EV Chargers increasing in Queensland Australia

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EV Chargers increasing in Queensland Australia, this last week has seen the network of EV chargers grow in a number of locations. 

New chargers at Ikea

I visited Ikea Logan in November and noticed some construction being undertaken.

At the time I commented that it looked like new charging stations. However, there were only cables extruding from the concrete. There was no signage that indicated the exact purpose of the construction.  Recently they were confirmed to be new charging stations.

construction of chargers at Ikea Logan
Ikea Logan charger during construction,
Image by D.McCann

DFO Chargers

Mark Bailey MP recently opened the new Tritium Evie chargers at DFO shopping center.

The shopping center where they are located is close to a main thoroughfare called the Gateway Arterial Road. In close proximity to the Brisbane airport this will Ride share drivers to charge and stay available more often. 

This introduction to the Queensland EV network is an encouraging sign. This is a positive step as opposed to southern state’s taxes. Mark Bailey MP when opening the chargers was asked about the tax. He highlighted that the timing was more of an issue than the tax its self.  

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The introduction and promotion of the new charging stations is a sure sign that Queensland’s priorities are to grow the uptake of Electric vehicles not hinder them. 

Tritium Charging platform

Tritium recently introduced their new platform for Charging stations recently. This introduction occurred in Brisbane Australia and outlined a new EV charger that has the capacity to flex its capacity of how many vehicles can be charged over the long term, thus increasing the viability of charging stations.

This introduction in Brisbane is again an encouraging sign that Queensland is looking to the future of transportation and is supporting a growing industry. 

Queensland is looking to the future

I recently wrote about Springfield lakes and their vision for a future city. If Queensland Government was to introduce a tax, not only would it hinder the future city, it would also be counter intuitive to the owners of EVs, Tritium’s new platform and to the comments of Mark Bailey MP. 

Queensland has been a big supporter of the Electric highway from Cairns down to the border and beyond. This highway over the coming years will hopefully grow to include a greater range. 

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So is Western Australia

It is encouraging to see Western Australia announce a similar highway down the west coast of Australia today. 

The future is about increasing the ability for the EV drivers to charge and to have the confidence to drive distance like they do with today’s ICE vehicles. 

Last week the future was looking like taxes may delay the transition to electrification, this week I am encourages to see the future looking brighter by the day.

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder

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Australian Tesla Prices Drop

Model 3 Tesla
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Australian Tesla Prices Drop, however there is still a long way to go. 

This week has been a busy week for Tesla. It has also been a fun time for those in the EV community who follow Tesla closely. 

A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog talking about “Out of Balance”, in this blog I talked about how I had caught up with a  friend who had limited knowledge of the benefits and differences between Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) and Electric Vehicles(EV).  We spoke about the vehicles and I gave a balanced view of the EV’s including Tesla’s.

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Planted a seed

What I hadn’t realized is that I had planted a seed that had grown over the last couple of weeks. This week I received a surprise that has made me smile. I received a call from my friend Andrew the Optometrist, he said to me “I did something a little crazy this week. “I bought a Model 3.”

To say I was super excited for him and his family is an understatement. I am passionate about Tesla and the EV community and another person to join the fold is just great news. To have someone who you know and have helped to see the electric vehicle in a different light just makes me warm to the soul. 

He was very excited about the purchase. He and his family had, since we spoke, looked around at both ICE Vehicles and Electric Vehicles. The decided to take the Model 3 for a Test drive. He said that was the clincher. His wife and kids were sold, and they all fell in love with the Model 3. 

Of course, as anybody in the EV community knows, the Test drive cannot be explained it has to be experienced. 

Model 3 standard range old
Image courtesy of Tesla.com

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They ordered the Black Standard Range Model 3 not long after the Test drive. He explained they liked the black because they have had black cars for years and liked the look. His kids were super excited and they love the idea of putting their bags in the frunk. 

It was an incredible feeling to know before this he had not considered an electric vehicle as being an option and after our conversation, he seriously considered it. 

Of course, that is not where the week ended. 

Rumours

Rumours had started to float around over the last couple of weeks that a refresh of the Model 3 was upon us. Images of the cars missing chrome trim and a new console had started to surface thanks to Whole Mars Blog, however there had been no official word from Tesla. 

Well on Friday afternoon Australian time we understood why they had not said anything. Unannounced, the Tesla website changed. 

What a dramatic change it was, not only did it introduce the new console, but it also changed prices in some impressive ways. 

Surprise

Elon announced earlier in the week that the cost of the Model S would be reduced to USD $69420. These numbers seem random but trust me if you have been a tesla fanboy for a while, they make perfect sense. 

Any way it was in response to Lucid air releasing their price for the latest vehicle. 

This again was a surprise and many people jumped onto this price as it was a good many thousands of dollars savings. 

But Elon and tesla were not done there. On Friday afternoon, Australian time, we understood why they had not said anything about the Model 3 changes, Australian Tesla prices drop. Unannounced, the Tesla website changed. 

What a dramatic change it was, not only did it introduce the new console that had been rumored it also changed prices in some impressive ways. 

On entering the Website, you are presented with the new look Tesla Model 3 Performance with the Uber Turbine Wheels. 

Model 3 Tesla .com
Image courtesy of Tesla.com

Once you then go to the Order page for the Model 3 there are differences across the whole product line. 

Standard Range 

The Standard Range Aero wheels have been updated which gives the Model 3 a new and sportier look. Included with this refresh is the power trunk, increased range and of course the decrease in price of almost $8000 dollars depending on which state you order from in Australia. With the change to the price the standard range no longer incurs the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) that Australia imposes on imported luxury Vehicles.

Model 3 Tesla .com standard range
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Long Range 

The long-range again has a new set of Wheels with an update to the 19” sport wheels. They are very similar to the original Wheels however they have a subtle change that whether functional or not may be polarizing. The changes again included the Power trunk, Increased range, and the price difference of $6000, again depending on the state in Australia.  LCT will be incurred. 

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Performance Model 3

The performance Model 3 introduced the Uber turbine wheels when the model 3 was first introduced to the world it is wonderful to see them back again and introduced to customers. As with the standard range and Long-range Model 3 the performance also includes the power trunk, increased range and a spectacular drop in price of almost $20000 depending again which state you are buying from in Australia. 

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Model 3 Performance tesla .com
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Once again Tesla has not disappointed. The new changes to the Model 3 line up were not just restricted to Australia. The range increase is particularly interesting and possibly indicates that the introduction of a heat pump may have occurred for the Model 3 as it did for the Model Y. 

It has been and continues to be a wonderful and exciting experience following Tesla as they continue to lead the EV market with innovation, passion, and a mission that inspires many. 

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Andrew the Optometrist

When I heard the news of the price drop I instantly messaged Andrew the optometrist. His response made me smile” Woooooooooo Hooooooooo”

It turns out he had ordered at the right time. He and his family saved over $8000 dollars in one night thanks to Tesla. The Model 3 they are to get will be better than it was when they ordered.

Australian Tesla Prices Drop and I am glad to help bring electric vehicle knowledge into more people’s lives. It is truly special when that information is used to make informed decisions. I hope Andrew and his family find great joy in the purchase.

Dave

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Part 1 -Dave’s Journey to owning a Tesla

Lets’ Begin

Dirt road and the word start
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Part 1 -Dave’s Journey to owning a Tesla, I started this Website and Blog as a way to be part of something greater than myself.

What I found was a group of people just as passionate. Passionate about improving the environment and enjoying the cars whilst they do it. 

I have written this blog for over 18 months now. During that time I have had a second goal that I want to achieve. Owning my own Tesla. 

Tesla 

tesla model 3
Image courtesy of Tesla.com

Tesla Mission is the transition, of the world, to sustainable energy and transport. This mission aligns with my passion for all things electric cars and improving the future for our kids and generations beyond. 

But as many would know owning a Tesla in Australia is not so easy. The cost alone is high and there are too few incentives provided by the government. 

However, I am not swayed!

My passion to own a car that does not pollute when driven, has safety and technology at the core and can drive for over 500 km’s on a single charge just inspires me to begin the journey to ownership.

It is truly the iPhone of the motor vehicle world. 

Dave’s Journey to owning a Tesla

road with words follow your passion

So, my original plan was to get solar panels, then, a battery, followed by the Tesla. I have so far had solar installed a number of years ago and have not quite had the opportunity to get the battery installed. 

But if I am to own a Tesla, I need to start to put the pennies away.  

So, I am writing this new series to outline my process of getting there. 

It will be my mission to update you with my strategies, ideas, and outcomes, regarding how I am going with saving for a Tesla. 

By saving some money, over time it will allow me to grow a big enough deposit that the loan amount and repayments are manageable. Then we can look at the best loans.

To own the car sooner rather than later would be ideal, so I will try different strategies of maximising money. Any opportunity that i can earn more money through being thrifty or odd jobs I will write about here.

The goal is to show, and explain, how it is possible by showing others that it is, possible to own a car that could and has changed the future. 

My Starting Balance 

My starting balance is zero ($0) dollars which means that I am starting where most people start, at the beginning of a journey not knowing what’s to come, not sure where it will take me but excited by the possibilities that I have before me. 

A few months ago I had a response from Elon Musk around the prices in Australia. Since then a lot in the world has changed. So I have decided to work towards my goal.

I know the car I want, it is a Model 3 Long range, Red with Full Self Driving. It totals currently at AUD $113,000 drive away. 

break down of price for Long range model 3
Courtesy of Tesla.com

The performance model 3 was considered but due to price and the fact that I live in Australia and distance is king, I decided that the long range still has all the bells and whistles I need. 

Of course, I do like the base model with no bells and whistles that costs $88,000 drive away and most likely will be the one I end up with as the price hopefully will be more manageable. 

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breakdown of price model 3 standard range plus
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But ultimately, I want a Tesla, sure there are other electric cars I could choose, and they are priced similar or a little lower than the Tesla however I have looked at them all and my heart is still set on a Tesla. 

So, I hope you find my blogs interesting, inspiring, practical and helpful. This is a journey we can share and I hope you follow along.

Part 1 – Dave’s Journey to owning a Tesla is my ideas and thoughts, I am not providing any financial advice or making any suggestion that I am an expert, I am just sharing my experience and passion for working towards a goal of mine.

So, thanks for sticking with me so far. The best is yet to come. 

Back to the beginning of where all good ideas start, an idea, a promise of what’s to come with savings, our passion and our love for Tesla and electric vehicles together we can achieve great things.  

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder

Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels

Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels

Oil barrel spilling oil to look like the global countries

COVID 19 impact

los angeles with pollution and without

We have been sitting pretty for a while now. Clean air, beautiful beaches, clear oceans and not much else. The world has had a taste of what it is like to feel the fresh breeze on their faces and the sweet smells of spring in the air. The environment has been amazing whilst we have reduced our driving of combustion engines during the COVID 19 stay at home orders across the globe. 

However, in Australia, there is a storm brewing and it is going to set the tone for the next decade and beyond.  

The Past

100 years ago we as a society of free thinking people made a decision between electric and internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, this decision has had ramifications that most people in today’s world would deny.

classic model t ford
Image by Michael Kauer from Pixabay

Reports on news channels of large bushfires, weather patterns that are more ferocious and damaging than ever before, disease and famine in countries to dry to grow crops, all this can be related back to burning of fossil fuels.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/climate/climate-change-acceleration.html

Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewables vs Fossil fuels. Fossil fuels have propped up the economy for decades and the innovative new thinking of Non-polluting Renewables is starting to show real value.

Hornsdale

One of the best examples of the non-polluting renewables is the Hornsdale Battery(https://hornsdalepowerreserve.com.au ). The Hornsdale battery has proven that non-polluting renewables can be more valuable and responsive than traditional power plants.  

hornsdale mega battery

Examples like this are all around us we just need to be able to see through the fog of miss information and see the detail of the issue and the outcomes of the new innovative thinkers to see the benefits that it brings. 

Australian Government stance

Currently the liberal government have very clearly stated, before COVID 19 came along, that they are not as focused on the environmental impacts as they try getting the bottom line back in the black.

This was no more demonstrated by the removal of the environmental portfolio in the government ministry from the cabinet to a sub role. 

This change put a nail in many believer’s ideas about there being some progressive thinking within the government. However, COVID-19 and the stay at home management of the spread has certainly turned Australia on its ear and put it in debt to the tune of over 130 billion dollars. 

This budget deficit offers an opportunity for the government to show leadership. They have shown leadership when the management of the country was going through the shutdown but now it is time to show leadership in how we move into the future.

To help grow the economy again it is imperative that all options be considered. In doing this it is also important to look at the long term impacts both economically, politically and environmentally. 

The government in Australia has not had a good track record with their support for new innovative ideas surrounding the environment. 

As we have seen with regards to the COVID 19 virus the environment if taken for granted has a way of hitting back.

If we are to move into the next generations with the ability to hold our heads up high and be mindful of the impact we as a society have then we need to move towards non polluting renewables. 

What others are doing

Across the globe there are a number of countries which have made large strides to introduce the following elements to assist the transition with great effect. These include projects that are based upon;

  • Solar power
    • Home based 
    • Large Farms
  • Wind power
    • Ocean based wind farms
    • Land based wind farms
  • Ocean Power
    • Wave power generation
  • Battery storage
    • Home batteries
      • Tesla 
      • LG
    • Mega Batteries
      • Tesla
  • Electric vehicles
    • Ford
    • KIA
    • Porsche
    • Etc

Project like these,post COVID 19, can be the catalyst to grow industries that help to get the budget back in black faster whilst taking on the responsibility to manage the current environmental impact of fossil fuels.

The economy right now needs help to get back the losses that we have had over the last couple of months. We need fresh ideas and ways forward. This can only be achieved if the government , the people ,the innovators and business combine their resources to move Australia forward. 

tesla moving towards the future

It is important to take stock of what we have, look at how we have changed in the COVID 19 world and start to look towards helping the future generations to live a happy healthy life without pollution and pain.

The Battle Lines have been drawn between Renewable vs Fossil fuels, lets hope that our Leaders have the courage to take not only the first step, but many more after that and help Australia find its way into the future and to the self-reliant future of the non-polluting renewables age. 

Dave 

David McCann
David McCann

EV-HQ founder

Dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s?

long road to mountains in distance
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Elon Musk and Tesla this week lived up to expectation and again helped out Australians and New Zealanders with the dropping of the price of the connectivity to Tesla’s. It got me to thinking about my dreams of owning a Tesla in Australia and how they still seem out of reach 2 years after the Model 3, the car for the masses, was released. Are peoples dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s?

The reduction in connectivity seems a small thing and normally it wouldn’t be significant, but the reduction was approx. 40%. Such an amazing and gracious act.

tesla with computer vision demo

However, over the last couple of years, we in Australia and by extension New Zealand, haven’t had a lot to celebrate when it comes to the price of electric vehicles as prices are way out of reach for your average person. 

I am not wealthy and in some cases I live from pay check to pay check due to the increase in living expenses over the last 10 years. Studying hard for many years has allowed me to have have a reliable job. I have a loving family and I want to look out for them as much as I can. This includes protecting them when they are driving to work or school. 

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About 4-5 years ago I, like thousands before me, scrolled through YouTube looking for something to occupy my interest and I came across a video talking about Tesla. I had not heard about Tesla, the mission or a guy named Elon Musk. What I saw was a car that was truly amazing, revolutionary, and above all it was considered the safest car on the road. 

Up until this time I had not really been aware of the new evolution of the electric car and a person called Elon Musk. 

Since then, until now, I have been a kid in a candy store absorbing all the information I can and gaining a greater understanding of their purpose and mission. I found a community that was passionate, friendly and great fun covering the globe and looking at every aspect of the vehicles, the company and the mission. They have been a great companion over the years and have given more than they take. I am grateful for this.

many feet coming together
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When the Model 3 was announced to the world I had hope! Hope of being able to afford the car of my dreams and hope they were not out of reach in Australia. Dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s?

Tesla has worked the last 10 years to deliver the car to the masses. The promise was a car that would be affordable so that the average mum and dad could afford it. This has fed my passion and desire to own the Tesla model 3 ever since the announcement.

red model 3 driving away
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However, my glee at an affordable car was short lived when the prices were announced for the Model 3 in Australia. The chance of owning a Tesla for the average family is becoming more and more out of reach letting many people’s dreams of owning a Tesla in Australia become further out of reach. 

I trust Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla and he has shown that he and Tesla are open to price changes as demonstrated by the changes to the connectivity fee. A business needs to earn money to help grow the business and the vision is to build gigafactory’s on every continent which should assist with the reduction of costs and flow on to price as we have seen in China.

So……. are my dreams of owning a Tesla in Australia truly out of reach?There doesn’t seem to be a clear answer but there are possible solutions.

Currently we as a global community are finding our lives turned upside down, and the last thing anyone would expect a reduction in prices occurring anytime soon. One might see prices rise due to a downturn in production out of Fremont due to its closure whilst isolating.

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However, where one door closes another opens and in Australia and New Zealand right now there is opportunity for Tesla to thrive. Airlines are grounded and people are starting to emerge from isolation and will want to travel. Now is the time to drop the price and let people experience the Tesla life. Take this opportunity to make prices affordable, allow leasing, bring Made in China Model 3’s into the country and help to drive opportunities to bring the price down. 

Are dreams of owning a Tesla out of reach for Australian’s? No if the above opportunities were implemented. If they were it would let dreams become reality and watch the sustainable future appear before our eyes.

Dave. 

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Written by David McCann 25/4/2020

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The Model Y is made for Australia

Australia is a beautiful country with golden sand beaches, red rock deserts, amazing green lush fields (now it has rained) and wonderful people. This country has been a beacon to travellers over the years and as part of that they have had to travel great distance to get to the amazing sites. 

The great barrier reef is over 2000 kms from Sydney where the Harbour bridge and Sydney Opera House reside. Most travelers will fly but a large number decide to hire, buy a car and drive the thousands of kilometers seeing the real Australia on the way. 

This experience could be enhanced by the use of the Model Y. The electric highway that runs the length of the east coast gives rise to the possibility that the Electric revolution is coming. Travelers can take advantage of this capability and the Model Y could be the car to help that along. 

When travelling, people will have luggage and the Model Y has a large hatch back boot that would allow for great amounts of cargo carrying. It also contains a frunk with more storage for a good esky(cooler) to keep snacks, drinks and picnic lunch to enjoy on the way. The model Y allows for 7 seats allowing more friends and family to travel together and enjoy the scenery. 

Australia is a beautiful country with wonderful wildlife that does not exist anywhere else in the world. To see these unique creatures is difficult as most vehicles scare them away. The electric vehicle like Model Y are very quiet and have a greater chance of seeing these wonderful creatures up close. The Model Y has large amounts of visual pleasures with the large panoramic roof that frames the landscape and the wildlife in unforgettable vistas. 

The use of the Model Y makes complete sense in Australia. We are a country who drive and love SUV’s. These cars have become the car of choice for a large amount of the population. The introduction of the model Y improves the choice that people can make when deciding to purchase their next car. With many reports suggesting that people will consider an electric vehicle as their next vehicle it is important that Australian have a choice that meets all their current criteria whilst addressing the current imperatives that need to change to assist the environment to return to health. 

Australians are big believers in the environment as we know we live in a beautiful country. To keep it this way we are realistic that we need to change our habits to allow our country to remain the wonderland that it is. 

The Model Y is built for Australia and is the most compelling vehicle coming to our shores.

I, one day, would love to own a Tesla and model Y might just meet my needs. 

Dave 

Written by David McCann 7/3/2020