Teslas flow along Australia's east cost with opening of pivotal supercharger station

Forget paying for petrol when driving a Tesla from Sydney to Melbourne

A Tesla Model S 85 charging at The Star casino, Sydney.

A Tesla Model S 85 charging at The Star casino, Sydney.

Dreams of driving a Model S from Brisbane to Melbourne are a little closer to becoming a reality with the latest developments made to Tesla’s Supercharger network.

The opening of a Supercharger station in Gudagai, a small town in New South Wales, has made it possible to drive a Model S from Sydney, through Canberra and to Melbourne, free from the costly burden of petrol.

It is part of a larger plan to have a network of charging infrastructure along the east coast of Australia. The Supercharger network was announced in 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

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The Gundagai Supercharger station is located on the Hume Highway alongside multiple eateries and can accommodate up to six Teslas at a time.

Up to 270km of charge can be replenished within 30 minutes, while customers eat, use the amenities and take a rest from the long drive.

The occasion was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony and ‘supercharger rally’, where owners of a Tesla vehicle travelled in both directions from Melbourne and Sydney to Gundagai.

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