In Australia, Tesla Is Offering 1 Year Of Free At-Home Charging For Model S, X


Tesla Model S in Australia

From June 9th, consumers in Australia have one more reason to buy a Tesla (unfortunately its not a drastic cut in duty fees), as the Model S & Model X now also comes with one year free home charging.

Tesla Model S in Australia

The offer of free electricity for charging a Tesla at home address is available through AGL’s Electric Car Plan.

The special promotion requires one of course to be an actual customer of AGL, and applies only to single dwellings or residential homes (due to the install of the meter).

The program runs through July 31st.

According to AGL, the company encourages that 100% of the electricity supplied in the Electric Car Plan will be offset through its Future Forests program.

source: RenewEconomy

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24 responses to "In Australia, Tesla Is Offering 1 Year Of Free At-Home Charging For Model S, X"
  1. SparkEV says:

    Free public charging sucks, but I cannot see a reason why free home charging would suck. Still, I’m suspicious.

    1. DJ says:

      Those darn Teslas are gonna constantly loiter in their garages just to top off their charge meanwhile everyone in their Spark EVs have to wait to charge elsewhere!!

    2. SparkEV says:

      To answer my own question, free electricity means it doesn’t matter if it’s from the grid, which could have lots of fossil fuel in the mix. In fact, it makes no sense to get home solar if the grid is free.

      But if one has to pay, one is more likely to get home solar, thus pushing for cleaner energy.

      I think far better offer would’ve been deeply discounted home solar rather than free charging at home. How about half off on solar roof with purchase of S/X?

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Are electricity prices in Australia especially high? Hmmmm, perhaps so:

    From Gizmodo, March 2017: “Australian Electricity Prices Have Doubled Since The Carbon Tax Was Abandoned”

    I can understand why Tesla would be happy to make the deal with an electric utility, so long as Tesla doesn’t have to subsidize it very much. I’m less sure about why an electric utility would want to subsidize home charging. Sure, if their motive is to increase the amount of kWh their customers buy, enticing new BEV buyers with a free year’s worth of charging would be a good loss leader. But I don’t see that many utilities are interested in spending money to expand demand for their services. Since they all have local monopolies, they don’t have to advertise or run promotions. In fact, the promotions they do run — such as installing “smart” thermostats in your home — are intended to reduce total demand, not increase it.

    If electricity prices in Australia have recently spiked upward sharply, then perhaps Tesla feels it necessary to subsidize the at-home charging fee to promote sales. If so, then logic suggests it’s Tesla, not the local utility, which is footing most of the bill here.

    Of course, that logical reasoning doesn’t make it a fact.

    1. unlucky says:

      I would think it is the utilities kicking in some or maybe even a lot. The utilities are playing the long game.

      Think of it this way. Pretend you are an electricity vendor. Now look around town and think of how much energy is vended through gas stations. Then start to consider the amount of growth your business would undergo if you were to replace all those gas stations with electricity vended by you. If you had to take a bite in the short term to make this happen, you’d do it.

      And I think that’s what they are doing.

      And on top of all this, as Bill Howland inadvertently underscored in another article, if your utility vended more electricity you could vend it for less anyway. You have fixed expenses that could be amortized across more sales. And you have variable expenses which rise less than directly proportionally with energy delivery rates. If you could great a grid that is utilized about as much at night as in the day then you would have less grid upkeep overhead across larger sales. Both of those things would let you sell electricity for less and still make the same percentage profit. And the growth on top of that would make the profit larger in absolute numbers too!

      So I think electric utilities have some reason to push electric cars. They effectively can transfer some percentage of Exxon’s and Chevron’s market cap to their own company. So I think they are kicking in some to these programs too. How much I couldn’t really say though.

      1. RC368 says:

        I think you are right. PGE in California recently sent me $500 twice, because I had registered EV’s. And I bought these years ago (Sparkev, Volt). I’m not sure they took into consideration I also have solar and I don’t send them much moola, nor to the oil companies or any mechanics.

        1. says:

          You do send them money…your surplus solar is sent to your neighbors at top pick rate while PGE give you the net energy later and at night at much lower rates. They always make money no matter what.

          1. RC368 says:

            Well it works for me. I use to send them a bunch of actual money, and now I don’t.

          2. unlucky says:

            Net metering is not an advantage to PG&E. For customers who set up before a few months ago they get 100% retail rate on their electricity through net metering.

            This even though a portion of the retail rate goes to grid upkeep and distribution. When the take a kWh from your house and sell it to your neighbor at the same price they bought it from you they have to go out of pocket for the upkeep, distribution and energy loss costs.

            Rooftop solar is the most expensive electricity PG&E buys. They only buy it because they are legally mandated to.

            If you do go past 0 on net metering them PG&E might start to come out ahead. But this won’t happen on a properly sized system.

        2. Martin Winlow says:

          “I think you are right.” (“…replace all those gas stations with electricity vended by you.”)

          I don’t. Australia has far less of a problem for those wanting to charge their EV at home than many other parts of the world. So, trying to garner a market for selling electricity to EV owners/drivers when away from home does not sound sensible and certainly not at this stage of Australia’s practically non-existant EV market (like 1% of the 1% it is elsewhere).

          If you ask me, it is just a marketing wheeze – which will probably work just fine given Tesla’s high profile.

      2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        unlucky said:

        “If you could great a grid that is utilized about as much at night as in the day then you would have less grid upkeep overhead across larger sales.”

        That’s a very good point, thanks. I’ve seen it made before but unfortunately it has not stuck in my mind. Perhaps this time it will do so.

        Anyway, I’m very happy to be persuaded that it’s in the utilities’ self-interest to promote home charging of EVs. It will be a win-win situation for both EV advocates and electric utilities, if utilities promote and help enable EV charging, whether that’s at home/work or on the road.

    2. Jason says:

      As with all countries, electricity prices vary based on where you live and it is pretty complex where I live (Melbourne, Australia).

      All costs are AUD, so multiply by about 1.5 to get USD. Here is roughly my electricity charges:
      Service charge is about $1/day, you get charged this regardless whether you use any electricity or not, just because you are connected to the grid.
      Time of Use (ToU) peak is Mon-Fri 7am – 11pm @ $0.35/kW. Off peak is all other times @ $0.18/kW (these are approximate).
      I also support clean power so I pay extra for that, I think it is $1/day.

      I also have 1.5kW solar on the roof (all I could afford at the time, wish I had of put 5kW on) and get a feed in tariff of $0.66/kW, this is excess meeting not net metering, so the house uses the power and then we get paid for the excess that goes to the grid. As you can imagine, I’m always trying to convince my family to use power on the weekend or after 11pm/before 7am (cheapest rate) so we can maximise that $0.66 feed in tariff.

      Over Summer I pay $300, that is per quarter (every 3 months). I don’t think it is too bad.
      Businesses I have worked for typically get their power for $0.07/kW, so Tesla are most likely paying that or less.
      The Tesla deal is also based on AGL clean energy incentive, so they are putting in renewables capacity to offset this usage.

      1. Jason says:

        Amendment: should be “over Summer I pay $300”

        1. Jason says:

          Ok, this site can’t do greater than and less than symbols from my phone. So it should be Summer is less than $100 and Winter it is greater than $300. Sometimes as low as $30 but never higher than $350. I budget as if I’m paying the normal amount, so I am building a nice Kitty and hope to get a power wall when the feed in tariff expires.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            Hmmm, I think you can enter “><", but you can't switch them around the other way, because the software 'bot here will interpret a pair of less than /greater than brackets as HTML, and swallow those brackets and everything in between, even when it's not a valid HTML tag.

            Annoying, I know. We have to use "/" to put in fake tags, like…

            /software coding

  3. unlucky says:

    Please don’t do this, companies.

    We’re trying to do the environment something of a favor by switching to electric cars. Having charging be free just encourages more (and necessary) use.

    Discount charging if you must, but not free charging. Same goes for gasoline, hydrogen, etc.


    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:


      You’re looking thru the telescope at the wrong end here. Promoting sales of EVs in a market where electricity costs have recently soared is a win-win for everyone (except Big Oil).

      Offering public EV charging for “free” is a bad thing, because of the “Tragedy of the Commons” situation. But charging at home is a completely different situation. There can’t be any diminishment of the value of a home EV charger just because using it is free, nor is that going to significantly increase the amount of electricity used to charge the car. What, are people going to drive further in a day just because the electricity used to power their car is free? Nonsense!

      I suppose one could argue that it’s bad because it means the other customers of the utility will have to pay more for their electricity, to support free charging for a year. But that’s looking at only a small piece of a big picture. Helping Australia transition from an oil-based economy to a renewable-based economy will, as I said, be a win-win for everyone except Big Oil.

      Over the long term, as the EV revolution advances, lower costs for transportation, by using “green” electricity instead of fossil fuels, will reduce the cost of shipping. That means lower cost for just about everything that gets shipped from one place to another. The result is an increase in buying power of the dollar… whether it’s the U.S. Dollar or the Australian Dollar.

      Bottom line: In the long term, promoting EVs, and weaning our economies off fossil fuels, means stronger economies for all industrialized nations.

      Up the rEVolution!

      1. SparkEV says:

        Free home isn’t as bad as free public charging, but it’s not great. If one doesn’t have solar, free means less likely to get solar. Or why even bother since charging from grid is cheaper (free).

        If one already has home solar, it’s less valuable when grid charging would’ve been free.

        Granted, it’s only for a year, but free charging still SUCKS!

      2. unlucky says:

        No, I’m not looking at it from the wrong end. Unlimited anything for free is a recipe for waste. Are people going to drive further just because electricity is free? Very much yes.

        Unlimited free charging is not a good thing. Not from Tesla, not from Nissan/BMW, not in this case either. And I don’t just mean because of clogged parking spaces, but because of encouraging waste.

        I’m not against promoting EVs. But don’t do it by offering free driving/electricity.

        And I don’t see your connection between any of this and the value of a currency.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          unlucky said:

          “Unlimited free charging is not a good thing.”

          You certainly have a logical point about suppressing the demand for solar power installations. In a perfect world, I would agree with you.

          But we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world in which — correct me if I’m wrong — the Australian government has put onerous restrictions on home solar power. Given that political reality, it’s going to be hard to promote EVs, which is one of the reasons why — again, correct me if I’m wrong — the EV adoption rate in Australia is significantly lower than in other first-world countries.

          In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.

          In theory, we should be promoting a switch to “clean” energy sources, such as solar power, geothermal energy, tidal/ocean current energy, and next-generation safe (much safer) nuclear power, rather than “free electricity” for charging EVs.

          But in practice, in Australia in the current political/regulatory climate, I think this promotion is a Good Thing.

    2. Jason says:

      So long as they are putting in the renewables it doesn’t matter. All renewables combined is what will transform and improve the carbon footprint.

  4. Christopher says:

    Not terribly free, service charge seems to be $1 per day. Also no guarantee that the kwh price is free after 12 months.

    1. Jason says:

      Hi from Australia. That $1/day deal is for anyone with an EV. The free charging is specifically a Tesla deal. Can’t you people read?

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      “…no guarantee that the kwh price is free after 12 months.”

      Well of course it’s not going to be free after 12 months. It’s a sales promotion, not altruism!