Lots of interest at Motor Pavilion

For the last few days, a few of us have been at Motor Pavilion at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It was great to meet so many people who were genuinely interested in electric vehicles, and specifically, Teslas.  We fielded many questions and did our best to present even handed answers.  The two model S and two model X vehicles were clearly a popular addition to the show, and we got quite good at syncrhonising the “Model X-Mas” easter egg.

If you were one of the people that came along, and would like another look, or more information, please get in touch as we have a number of owners around the Perth area (and further afield) that would be happy to meet up.

Sylvia Wilson meetup – April 17th

Sylvia Wilson (from the Central Queensland Tesla Interest Group) will be in Perth from 17th to 21st April as part of about her round Oz Tesla Tour.

We (along with AEVA) are organising a catch up at Coast, Port Beach on April 17th at 6:00 for all interested Teslans. Please come along for a drink, dinner or a chat. Look forward to seeing you then.

Prof Ray Wills and Prof Thomas Braunl will be attending and speaking on the need for DC charging infrastructure, to complement the 3phase Synergy sockets we have distributed,  and we hope several government departments and media will be present.

Tesla Drive Day – York – April 8th

As noted earlier, our next Tesla drive day is a couple of weekends away on Sunday 8th April

The day will start at Edgecombe Brothers Winery from 9am to 10am.  We will be leaving the Swan Valley at 10am to arrive at York by 11.30am, parking in York will be adjacent to the RV area at Pioneer Avon Park on Lowe Street.  This is a short walk from the York Palace Hotel, our 12noon lunch venue.

If there are any other friends or family who are interested in attending this event, they are also welcome (subject only to capacity at the venues).  There will be some vehicles attending who have room for additional passengers.

A copy of the lunch menu will be forwarded through to all attendees who have RSVP’d in the next week, along with any further information.

Please email robrobdean@iinet.net.au as soon as possible to confirm attendance as our lunch venue does have a limit of available seats.

If you wish to attend at the Swan Valley (breakfast and/or coffee) meet up or the York (lunch) meet up only please also advise attendance numbers.

New Kimberley charging stations powering our driving future

PRESS RELEASE
By Horizon Power on 16 March 2018

Electric vehicles can now travel across WA’s Kimberley region, thanks to three new charging stations servicing the 900km stretch of Northern Highway between Kununurra and Derby.

The stations have been installed by Horizon Power in the remote Kimberley communities of Warmun, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, completing the ‘missing link’ for electric vehicle charging availability around Australia’s perimeter.

Due to their limited travelling range, electric vehicles were previously only able to reach Kununurra in the East Kimberley, or Derby in the West Kimberley.

Tara Stigwood, Horizon Power Retail and Community Manager East Kimberley said the charging stations were part of the electricity utility’s commitment to a sustainable energy future for regional Western Australia.

“Knowing they can now complete their journey through the Kimberley will encourage more electric vehicle users to travel through this magnificent part of Australia,” Ms Stigwood said.

“That’s great for local businesses and the people in our remote communities.”

“We have a range of exciting projects across the state focusing on providing innovative energy choices for customers,” Ms Stigwood said.

“Making electricity available to power vehicles is just one of the ways we’re working toward our vision for the future of energy.”

Chris Jones, National Secretary of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association said using electric vehicles has a number of benefits.

“In addition to saving on fuel, electric cars are quieter than those with internal combustion engines, and have no exhaust emissions which improves public health and reduces ecological impacts,” Mr Jones said.

The new vehicle charging stations are located at the Warmun Roadhouse, Halls Creek Service Station and Fitzroy Crossing Roadhouse.

To view the network of 450 electric vehicle charging stations across Australia visit https://www.plugshare.com/

For media queries, please contact the media line on 1800 799 745.

Newsletter – 2018, Number 1

Hi All Teslans,

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2018, and a special welcome to our new members, we hope you had a wonderful summer season and we look forward to a great year ahead.

Here is an update of our recent news:

Affiliation

Tesla Owners Club Western Australia (TOCWA) is now official, Tesla motors USA accepted our application and Australia now holds the distinction of being the only country outside of the USA to have an official regional based club. Although TOCWA are completely independent of Tesla owners club Australia (TOCA) both clubs are keen to work together when required, a big thank you to Annie Atkins for putting in the hard work and communicating with Tesla and presenting our case.

Membership

TOCWA now has over 40 members and is keen to recruit more; membership is $50 per year and brings a host of benefits including access to charging cables, member’s discounts on Tesla official merchandise and discounts on TOCWA sponsors products.

Charging facilities

Basic AC charging options are popping up everywhere across both the metro area and regional areas, there are now over 44 locations with Tesla destination chargers and many more locations with 3 phase outlets dedicated to EV charging, AC charging is not the perfect long term solution but it’s low cost to install and gets the discussion started on future possibilities, as time goes on and the EV population increases faster DC charging will become the norm. Don’t forget to make full use of plugshare before and during charging.

Becoming an Outback EV warrior

Once you’ve become accustomed to the driving and charging an EV around the metro area you may like to try something more adventurous, the prerequisites are planning, patience and a spare tyre (you can borrow a spare wheel/tyre combo from McCarthy’s prestige in Claremont), start with the relative safety of the South west where there are a plentiful supply of charging options, a trip to Albany via Bridgetown is a good starter, after gaining experience with energy use on country roads, charging speeds and other factors you can then try trips to Esperance, Kalgoorlie or Geraldton. The 3 most important tips I could give you when country driving is study plugshare religiously, always have a charging plan B and drive at a speed that gives full respect to the unpredictable wildlife.

Upcoming events

TOCWA have a few events in the planning including a drive day to York on the 8th of April. Please mark this date in your calendar.

There are also a number of AEVA organised car events that are a great opportunity to pick up some tips and tricks from long term EV fanatics.

Useful resources

TOCWA has a slack channel that is handy for asking quick questions and catching up on news, we also have a twitter account @tesla_wa, a website-https://www.tocwa.org.au/ and a facebook group- Tesla Owners Club WA, if you are keen to keep up with the ever changing world of electric vehicles, battery storage, renewable energy and sustainability I recommend an Australian site http://reneweconomy.com.au/ and a California based site https://electrek.co/

 

Happy motoring

 

Rob Dean

TOCWA Chair.

Inaugural TOCWA Newsletter Feb 2018

TOCWA completes affiliation with Tesla

Tesla Owners Club of Western Australia has completed its affiliation with Tesla.

We’re now officially part of the Tesla family through Tesla’s club programme.

As such, we now have a direct line for members interests into Tesla, and a role in coordinating events here in WA.

Christmas Meetup

There will be a very casual Christmas gathering on Monday the 18th, 6.00pm at the Left bank in Fremantle – the upstairs area has been booked.

All Tesla owners, future owners and EV enthusiasts welcome, come along and hear about the two latest Nullarbor trips, regional charging updates and anything else topical.