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Public Tesla HPWC at Mote Marine in Sarasota, FL

Discussion in 'Florida' started by NigelM, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Once upon a time when Tesla was offering only Roadsters they did make some promises to provide referral rewards to folks who helped them sell a few cars. Back then our FL manager at the time (Will Nicholas) agreed to give me an extra charger but suggested I wait till Model S came out and to take an HPWC. I'm happy to say that Will's successor in FL, Graham Carroll, honored that agreement a couple of months back and that I have in turn donated the charger to Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota where it is now installed for public use.

    Mote has a fantastic aquarium which is a great place for families and kids to visit.

    The Tesla HPWC is immediately to your left, in the shade of the palm trees in front of the main aquarium entrance. Signage is not yet in place but the spaces are marked "permit holders only" for the time being; feel free to use the charger when you come visit - it is free of charge (although any small donation that you care to make at the front desk will go towards education and marine research, and will be much appreciated). I'll get pictures this week and post them here so the location is easy to find.

    Huge thanks to Graham and Will at Tesla and to other local owners who bought cars on my recommendation (especially Warren, who bought two!), I hope you don't hold it against me! :)

    Note 1. This is additional to the HPWC being installed in the Keys and there's more news on that to come soon.

    Note 2. Mote Aquarium also has a Chargepoint charger already installed which also operates free of charge but does require a Chargepoint card to operate.
     
  2. Huskerfl

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    Fantastic, Nigel!
     
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    You played a significant part in this so many thanks to you, too.
     
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    Yay, Nigel and yay Mote Marine!

    Thanks for all you do, Nigel!
     
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    Thanks!! I'll make sure it gets used :smile:
     
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    Good stuff Nigel. I like the idea of an HPWC in the Keys too. Where will it be?
     
  7. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Thanks Nigel for your efforts and generosity.

    Larry
     
  8. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    Thanks so much! The one in the keys will be extremely useful as well.
     
  9. NigelM

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    Update; tested the charger this morning and it's working fine; has an 80A breaker switch in the box below the charger. My car started pulling 48A but I dialed it up to 64A. Mote also installed a NEMA 14-50 to the right and below the HPWC so that Roadsters can plug in and charge also. They will be marking up two spaces with signage.

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    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    I hope the dip switches are set to limit to 64A. Why not a 100A breaker?
     
  11. NigelM

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    Didn't try to check the dipswitches myself, but it worked ok for me. Mote had a cable they could use there but rating wasn't hefty enough for 100A On the island here voltage fluctuates around 201-202V, never gets higher than 208; don't know if that was also a limiting factor. I left my car charging for about 2 hours to confirm it worked ok though.
     
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    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    I'm not worried about it working. I'm worried about someone setting their car for 80A (or 65A) and exceeding the maximum load of an 80A breaker if the dip switches aren't set right.
     
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    The car won't let you go over 80% of the max amps available.

    P.S. I'm happy to check the dipswitches myself next week.
     
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    Put chargers in the plan for Mote to build an aquarium in Punta Gorda.
     
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    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Feasibility study is still on-going - Raising the money is going to be the hardest part.
     
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    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    If the dip switches are set for 100A breaker (80A charge, the way most HPWCs are set), the car will happily go over the maximum load for the breaker.
     
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    Visited the Mote Aquarium yesterday while my wife was at a business conference, and topped off a charge before heading back to Jax. Thank you, Nigel. photo[1].jpg
     
  18. Larry Chanin

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    Hi Jeff,

    I enjoyed having lunch with you.

    Do you recall the charging rate at Mote?

    Regards,

    Larry
     
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    Larry - I don't have a dual charger, so the HPWC could only charge at 40 amps. I think it was 28 miles/hour when I first plugged in, and I had a full range charge when I left. Enjoyed meeting you as well.

    Jeff
     
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    That was good if you got no power warnings. It's pretty common to get fairly large voltage fluctuations on the island.
     

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