Preston Beach Meetup – 21st July

On Saturday, we’re hosting our next drive day for TOCWA members.

We’ll meet at Dome Rockingham from 12pm (with a view to leave by 12:30-45pm) and drive to Footprints at Preston Beach for a late lunch.

There are two Tesla HPWC chargers at Footprints for those that need it, but most should be able to do the return trip on a charge.

We’ll send out an email seeking RSVPs shortly along with membership renewals, so please stay tuned for final confirmation.

Round Australia Electric Highway

Thanks to the Author of this report, Richard McNeall from Sydney, for his fantastic efforts in coordinating this project.

Electric Vehicle Charging* BEFORE (March 2016) and NOW (June 2018)

* Sites with a charging rate of 100km or more of range per hour of charging.  DC fast chargers in orange.

Note: The Round Australia Electric Highway and all other electric vehicle charging in Australia is fully documented on plugshare.com which is the recognised accepted electric vehicle charging database/map for Australia.  Select Oceania and filter the plug types of interest.  The plug types in Australia that can give at least 100km of charge in an hour are:

  • Three Phase – the focus of this project
  • CHAdeMO or CCS (DC fast charger – shown in orange) depending on your vehicle type
  • Supercharger (DC fast charger – shown in orange) for Teslas only
  • Type 2
  • Tesla Destination Charger

AIMS

Project Aim

  • To complete the Electric Highway round Australia, and Red Centre, usable by all electric vehicles, to a minimum available charge rate of 100km of range per hour of charging (70 km/h on a limited number of pre-existing sites) at a maximum spacing of 300km (200km average).
  • To do this in the shortest possible time, creating a route that can be driven RIGHT NOW.
  • To promote and encourage electric vehicles to use the Round Australia Electric Highway, dispelling myths about the range and capability of electric vehicles.

Property Owners

  • To provide a way to get “into the loop” on electric vehicle charging at minimal time, effort and expense, avoiding being one of the sites that gets “left behind”.
    • See “TOCA / AEVA OFFER TO PROPERTY OWNERS” below.
  • To develop interaction and understanding of electric vehicle customers and their patterns and needs.

Electric Vehicle Owners

  • To encourage the enjoyment of exploring Australia by electric vehicle.
  • To maximise visibility and understanding of electric vehicles, and their capabilities, across the country.

PROGRESS

  • 2015 – Electric Vehicle Charging limited to an incomplete east Coast route, and SW Western Australia
  • 2016 – The Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) WA undertakes to create electric vehicle charging routes from Perth to Adelaide and Perth to Broome.
  • 2017 – The Tesla Owners Club of Australia (TOCA) and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association jointly resolve to complete the Electric Highway round Australia, and later the Red Centre, usable by all electric vehicles, to a minimum available charge rate of 100km of range per hour of charging (or 70 km/h on a limited number of pre-existing sites).  The first (and still only) time a Round Australia electric vehicle route has been contemplated.
  • 2018 – As of May 2018 the Round Australia Electric Highway is complete around Australia to 400km max spacing, and only 4 sites off 300km max spacing (200 average).  The Red Centre route is 100% driveable, with slow charging still at 2 points, and full completion by the end of 2018.

THE 32 AMP 3 PHASE OUTLET – BACKBONE OF 10,000km OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

The 32 amp 3 phase network is AEVA and TOCA’s main contribution.  Close to 17,000km of route has been mapped, charging access discussed with every site, and outlets provided where not existing.  Over 10,000km of outback interstate routes are based on the Australian 32 amp 3 phase outlet, including the Nullarbor, Stuart Highway and Top End where there are very few other charger types – see map.  Reasons for using the Australian 32 amp 3 phase outlet are:

  • Usable by all electric vehicles (unlike some dedicated EV chargers), using a 3 phase charging cable.
  • Easy to find on plugshare.com .
  • Has an available charge rate of over 100km of charge per hour (limited only by the maximum charge rate of the vehicle and charging cable) which delivers the maximum AC charge rate usable by all types of electric vehicle sold or projected to be sold in Australia.
    • Just as much power delivery as any other AC electric vehicle charger
    • Note that a handful of legacy 20 amp 3 phase sites remain with a max charging rate of 70km/h.
  • Available at many pre-existing sites including showgrounds and roadhouses.
  • Is an immediately deployable option.  Just mount it on the side of a convenient electrical box.  Avoid (initially anyway) proposing an elaborate solution which will get rejected on capex.
  • Simple and super reliable, containing no electronics (unlike more sophisticated electric vehicle chargers that can have a higher failure rate than you might expect).
  • Cheap and (for certain sites) free from TOCA / AEVA.
  • Forward compatible to any other AC charger.  Future more sophisticated AC electric vehicle chargers (Type 2 and Tesla Destination) can be plugged into the outlet without loss of power.

The Australian 32 amp 3 phase outlet.

(Currently 32 amp 3 phase locations span a total of 10,000km of gaps where there are few or no electric vehicle chargers of other types)

* Shown are types (other than 3 phase outlet) capable of delivering 100km/h or more.  DC fast chargers in orange.

TOCA / AEVA OFFER TO PROPERTY OWNERS

This Electric Highway project is all about getting a usable charging route in place right now ! ! !

  • TOCA and AEVA will give a 32 amp 3 phase electrical outlet free to any site which will help build the Round Australia and Red Centre routes to distance intervals of 300km max, and additionally key Red Centre destinations.
  • The property owner must install it reasonably promptly at an accessible location, and agree to let electric vehicles charge there.
  • TOCA and AEVA will list these sites, and any pre-existing or self-supplied sites that also agree, on plugshare.com, the accepted charging map for Australia.
  • In WA, Synergy and Horizon are sponsoring 3 phase outlets on the route.

DC FAST CHARGERS – QUICK DAYLIGHT CHARGING

DC Fast Chargers convert mains AC into battery-friendly DC at a high rate.  AEVA and TOCA do not fund these.

  • Find them on plugshare.com or the provider’s website.
  • Full charge in typically 1 -2 hours (charging rate 250 to 500 km/h).
  • Excellent for fast daylight charging on a long trip when the vehicle’s overnight charge is not enough.
  • No advantage for overnight charging.  Better with an AC charger right at the accommodation site.
  • Typically $100K+ per installation including site works, but costs are starting to come down.
  • Mainly deployed in networks e.g. Tesla, ACT, Ergon Qld, RAC WA, NRMA NSW (soon) and more coming
  • Note that an isolated DC fast charger in your site or town will encourage quick day stops rather than overnighting.

DC Fast Chargers (CCS and CHAdeMO) not associated with any make of vehicle

  • You need to registered with one of the networks (ACT, RAC WA, NRMA) or Ergon Qld is presently free.
  • They all have a CHAdeMO cable on one side and a CCS cable on the other.
    • Teslas require a CHAdeMO adapter.
    • CCS has 2 types – CCS1 and CCS2 with a progressive standardisation towards CCS2
  • Typically up to 250km/h charge rate, depending on what the vehicle can take, and how full it is (tapering).

Tesla Superchargers

  • Teslas only
  • Network growing rapidly
  • Up to 500km/h charging rate, tapering from about 50% battery charge

OTHER AC CHARGERS DELIVERING AT LEAST 100km RANGE / HOUR OF CHARGE

There are two other charger types, other than the 32 amp 3 phase outlet that also provide 32 amp 3 phase power to electric vehicles.  As before locations of these are documented on plugshare.com which has the ability to filter the outlet type being displayed.

The Type 2 (Mennekes) Charger

This is the up-and-coming AC standard for public electric vehicle charging.

  • Delivers exactly the same charging rate as a 32 amp 3 phase outlet.
  • More convenient for the driver than a three phase outlet as it has the electric vehicle communications in the box on the wall, not in the cable.
  • Comes in 2 varieties:
    • With a built in charging cable (most convenient but more vulnerable to vandalism in unsupervised places)
    • As a socket where the driver needs a Type 2 to Type 2 cable to connect to the car.  Either bring the cable yourself, or some properties will have a loan cable.
  • Expensive $2K+ excluding installation, and nobody is subsidising these to property owners.  This explains why there are not many of them.  In WA and Qld they are backups to DC fast chargers.
  • Less reliable than the 32 amp 3 phase outlet as they contain complex electronics.  A factor in remote areas.  You can always plug them into a 32 amp 3 phase outlet giving a backup solution.
  • They are very nice and a slick substitute for the 32 amp 3 phase outlet, especially for major cities, but not any faster, and don’t really add value on outback routes where the rest of the route is 3 phase anyway.

The Tesla Destination Charger

This is a Tesla-specific charger with a Type 2 connection and a built in charging cable.

  • Tesla supplies them free to qualifying “destinations” i.e. motels, eating places, attractions etc (not roadhouses) in certain areas.  The Nullarbor, Stuart Highway and road across the Top End are not being looked at by Tesla at present.
  • Properties generally pay for installation themselves.
  • Delivers exactly the same charging rate as a 32 amp 3 phase outlet.
  • Very convenient for Teslas, and their location comes up on the car’s screen.
  • Tesla says they are only for Teslas, but people have tried them with other vehicles.  Tesla are bringing in versions that lock out non-Teslas.
  • Less reliable than the 32 amp 3 phase outlet as they contain complex electronics.  A factor in remote areas.  You can always plug them into a 32 amp 3 phase outlet giving a backup.  This will also give a non-Tesla solution.

SLOWER CHARGING OPTIONS

Note that electric vehicles can also charge from domestic 10 amp and caravan park 15 amp (single phase) plugs.  These are useful for going “off the beaten track” and for bridging gaps in the 3 phase AC charging route, but are not suited as points on the charging route itself because of their slow charging rate of 10 or 15 km of range per hour, which can result in charging times of 24 to 40 hours for a long range electric vehicle.

There is also the Type 1 (J1772) charging point which is gradually being phased out in Australia, mostly close to capital cities, with a maximum charge rate of about 40km of range per hour.  It suits the 2012-2017 Nissan Leaf, pre-2018 BMW I3, and early Mitsubishi Imiev.  The Type 1 is not needed for vehicles with a range of 200km or more.

YOUR NEXT STEP

Property Owners

  • If you are a “destination” i.e. motel, eating place, attraction etc (roadhouses are not), first see if you qualify in an area where Tesla are providing Destination Chargers.  The Nullarbor, Stuart Highway and road across the Top End are not being looked at by Tesla at present.  If successful, cover all electric vehicle types by doing one of the following:
    1. In remote areas, plug the Destination Charger into a 3 phase outlet or even better provide 3 phase outet(s) separately (quite a few WA coast sites have done one of these), OR
    2. In more populated areas, provide a separate Type 2 charger (Mirvac are doing this round Sydney) depending on cost benefit!

If you have a suitable property with great access to be part of a Fast DC charging network by Tesla, NRMA etc then definitely check that out.  Very few sites are suitable.  The Nullarbor, Stuart Highway and road across the Top End are not being looked at by Tesla at present.

  • At minimum get a 32 amp 3 phase outlet and put it in, maybe taking advantage of our “TOCA / AEVA OFFER TO PROPERTY OWNERS” above !

Electric Vehicle Owners

  • Get a 3 phase charging cable, a CHAdeMO adapter (for Teslas visiting Qld and WA), and whatever else is required (see TOCA charging page and plugshare.com, and speak with those who have travelled) and head off into or around Australia, and enjoy it !

                            Sylvia has done it.  So can you !

WE CAN HELP !

Drop us a line at charging@teslaowners.org.au and we’ll help get you up and running:

  • Eastern States including SA (excl Nullarbor) and NT – Richard McNeall
  • WA and Nullarbor – David Lloyd

Tesla 2016 Nullarbor Road Trip

In 2016, David and Matt drove from Perth to Adelaide to demonstrate that such journeys in an EV are quite possible – at that time, there was no specific charging infrastructure, but of course, you can charge an EV wherever there’s a plug.  There is much more infrastructure even in the two years since.

David’s report follows:

Matt and I planned this trip to prove an Electric Vehicle, a Tesla in particular, could drive from Perth to Adelaide across the Nullarbor, without purpose built chargers or facilities, and without having to camp in caravan parks with slow charging. The fastest the car can charge from AC is 32A 3-phase which provides 100km of range per hour, and this is what we wanted to use.

The Tesla performed brilliantly. We had planned dawn to dusk driving or charging for the first three days, and all daily destination targets were achieved. Auto-pilot drove most of the way and only faltered when we crossed into South Australia into the rising sun where the contrast between the road markings and the surface was very low.

On day 1 we charged in Merredin (at CBH grain silo) and at Southern Cross Town oval.

Merredin Town was the only one to say they could not help, but the CBH manager lent us his ICE to drive into town whilst the Tesla was charging and we found 3-phase at the Nissan dealer who agreed to allow EVs to use it in the future. We then walked round the Town recreation centre and found two 3-phase outlets which reception said we could use – we took photos of them back to the town council to gain official approval for next time.

We had to reach Kalgoorlie by 4pm for the local press and welcoming committee at Main roads, and our electrons were running low. Normally we would just reduce speed from the standard speed limit to improve efficiency but we couldn’t do this because of our deadline, so we arrived with 11km in the tank. Matt had to do a few demonstration launches and by the time we got to our night charger at the Oasis centre we had exactly 1km in the tank. Not an electron wasted. We knew we were charging by the netball court, but we were directed actually onto the courts, which felt secure with fences round us. When we got back later the courts were all full (except ours) and we had to wait until the game on the neighbouring court finished to drive out.

On day 2 we left 15 minutes late, charged at Norseman Town oval and so got to Balladonia road house 15 minutes late. Here the outlet was in an awkward location and we wanted to prove that we could still get close enough (rather than use our new 3-phase extension lead). Matt managed to fit into the tight space with 50mm margin on both sides. The manager Gregg promised to move the obstruction in time for Matt’s visit on the way back and for future EVs. However, this cost us another 15 minutes so we were 30 minutes late  leaving Balladonia.
It was getting near peak roo time so we slowed down, and the car watched the road ahead and kept us perfectly in lane whilst Matt and I were free to scan the bushes on either side. No worries in the end, except we arrived an hour behind schedule in the dark.
The later arrival presented a problem for the following day since we only had 15A single phase charge at Caiguna and we needed a full tank to make the next 3-phase at Border Village. 14 hours of charging would achieve this but we only had 13 hours to dawn when we had to leave without a full charge.

We left next morning missing a few electrons. Although we knew there was not much altitude difference over the whole day, our power use initially was too high at the speed limit. It turned out we were climbing steeply to the Madura pass before descending the escarpment into SA. But we don’t regen all the extra power we use on the way up, and it is not comforting when the car is panicking and telling us we will not make our destination and to turn round immediately – we reduced speed to 80-85km/h to hold the range left on arrival to be greater than zero, and road trains started whizzing past.
We stopped to spruik Teslas and try to convince the roadhouses on the way to accept the sockets we were providing free, and are hopeful of Cocklebiddy and confident of Mundrabilla. Next time this gap will be bridged. We had now stopped climbing so the power drain was less, so we decided to catch up to one of those roadtrains which had overtaken us and set the Auto-pilot to one car gap and accept the slipstream. Magic – our power use dropped dramatically and we were able hold 102km/h most of the way to Eucla.
At Eucla we had 12km to go to Border Village with 12km in the tank. We stopped to do some more spruiking and discussed taking a 15 minute charge even at 15A or to go very slow climbing through the Eucla gap.
At Eucla the receptionist said no, they didn’t have 3-phase power and what was it anyway, that the manager was not available and that she did not know about electricity. I asked to speak to the person in charge of maintenance, and the receptionist said he could be anywhere on site. Did he have a mobile phone? Yes. Do you want me to ring him? Yes please. But when Dave arrived he said no worries and plugged us into a beautiful 32A 3-phase at the laundry. The manager Amanda then appeared and we agreed a cost of 88c/kWh and even persuaded her to accept a free Tesla HPWC for next time (if Tesla approve this site).
So we arrived in Border Village with plenty of electrons and only did a courtesy charge there on the socket we had supplied. In fact, we were restricted to 22A from this outlet because of doubts about the wiring, so it was fortunate that we did not actually need a charge here.
We were now 30 minutes behind schedule but arrived at Nullarbor Roadhouse just before sunset, to plug into another of the sockets we had supplied.

The last two days were planned to be easy, with some spare time in case of problems in the first three days.

Matt took the manager Ross for a few launches at sunrise the next day (4), then we left across the true treeless plain to Penong Caravan park where a 20A and a 32A 3-phase awaited. We tested both successfully and then settled on the 32A and went to the Penong Hotel for a small pint. Soon Visible Tesla advised us that charging had ceased, so we rushed back to find the 32A could not hold the current and dialled it down to 26A. This put us behind schedule again and we tried pushing back up to 29A which held. The manager Graeme promised to look at this for next time.

At Ceduna Men’s shed the reception committee had left, but Matt said he would catch them on the way back. The car decided the 20A socket here was not fit for more than 15A, so we had more time to chat with Rodney and the local electrician Jamie. Karen at Poochera Hotel was very welcoming and we were soon plugged into one of her bar customer’s workshop across the road. Although this socket held 20A well, we decided to dial it down to 15A since this would be sufficient overnight. Payment for the electricity was by means of a bar tab with Karen, and she advised that she could ensure a 3-phase outlet would be available to any future EVs staying with her, on the same basis.

The next day seemed too easy, with the 50A outlet on offer at Kimba hospital and 32A at Port Augusta main square. But our 32A plug did not fit into the 50A socket, so our hospital contact took us into town to Bridgestone Tyres where Charlie said no worries. He had just had a new 20A 5-pin wired up, and by parking in a neighbours drive and snaking our extension lead, 32A to 20A converter/ cut out and 20A plug through his workshop we could reach it. However the car did not detect any supply so we deduced that the neutral had not in fact been connected. Charlie would now get the sparky back but in the meantime had another 20A even deeper in his workshop. We were now very glad we had bought the 10m 3-phase extension cable the day before we left. After donating a couple of bottles of WA wine we left with sufficient charge for Port Augusta. On the way Iron Knob offered cool drinks so we went in to find a ghost town taken over by Emus, and no functioning facilities. We arrived in Port Augusta to find the green box housing the 3-phase sockets locked, and the receptionist at the Town council knowing nothing about it and not able to contact Daniele. We left a message for him on his mobile and started to explore the area in 3 phase outlet search mode, soon discovering a 50A attached to the back of some automatic loo facilities. We wanted to settle the question of 32A plugs into 50A sockets so plugged in and after a bit of elbow grease made the connection. We were plugged into our own facilities, but had to park on the grass to avoid cables across the footpath. We were also in full view of the Town offices so it wasn’t long before rangers came to protect their grass and their loo. Fortunately were able to show our email exchange with Daniele and suddenly the key to the green box was found and we moved to an official parking spot there, which only involved a 2m cable across the path. We were instructed to remain with the car at all times and to replace the lock once we were finished. We charged to 90% hoping to use the Percedos charger out of the door of our room at Hotel Flinders to top off overnight (and to avoid the batteries sitting at 100% for long). Unfortunately we were iced in, although Matt did manage to add 90 minutes of charge at 9A early the next morning.

The last day was too easy with a strong tailwind and we drove the 320km to Adelaide at the speed limit (no plus offset because of the average speed cameras) with 60kms to spare. I had been unable to use auto lane change, and only discovered in Adelaide that I had not enabled this in my personal driver settings!

The power for this 2850km trip was supplied free by the town councils, but
we paid a total of $140 to the various commercial locations. We also gave Ceduna Men’s shed a donation of $50 and supplied outlets to Nullarbor Roadhouse and Border Village costing $41 each.  We also bought a 10m, 32A 3 phase extension cable for $313.

Although this trip required detailed planning, with several reserve locations since we were not sure what we would find at each location (access, wiring, compatible outlets), it should now be easy to replicate since the details of all visited outlets are on  Plugshare.

The gap between Balladonia and Eucla is now bridged at Mundrabilla and
Cocklebiddy, so there will be no need to charge on single phase anywhere between Perth and Adelaide. We took 5 nights on the way and visited more chargers than necessary (to test them out and talk Tesla), but only 4 nights were really required, and less if driving after dark.

Western Australia is now connected to the rest of Australia by fast AC outlets.

The Demise of the Internal Combustion Engine

Many of the public and media commentators fail to pay full attention to the transportation disruption the world is about to go through, many consider it’s going to happen but believe the change will be very slow, a 30 to 50 year process is the general opinion.

Well here’s my prediction: by 2027 there will be no sales of new 100% internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) in Australia.

Car dealerships, if that concept still exists, will only stock battery electric vehicles (BEV) or Hybrid vehicles, at least 80% of those vehicles will be the less complicated BEV, the remaining sales Hybrid, anyone looking to buy a new internal combustion engine driving a mechanical drive-train will be in for a shock.

Most people reading this would very much doubt the above is even close to reality in Australia as there is a section of today’s population that will always want an ICE drive-train, yes that’s correct but there’s also a series of factors that will combine to fast track the demise of new ICE vehicle sales.

I will get to the biggest factor last but first it’s important to look at the timeline of Electric vehicle disruption:

  1. 2018-Most of the world’s car makers are preparing for an Electric vehicle future, due to bottlenecks in battery supply chains and other production constraints the initial build volumes will be low keeping prices high.
  2. Sometime before 2022 the average Electric vehicles total cost of ownership will be less than an equivalent ICE vehicle, this includes the lower life time servicing, repair and re-fuelling costs.
  3. By 2025 the initial purchase price of an EV will be less than the purchase price of the equivalent ICE vehicle. This is due to a number of reasons including; far higher production volumes, far lower battery costs and the clear fact that an EV with less than 20 moving parts is far less complicated to build than an internal combustion engine drive-train with over 2000 moving parts.
  4. By 2025 the excuses for not owning an EV will no longer exist, driving range per charge, recharging speed and availability of charging points will be perfectly acceptable for most drivers, for those that aren’t convinced that a BEV is suitable a Hybrid vehicle will cover their needs. For those who still need a brand new complete internal combustion engine drive-train vehicle they have 2 years before the price difference becomes too much to justify.

So what’s the biggest factor in the demise of ICE new car sales?  Put simply the country has too many now. Australian’s have had a long love affair with their cars, getting a driver’s licence and car was and in many cases still is a big deal to many teenagers, this carried on through their 20s right through to retirement. Cars offered freedom, a great way to socialize, and if you weren’t that sharp at school, no good at sport or would never win a beauty contest that didn’t matter you could always have a cool car.

That’s all about to change, cars are not so important to many teenagers anymore, it’s a tool to get from A to B, they have a smart phone and that’s more exciting, plus they can call a Uber to get from A to B. Then there’s the adult population that already have a license and live in a 2 or 3 car family, they already had an inkling that cars were money pits but it’s starting to hit home now, the most recent report from the AAA states that transport costs are almost $18,000 per household, that extra car taking up space in the carport is starting to look dispensable. Paying for a second or third motor vehicle that rarely gets used is a waste when public transport, car sharing or an Electric pushbike could reduce the transport costs significantly, some households have already taken this course of action, the money is better spent on home loan repayments or holidays, expect plenty more to follow suit as time passes.

On top of this there’s increasing reasons for the public to give up driving; speed cameras, toll roads, road rage, traffic jams, these inhibitors to a pleasant driving experience will not go away, for many people it’s a far better experience to be a passenger and catch up with social media, expect car ownership to reduce steadily over the next decade, public transport and Electric vehicle ride sharing will increase in popularity.

All those cars and SUVs that were purchased new between now and 2025 will still be useful, but they will be common and cheap on the second hand market. Due to the higher running costs compared to an Electric vehicle it may be viable to purchase a very cheap second hand ICE but certainly not viable to purchase a new one. The only ICE vehicles that hold any value will be rare classics from the days when Australian’s loved their cars.

By Rob Dean, driver of both EV and ICE vehicles.

 

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