Tesla Confirms Supercharger Network Coming Soon In Australia

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 16

Model S Pricing Australia

Model S Pricing Australia

Coming To Australia

Coming To Australia

The Register has officially confirmed with Tesla Motors that a network of Superchargers is coming to Australia.

According to The Register, that network will see its first Supercharger get constructed in late 2014.

The Register adds:

“The company has appointed consulting engineer and renewables specialist Evan Beaver to manage the Australian Supercharger program.”

“Tesla would not provide details on the rollout, but told Vulture South that “Australian Model S deliveries begin later this year and, shortly after, we will develop a Supercharger network in the country that enables owners to take road trips.”

It’s unknown at this time where the Superchargers will be located in Australia.  Additionally, there’s no word on how many Supercharger will eventually be installed there.

Source: The Register

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16 responses to "Tesla Confirms Supercharger Network Coming Soon In Australia"

  1. Priusmaniac says:

    Mate that’s a challenge! Covering Australia would take about as much superchargers as for the US.

    1. Mikael says:

      Not really a challenge since they of course won’t cover all of Australia. That would be nuts since there are no one living in most of Australia.

      30-40 chargers would cover almost everything interesting in Australia.

      And 20 would give enough for basic coverage, connecting most big and important cities with each other.

      1. Jouni Valkonen says:

        My guess is that by 2024 in Australia there is little less than one 1000 supercharger sites, with each of course multiple outlets.

  2. MDEV says:

    With 1/10th of people of US

  3. ffbj says:

    At least the sc system there will get plenty of sun.

  4. Rob Stark says:

    The only real question is will Tesla connect Perth with Adelaide?

    1. Mikael says:

      When the Model 3 comes and sell/is reserved in big numbers, yes. Before that definitely not.

  5. kdawg says:

    But when will Nauru get a Supercharger…
    🙂

    1. Jouni Valkonen says:

      When Tesla’s submersible electric car enters into production…

      But seriously, it would be good PR campaign for Tesla to donate or greatly subsidize solar powered electric cars for every remote Island states on Pacific.

      As these are the ones who cannot escape if see level rises few inches.

  6. Spec9 says:

    I wouldn’t bother investing much into Australia right now. They have pretty much no EV incentives such that EV prices are really high. And the Abbott government is pretty hostile to anything remotely green.

    Maybe if you can convince them that more coal-burning will be needed for Teslas. LOL.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      A BMW 7 Series Hybrid starts at $222k Australian. or $203k US.

      The Cheapest 7 Series in Australia is the 3.0 liter turbo diesel. It starts at $204k Australian.

      BMW,MB,Lexus, and Audi gauge Australians almost as much as Chinese.

      The US has a free trade agreement with Australia so American car companies do not pay import duties. The Germans and Japanese pay an import duty.

      Import duties on cars is 5% plus a luxury car tax of 33% on the amount above $60k Australian.

      Model S can compete in Australia without any government BEV incentives.

  7. Chris says:

    As an American living here (Sydney) I would guess Super chargers would connect Melbourne and Sydney and possibly Sydney Brisbane. If I could buy a leaf or Volt for anywhere close to what I would pay in the US I would own one. But currently they cost way too much to make any sense. By the way Australia has less then 1/10 of US population 22 million versus 325 million. I tease my Aussie friends that you could put another 50 million people here and not even notice them! But they would probably all want to live in Sydney or Melbourne and that would be a problem!

    1. ydnas7 says:

      > Chris

      Get a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

  8. ydnas7 says:

    Model S will do very well in Australia without subsidies, due to local market pricing of the premium cars being very high.

    But Australians have a very high skepticism of Electric Vehicles, seen as golf carts, and the inability to take a 1000km jaunt for the long weekend is a real issue, not just a pretend issue.

    ie Sydney to Brisbane 900km
    Sydney to Melbourne 900km (via shortcut)

    Tesla will need to deploy its supercharger network for it to be seen as a real car.

    which is not that hard, if LPG is any guide

    1. Rob Stark says:

      That is all nationalities not just Australians.

      Currently, a majority of all potential car buyers in every country will not consider an electric car. Even in Norway where last month EVs had 15% market share.

      Electrification of the automobile starts with .001% market share then moves from there. A continental journey starts with the first step. Or a walkabout if you will.

      Early adopters show their friends and family EVs are not scary and are actually superior in most metrics. Then next round of purchases one or two buy an EV. They show their friends and family and so on and so on.