As we predicted, Tesla Motors launched in Australia yesterday, December 9, 2014.
Last evening, Tesla delivered nine Model S EVs to the first buyers in Australia. Those deliveries took place at a special event in Sydney. Tesla says that additional deliveries will occur today.
Along with first deliveries, Tesla announced the opening of its first store, first service center and first Supercharger station in Australia:
TESLA OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA
ELECTRIC CAR MAKER DELIVERS FIRST MODEL S CARS TO AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS, LAUNCHES SUPERCHARGER NETWORK, OPENS STORE IN SYDNEY
SYDNEY, Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – Tesla Motors delivered nine new cars to customers in Sydney tonight at an event to mark the arrival of the Model S in Australia. Deliveries for other Australian Model S customers will commence tomorrow.
Tesla also officially launches its retail presence tomorrow in Australia, opening the doors at the country's first store and service centre in St Leonards, Sydney. By the end of 2015, customers will be able to visit Tesla stores and service centres in both Sydney and Melbourne. Tesla will also continue to hold Model S test-drive events around the country.
MODEL S IN AUSTRALIA
Model S is an uncompromised electric vehicle that delivers 502 kilometres of range on a single charge. With a 17-inch touchscreen, an outstanding safety record, and an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, the fully electric Model S redefines automotive design and engineering.
FIRST AUSTRALIAN SUPERCHARGERS
Tesla also energized the first Superchargers in Australia at the delivery event today. The Star and Darling Hotel site at Pyrmont represents a central location for customers in Sydney and a destination for visiting owners, which will enable Model S drivers to travel long distances in Australia for free. The North Sydney Retail and Service Centre also has a Supercharger station for visiting owners.
A Supercharger can replenish half of Model S's 502 KM range in as little as 20 minutes. Superchargers enable long distance travel and are typically located near amenities like restaurants and shopping centres so travelers can stop for a quick meal or coffee break while charging. Next year, the Tesla Supercharger network will connect Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and by 2016 the network will connect all major cities along the east coast of Australia.