Tesla’s First Renewable Energy Powered Supercharger In Australia Comes Online

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MAY 14 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 15

Tesla Motors has opened its first Supercharger in Australia and laid out more detailed plans for future sites.

Per Renew Economy:

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has unveiled the first location of its regional super-charging network in Australia, with the announcement that eight renewable energy-powered supercharging booths will be installed at the Goulburn Visitor’s Centre.

The confirmation of the Goulburn address is the first in what is expected to a country-wide network of super-charging stations, which will add around 270kms to the range of the Tesla S, for no charge, and in just 30 minutes.

The first stages of the network – connecting Melbourne with Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast – were unveiled last year. Albury Wodonga is also a confirmed site, although the exact details have not been released.

At this time, Tesla has no plans to Supercharger Australia’s western half.  The automaker intends to focus only on the east coast of Australia, at least through the end of 2016.

Renew Economy adds:

“The Goulburn installation will be powered by renewables. The visitor’s centre (pictured below) already has a large rooftop array, but Tesla will be mostly green-power for this particular installation.”

Image Via Renew Economy

Image Via Renew Economy

The Tesla Model S officially went on sale in Australia on December 9, 2014.

Source: Renew Economy

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15 Comments on "Tesla’s First Renewable Energy Powered Supercharger In Australia Comes Online"

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Are the Tesla plug-ports on the opposite side too in Australia, or just the steering wheels?

speculawyer

And are they upside-down?

M Hovis

Australia may be the perfect place for the “all renewable energy supercharger network”. Most of the population lives on the east coast in the area where Tesla plans some 16 supercharger stations.

No country is going through such a rapid solar revolutions as Australia even as the government fights for oil. No country gets equal sunlight in the inhabited portions as does Australia.

I would like to see this happen along the gold coast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QweNsLesMrM

M Hovis

I hope they extend one more sc south to the “Great Ocean Road”. Truly one of the top ten scenic ocean drives.

speculawyer

Solar PV and EVs mean that Mad Max will never happen.

Jouni Valkonen

That is very good point. Hollywood is just blindingly ignorant on the level of renewable energy technology.

Just watched movie Ex Machina, and nobody told the script writer that there exists thing called Tesla Powerpack. Tesla Powerpack would have made the whole plot line moot.

I wonder when people realize that actually renewable energy and electric cars are already cheaper than gasoline cars and fossil/nuclear power.

Based on the population density of Australia, this SC network makes sense. However, I wonder how many people drive in between the populated areas. If it is significant, Tesla will eventually need to connect them.

Just_Chris

I think the east coast network is fairly straight forward, not that many roads and most of the traffic is city to city. The great ocean road is a pretty obvious hole as I suspect there are those in melbourne who will holiday or retire down the gor. Not sure what to do with Perth people drive a lot but not to anywhere place in particular.

Just_Chris

keep in mind that total coverage is never going to or should happen, it terms pop density Australia is 235th out of 241 countries listed in Wikipedia. I am skeptical that even coast to coast coverage is required…… but what do I know, IMO if you live in one of the state capitals a few 50 kW fast chargers should cover any sensible driving, I just can’t understand why people drive from city to city in Australia.

Jouni Valkonen

It makes sense to install Tesla Superchargers even for remote villages, because Superchargers are making their business by selling solar power and grid storage services for smaller outback villages and farms. Therefore it makes sense to install superchargers, even if they are used on average once per week.

This is of course fundamentally different approach than with gas station infrastructure.

Anon

Poor Perth. 🙁

Speculawyer

They’ll probably install a couple of them there eventually. But it will probably be a while before they create a path across the country. Not enough Australians and certainly not enough EV incentives in Australia to make investing there worth it.

Ocean Railroader

Lately I’ve been working on a drawing diagram that the Tesla Supercharger network might not be as cracked up as they say it is. In that the Tesla network along with other charging stations have to be on the way to your destination on the same route you are driving on to be useful. In that most people might not want to add 80 to 100 miles on their trip to go run into a Tesla quick charger unless they are forced to.

jmollard

This supposed diagram of yours will never materialize. Why? Despite the very small number of Teslas on the road, they have already charged over 100 million miles…

http://my.teslamotors.com/sv_SE/forum/forums/supercharger-update-april-2015

Lensman

Ocean Railroader said:

“…the Tesla network along with other charging stations have to be on the way to your destination on the same route you are driving on to be useful.”

Isn’t that self-evident? Let’s see how this works: “Gas stations have to be on the way to your destination on the same route you are driving on to be useful.”

Yeah, that’s every bit as true. The only difference is that people have been building gas stations a lot longer, so there are more of them. Over time, as the EV revolution progresses, that will change; the number of fast charge stations will increase, and eventually, when gas guzzlers are truly obsolete, the number of gas stations will decrease.