“The funny thing is we’ve installed 21st century transport technology in the old horse box, which represents 19th century transport technology,” says Terragong’s Simon Milner. “Tesla driving guests will be able to fully charge their cars in six hours.”
Earlier this month, when the US based Tesla started taking orders for its Model 3, an extraordinary 325,000 reservations were placed in the first week (reported as implied future sales of $14 billion). There is currently thought to be 1000 Tesla vehicles in Australia, but Jude Burger, President of the newly formed Tesla Owners Club, believes that number is set to rise.
Freely admitting to being an early adopter of new technology, Jude was amongst the first Australians to order her Tesla online and is one of those who has placed an order for the new smaller model.
“I love cars and driving, but I also believe we need to lead more sustainable lifestyles,” she says. “By having an electric version I feel I’m helping to bring the future a little closer. I also like gadgets, and when I first saw the interior of one of these I thought it was a driveable iphone.”
The car’s software is continually being improved, with updates installed overnight through an internet chip. “It just keeps getting better and better,” says Jude.
Amongst other things, she says it is very high performance, can park itself, and you can even summons it to bring itself out of the garage.
Jude says that when fully charged, her car can easily travel from Canberra to Sydney. Super charging stations have already been set up along the length of the Hume, and are planned for other major routes around Australia, to charge Telsas in a matter of minutes.
The only thing stopping us from all going out and buying one at this early stage is the pricetag – upward of $125,000.
However the running costs are very attractive. Jude mostly charges hers off the grid at home, and says it seldom costs her more
than $7 a week to top up elsewhere.