Back in April, I wrote a short piece titled ‘You can’t buy a Tesla in Tesla’. I talked about the arrival of Tesla and the nature of disruptive technology and industries.
Well things got exciting at the start of this month in New South Wales, Australia. We are moving one step closer to an electric highway, with Tesla opening Supercharger Stations in Goulburn (home of the infamous highest security prison in Australia) and, wait for it, Wodonga (home, er, to the Flying Fruit Circus which is the only full-time circus school in Australia – true story). Proper Australian named towns, and all in the name of enabling Tesla owners to travel between Sydney and Melbourne.
The Goulburn charging station, which can charge up to eight Teslas at a time, is located at the Visitor’s Information Centre near the middle of town, while in Wodonga the six-bay charging station is located in the Wodonga Library (see below) carpark. Perfect opportunity to grab a coffee, use the free wifi. and learn a little whilst waiting for your car to charge. Those Tesla drivers are not only environmentally conscious but will be getting smarter and will be all over the tourist benefits of Goulburn and surrounding regions. Another reason to buy one.
The two locations have been chosen to enable Model S owners to travel between Sydney and Melbourne for the first time, with the journey now possible in just two stops. The Goulburn location also makes it easier to travel between Sydney and Canberra.
So how long does it take to charge? The Supercharger units output 120 kilowatts and can replenish 270km of range into a Model S in about 30 minutes. However, as I understand, drivers embarking on the full distance will need to charge for more than 30 minutes each stop due to extended distances. So how long will it take to get enough charge at each stop to complete the trip from Sydney to Melbourne. Tesla claim it will only take an hour, “You beaut, mate!”
According to the press, Tesla is aware of the relative inconvenience of stopping for over an hour (clearly not fully appreciating the Wodonga library is close by), and plans to open a third location closer to Melbourne by the end of this year.
The likelihood of growing the network is very high, and it’s not just Sydney and Melbourne that Tesla looking at connecting. Plans are afoot for Superchargers along the east coast, allowing people to drive from Melbourne all the way up to Brisbane, by the end of 2016. For those looking to buy a Tesla , there are currently 30 lesser-powered “destination chargers” at hotels, shopping centres and carparks across NSW, Queensland, South Australia, the ACT and Victoria.
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Thanks for reading,