Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested the automaker would build a 1950s-themed Supercharger station that included a drive-in restaurant with staff on roller skates. Now, it appears that plan is coming to fruition.
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Tesla's east coast Supercharger network will soon get you and your $100,000-plus electric supercar from Brisbane to Adelaide. Construction has started on two new locations in northern NSW that will extend the fast-charging range of Tesla's Model S and Model X north to Brisbane, and a station between Melbourne and Adelaide will keep South Australian owners (like Simon Hackett) happy.
If you'd dreamed of ordering yourself a Tesla and driving around the country without paying a cent for electricity, you'd better get your order in quick. With more and more of Tesla's Model S and Model X luxury electric cars appearing in driveways around Australia and around the world, the plucky little start-up from California has a plan to stop its fast-charging network of Superchargers from becoming clogged: it will stop offering free Supercharging to new owners from the start of 2017.
As part of its Australian launch for the $100,000-plus Model S sedan, Tesla Motors committed to building a dozen different Supercharger stations by the end of 2015. The first station outside metropolitan Sydney and Melbourne is now open, in Goulburn near Canberra. It's now possible to drive Tesla's electric cars between Sydney and Melbourne, for free, without having to stop overnight to charge.
When Tesla launched in Australia, we brought you the news that by 2016, Tesla Motors would have installed 16 new Model S fast-chargers in the local market. That's awesome, but what's it going to look like at the end of this year? Here are a few maps to keep you in the know.
After dropping a few hints about potentially sharing some of its electric vehicle patents, Tesla Motors is doing exactly that. The company is looking to open up the designs for its Supercharger fast-charging technology with potential competitors -- something that might eventually mean it actually sells less cars.