Tesla's slow-burn launch into Australia continues with news that its first Supercharger station will appear in Sydney, while on the international front it has confirmed a Nevada location for the first 'Gigafactory'.
Leading the latest Australian news is confirmation of plans not only for a Sydney-based Supercharger, but also a "state-of-the-art" service centre.
Construction on the service centre has already commenced, and Tesla hopes it will be up and running by the end of this year. A similar centre is also planned for Melbourne.
The Supercharging station allows Tesla drivers to ‘refuel’ their EVs in around 20 minutes in a similar environment to a conventional service station, and is free to owners for the life of the car.
The American EV-maker told local customers it is currently seeking a suitable location in Sydney for its first Australian Supercharging station, and was even open to suggestions from the public. (Post your suggestions in the comments below - Ed.)
Tesla also confirmed a number of Model S’ have arrived in Australia in right-hand-drive to serve as test vehicles, and that deliveries to customers were scheduled to begin “in the months ahead”.
Meanwhile, Tesla confirmed a joint operation with Panasonic last month to construct and operate a battery ‘Gigafactory’, to be operational by 2017.
As the new facility is expected to bring 6500 jobs with it by 2020, the Americans were understandably keen to learn where the factory will be built.
Tesla has settled on the US state of Nevada for the combined new venture, with CEO Elon Musk making the announcement with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval this week.
"This is great news for Nevada - Tesla will build the world's largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly US$100 billion dollars in economic impact to the ‘Silver State’ over the next 20 years,” Governor Sandoval said.
“I am grateful that Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada. These 21st century pioneers, fueled with innovation and desire, are emboldened by the promise of Nevada to change the world. Nevada is ready to lead.”
Tesla and Panasonic believe the Gigafactory will meet current and future demand for battery production, along with improved efficiency and lower prices.
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