Tesla Is On The Fast Track In Oz


OCT 7 2017 BY EVANNEX 11


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This was an exciting time for Elon Musk in Australia.

On the heels of Tesla’s continuing traction all across Australia, in late September Musk attended a Powerpack unveiling at Noeon Hornsdale wind farm in Jamestown, South Australia. He announced Tesla was approximately 50% finished the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery system. Just hours earlier, Musk took the stage at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaïde to provide a jaw-dropping account of what SpaceX has in store in the coming years.


A look at what will be the biggest battery installation on planet earth and it’s located in Australia (Image: Teslarati via Tesla)

And Elon Musk’s presence in Australia of late doesn’t even capture a fraction of all the latest Tesla news happening across the country. For example, Tesla’s largest Powerwall installation just occurred in order to make… umm, pizza! And, Tesla just saved one Australian city $1.5 million after installing a Powerpack. The company is also rapidly expanding its Supercharger network along the southern coast. So here’s a round-up of all the big news down under.

World’s biggest Powerpack installation

According to Teslarati, at September 29th’s big Powerpack event, Elon Musk emphasized,

“What this serves as is a great example for the rest of the world… [and] when this is done, which will be in just a few months, it will be the largest battery installation, by an estimated power factor of three, in the world.” Pointing out Tesla’s rows of Powerpacks, Musk said, “That is what the future will look like and the faster we get there, the better.”

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In South Australia, Elon Musk checks in on the world’s biggest battery installation (Instagram: elonmusk)

World’s biggest Tesla Powerwall installation

According to news.com.au, a Domino’s Pizza store in Western Sydney just “installed a system consisting of ten individual Tesla Powerwall 2 units — the largest installation of its kind in the world.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of Domino’s, the Powerwalls combine to offer a total of 135 kWh in power, which is enough to run the store in its entirety for more than a full day.”

According to the restaurant, “Over the course of a year, the ten Tesla Powerwall 2 units will cook more than 90,000 pizzas and 27,000 loaves of garlic bread. while also powering all appliances including ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and lights.”


Domino’s in Australia is making pizzas powered by Tesla (Image: news.com.au)

One Powerpack just saved an Australian city $1.5 million

According to Electrek, “Logan City in south-east Queensland installed a solar power system on their new water disinfection plant… [and] installed a single Tesla Powerpack battery system to go off-grid, which they estimate saved them $1.9 million ($1.5 million USD).” It’s reported that “In order to take the system off-grid, they installed a 95 kWh Tesla Powerpack with the company’s new commercial inverter [seen below]… That system combined with the solar installation is expected to power the water treatment facility 24 hours a day.”


Powerpack installed in southeast Queensland provides big savings

Tesla expands its Supercharger Network across Australia

According to Teslarati, in the past month, “Tesla has already set up four new Supercharger stations, extending the company’s fast-charging network along the southern coastal area some 520 miles (~840 kilometers). At the time of the announcement, the closest Supercharger to the world’s largest battery site was in Melbourne, an entire province away. Tesla has since added Superchargers in Ballarat, Horsham, Adelaide, and Clare. Three more Superchargers are also currently under construction in Keith, Warrnambool and the Geelong area.”


The Supercharger Network in Australia is set for significant upcoming expansion

Breathtaking look at what SpaceX is planning

Undoubtedly, there are many parallels, shared resources, and joint collaboration efforts between Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Tesla.

That said, Tesla fans should stay up-to-date on Musk’s latest SpaceX plans revealed at the IAC in Adelaïde, Australia. Teslarati reports, “Elon Musk provides a staggering glimpse of humanity’s multi-planetary future… in a truly jaw-dropping tour-de-force.” This video is absolutely must-see as it provides a thrilling glimpse into the future of space travel right here on Earth, the Moon, and ultimately, Mars.

Above: At the IAC in Adelaïde, Australia, Elon Musk presents future plans for SpaceX (Youtube: SpaceX)

I wonder what it would’ve felt like to watch this if you were a rival at Arianespace, Boeing, or Lockheed Martin? Probably the only ones who watched and felt more nervous were Musk’s competitors at legacy automakers. Let’s not forget — SpaceX launched their first rocket nine years ago, on a tiny budget, and next year they’ll own 50% of space launches worldwide. They did this in spite of competing against some of the richest, well-established, entrenched companies and wealthiest national governments in the world. If Musk could rock the rocket biz this much, I wonder what he has in store for the auto industry?

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While the other nations, like Oz, are moving ahead in technology and listening to people like Musk, the U.S., under Trump and the paid off Republicans, are using dirty tricks to sell coal and oil to continue dirty fossil fuel combustion as long as possible.

And,I thought George Bush was the worse President we have ever had. After watching the Trump operation in Washington, how wrong I am.

“W” and “Darth Cheney”, are starting, from today’s perspective, to look like ethnically responsible Washington Oil and Gas Men!

Come and join the “Ranks of the Wrong”!
Hopefully, nothing will “Trump” this current administration, and its ongoing O&G operation!

We in America have fallen into a great crisis over the very meaning of progress, and the nature of human equality. Toffler would have called it Future Shock; Naomi Klein calls it Disaster Capitalism. I call it the Samson Option: if our race can no longer monopolize power in America because science, ethics and demographics demand the recognition of different ideas, then we old people will blindly rampage like a mad bull and destroy the structure of society until we bring it down around us, thus depriving those we hate of anything but ruins.

Empires collapse when their past seems more seductive than their future.

One more, Western Australia, Tesla have installed their first super chargers, in Eaton. A suburb half way between Perth and the south west wine and surf region. It compliments the RAC Electric Highway network. The latter suffering regular vandalism. Also, the local EV society, AEVA, has a bunch of dedicated EV addicts and new fans thanks to TeslaS purchasers, who are combing and installing regional 15Amp chargers at 100km maximum separation. The very same TeslaS owners have traversed the Nullarbor Plane many times, and installing charger signs and sockets along the at. There are two, careful, long distance sections. Certainly things are moving in Australia despite coal industry led anti renewable campaign funding that influences conservative politicians, namely choking red speedo wearing and restrictive broad rimmed hat ones to start with.

I really do appreciate an article which focuses on what is happening here in Australia, but some of the facts are a bit out there…
“At the time of the announcement, the closest Supercharger to the world’s largest battery site was in Melbourne, an entire province away. Tesla has since added Superchargers in Ballarat, Horsham, Adelaide, and Clare. Three more Superchargers are also currently under construction in Keith, Warrnambool and the Geelong area.”

Where do I start 🙂
– State, not province. Ok, very minor 🙂
– The Ballarat supercharger has been in place since last year.
– Horsham, Keith, Adelaide and Clare are the new ones on the route to the Jamestown big battery. All started construction within the month before the battery event, and went live within the 5 days before the event. Horsham and Keith were on the cards for 2017 since last year, Adelaide and Clare only appeared on their “coming soon” map a couple of months ago.
– Warrnambool and Geelong – first, Geelong is actually “Great Ocean Road” and the dot is in the town of Torquay – second, they are not under construction, just “coming soon”; Warrnambool in 2018, Great Ocean Road in 2017.

Not to mention a rather more fundamental issue with “…the Powerwalls combine to offer a total of 135 kWh in power…” Do you mean 135kW of *power* or 135kWh of *energy*? I assume the latter but you lose 100% of your credibility with such a basic misunderstanding. Perhaps it was just a typo?

Code name for his rocket = “BFR”. I don’t think many in the audience got it…

Yeah … allegedly it stands for “Big Falcon Rocket” but I guess we all know what Elon really meant by it …

EVERYBODY knows what it stands for.

Hopefully, Tesla will build one of their battery and car giga-factories in OZ.
They have iron, steel, lithium, etc. in Australia. From there, they and CA can export to China, Japan, New Zealand, etc.

What would be even cooler would be a BFR launch/landing Mount in SA for point to point BFR transports and maybe even for going to Mars 🙂