As deliveries of Tesla’s “mass market” electric vehicle, the Model 3, are drip-fed to the US market, the California-based EV and battery storage maker (and solar roof maker) has opened its first retail store and service centre in Queensland – it’s fifth such outlet in Australia.
The ribbon was cut to the new store at Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Thursday, revealing a show room – with a Model X, Model S and Tesla Powerwall home battery storage unit on display – an EV service centre and four super-charging bays.
The company says the new Brisbane superchargers complete the route from Ballarat, Victoria to Brisbane – with a Supercharger in Gympie planned for later this year.
Queenslanders look to be relatively spoiled for choice when it comes to EV fast charging infrastructure, after last month’s launch of Queensland’s electric vehicle Super Highway: a network of green-powered, fast-charging EV stations (most of them featuring Tritium’s Veefil technology) stretching from the state’s southern border to the Far North.
The towns named in the Queensland EV Super Highway include Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Carmila, Marlborough, Rockhampton, Miriam Vale, Childers, Maryborough, Cooroy, Brisbane, Helensvale, Coolangatta, Springfield, Gatton and Toowoomba.
Nationwide, Tesla drivers have access to more than 300 “destination chargers”, with 67 of these in Queensland, at shopping centres, secure parking locations and hotels.
“Tesla continues to grow its presence in Australia, working towards its mission to advance the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” the company said.