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    Suggested Tesla Supercharger locations in Florida

    I'd like to start a discussion of proposed Tesla Supercharger locations for Florida that perhaps Tesla will consider in planning their network.

    Here's my idea I'd be interested in hearing what other's thoughts are on the subject.

    Alligator Alley is a long stretch of I-75 of more than 80miles with only one gas station along the way. It is the only high speed arterial connecting the East and West coasts of Florida in the South.

    That solitary gas station is located at exit 49 and I believe it is a perfect location for a Tesla Supercharger. In addition to the gas station, there are separate restrooms, parking and shaded picnic area. Three phase power is available next to the restrooms. The property belongs to the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

    Perhaps the Miccosukee Indians would be amenable to Tesla installing one of their Superchargers adjacent to parking spots near their pad-mounted transformer.

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    Looks a bit desolate, but if it's the only place for miles...

    Snake Rd Interstate 75, Big Cypress National Preserve, Broward, Florida - Google Maps


    After stretching my legs, I'd probably sit in the car and play with the touchscreen.

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    Well maybe it would be tolerable for a supercharger, but speaking as a Roadster owner that's about the last place I'd want to spend a few hours...

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    How about one on the east coast, and one on the west coast? They don't seem to be that far apart (~100 miles), and then you could use each also for other routes.
    Buying an EV is one thing, being able to drive it beyond city limits another...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norbert View Post
    How about one on the east coast, and one on the west coast? They don't seem to be that far apart (~100 miles), and then you could use each also for other routes.
    That's a much better solution. I've done that drive many times, and I always make sure that I've got plenty of gas to make it across Alligator Alley. Anyone driving there should know that they need to have enough charge to get across the state and top off accordingly on either end of the Alley.

    Fun fact: Phish had a 2 day concert extraveganza at the Big Cypress National Preserve around the millenial New Year (2000). I had a friend who went -- it took him almost the whole day to get out of there and drive back to my house (about 50 miles). Would've been awesome to have had a Model S (and the touchscreen) for that traffic jam!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    Looks a bit desolate, but if it's the only place for miles...

    Snake Rd Interstate 75, Big Cypress National Preserve, Broward, Florida - Google Maps


    After stretching my legs, I'd probably sit in the car and play with the touchscreen.
    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for the link.

    Yes, everything is desolate on Alligator Alley. There are no restaurants or hotels, just rest stops and this solitary gas station. You absolutely don't want to run out of gas or charge on that highway!


    By the way, thanks very much for setting up local groups.


    Larry

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    Agree with Larry that Alligator Alley needs something, but Norbert is right.....

    Tesla is at the Miami end (or will be when the new store opens) as are other charging stations. At the Naples end I would go for exit 101 where all the eating places are. Alternatively go more downtown Naples (Old Naples is only about 6 miles away).

    Personally, if I'm going to wait around while the car charges I'd rather do that waiting where I can do something; in SWFL there's a couple of good examples: Main Street in Lakewood Ranch (3 miles to I-75) or Palm Ave in Sarasota (7 miles from the I-75, but 1/2 block from downtown) with easy access by foot to restaurants and stores and even libraries or cinema's.

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    For superchargers in Florida, I think the two main interstates (I-75 and I-95) and the Florida Turnpike, should be the main point of focus. I-95 would probably be the first priority because people driving from the northeast (Boston/NY/Philly/DC etc.) would need this, and you'd be going through a series of cities from Jacksonville down to Miami. I-4, which crosses the state east/west would be the other highway that should eventually get superchargers, but those three should definitely be the first priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norbert View Post
    How about one on the east coast, and one on the west coast? They don't seem to be that far apart (~100 miles), and then you could use each also for other routes.
    That might work. The Dania Beach Tesla Store is about 20 miles from the East end of Alligator Alley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnold Panz View Post
    For superchargers in Florida, I think the two main interstates (I-75 and I-95) and the Florida Turnpike, should be the main point of focus. I-95 would probably be the first priority because people driving from the northeast (Boston/NY/Philly/DC etc.) would need this, and you'd be going through a series of cities from Jacksonville down to Miami. I-4, which crosses the state east/west would be the other highway that should eventually get superchargers, but those three should definitely be the first priority.
    Hi Arnold,

    Yes, that makes sense.

    Larry

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