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Tesla chooses site of first renewable super-chargers in Goulburn

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Tesla announces location of its first renewables-powered regional super-charging station in Australia.

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Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has unveiled the first location of its regional super-charging network in Australia, with the announcement that eight renewable energy-powered supercharging booths will be installed at the Goulburn Visitor’s Centre.

The confirmation of the Goulburn address is the first in what is expected to a country-wide network of super-charging stations, which will add around 270kms to the range of the Tesla S, for no charge, and in just 30 minutes.

The first stages of the network – connecting Melbourne with Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast – were unveiled last year. Albury Wodonga is also a confirmed site, although the exact details have not been released.


Tesla says the superchargers are designed for city to city travel, allowing Tesla Model S electric vehicle drivers to travel for about three hours, take a quick break, and get back on the road charged up.

Tesla has so far deployed 415 Supercharger Stations and more than 2,285 Superchargers worldwide, making it the fastest-growing fast-charging network in the world.

The Goulburn installation will be powered by renewables. The visitor’s centre (pictured below) already has a large rooftop array, but Tesla will be mostly green-power for this particular installation.



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  1. Rob G 5 years ago

    Maybe they can hook it up to some wind power. (Joe Hockey will certainly find this offensive….)

    • Guest 5 years ago

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  2. Daniel Donatelli 5 years ago
    • Miles Harding 5 years ago

      Kind of defeats the EV revolution and at a cost…

      lets face H2 and battery off…

      At the H2 charger:
      We know that 1Nm3 of H2 = 0.0893kg = 2.973 kwh
      The link advertises a H2 generator that produces 10Nm3/h from 52kwh of energy. 52kwh in and 29.73 kwh out indicates 57% efficiency, quite good, really.
      Let us now compress, expand and burn this H2 in a fuel cell to produce electrical energy at an estimated all up efficiency of 40%, for an overall solar to electrical propulsion conversion efficiency of 22.8%

      Meanwhile over at the solar supercharger stand, the buffer battery is about 90% efficient (or better), the car battery is a little less, as it will be charged at a higher C rate, say 85% efficient or a bit less, so the battery route should be be somewhere near 75% efficient, or 3.3 times that of the H2 route.

      In conclusion, the Solar H2 charger will need 3 to 3.5** times as much solar panel to deliver the same motive energy as an equivalent battery system.

      I have ignored the electric motors and drive, as these are assumed to be very similar in each case.

      (** Nice to see that this back of envelope calc. agrees well with wind-turbine to wheels studies I have seen)

      • Daniel Donatelli 5 years ago

        You Missing the Point if you factor in the 13% line loss for electricity, you will see that the 1-2% line loss for distributing with gas allow rapid deployment as a energy carrier, which means you can deploy fuel cell faster on gas grid than a electric grid, it make it more secure and allow rapid car chargers to be connected. DISTRIBUTION SECURITY COST is far better using gas to distribute, and any number of thing can be fuel from the gas grid, and solar operators can get higher roi for h2 Gas check the gas price $ per Nm3

  3. Ashley 5 years ago

    @Giles Parkinson

    Link to source please? ()

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