Independent Australian car reviewing website chasingcars.com.au have tested a Tesla Model 3 Long Range, Hyundai Kona Electric Elite, Nissan Leaf, MG ZS EV and the Audi e-tron 55 Sportback on a drive to exhaustion range test to determine which cars have the longest range and which cars have the most accurate range claims in authentic Australian driving conditions.
Tesla Owners Club Western Australia (TOCWA) has doubled the reach of fast DC chargers north of Perth by installing a 50kW Tritium charger at Geraldton – Western Australia’s third largest city. This world first Owners Club initiative serves to open the mid-west region of Western Australia to all EV owners wishing to travel to tourist hotspots such as Kalbarri and Monkey Mia. It also drastically shortens the transit time of EVs pressing further north to destinations such as Carnarvon and Coral Bay.
Their policy states that the State Government will “invest up to $20 million to support the creation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure network facilitating travel north from Perth to Kununurra, along the south‑west coast to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie.“
Expected to be Australia’s second biggest battery, the proposed 100MW, 200MWh big battery will be bigger than 20 tennis courts, side-by-side, and have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for two hours, and to be housed at the decommissioned Kwinana Power Station.
WA’s energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation, with a major uptake of largescale renewables and rooftop solar. One in three households have rooftop solar panels and this is expected to rise to 50 per cent of households by 2030.
Increased pressure on WA’s electricity system and inaction could result in significant blackouts in coming years.
The big battery will support integration of more renewable energy and improve grid security. It can be charged during the day, when the sun is shining and energy is plentiful, and discharge this energy when it is most needed during the afternoon and evening peak.
Batteries will help the wider electricity system and the market by ‘smoothing’ demand issues, such as low load, which is encountered when customer solar generation is high but power demand is low.
In fantastic news for all Tesla owners, we are thrilled to confirm that a supercharger station is being installed in Williams early next year at the Williams Woolshed. It will be a great day when our Eaton Supercharger finally loses its coveted most isolated Supercharger in the world honor.