Tesla has committed to an expansion of its Australian Supercharger network, outlining plans for 18 high-speed charging stations set to be operational within the next 18 months.
While electric cars such as the Tesla Model X don’t necessarily require dedicated charging infrastructure, the brand’s Supercharger network allows owners to rapidly top up batteries instead of leaving the car plugged in for several hours.
Supercharger stations encourage Tesla owners to use their cars for long-distance travel by providing half a charge in 30 minutes – adding more than 200 kilometres to a vehicle’s range. The service works is in addition to Tesla’s “Destination Charging” network of hotels, shopping centres and other businesses equipped with Tesla charging ports.
New Tesla customers get 400kWh of supercharging credits per year, which the brand says is enough to cover 1600 kilometres of travel. After that, customers must pay to use the supercharger network.
Tesla says customers who embark on a 3000 kilometre road trip will pay around $195 for Supercharger-sourced electricity after their free credits are used up – around $70 less than what a conventional car owner would pay for petrol over the same distance.
Canberra residents will receive a Supercharger station as part of the roll-out, which also includes new stations in Nowra, Dubbo, Singleton, Tamworth and other areas for NSW.
Victorian additions include Bendigo, Bright, Lakes Entrance and Torquay, while Queensland will see the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Gympie get new infrastructure.
West Australia will receive a Perth supercharger to accompany one already installed in Bunbury.
Tesla has not released plans for new chargers in South Australia (which already has three), or the Northern Territory (which has no supercharger stations).