St. Lucie Supercharger undergoing an expansion (Public)

August 06, 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.


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

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