Tesla Superchargers Map: Where you can charge in Australia

See the extent of Tesla's Supercharger network and find out where it can take you.
Analysis by Kenneth Tsang

Have we got the power?

As an electric car, the Tesla relies on being able to find "Supercharger" stations to ensure you have enough power to complete long-distance journeys. The map below shows where you can find those charging stations across Australia as of April 2016, including Tesla's own Superchargers, "patron" sites such as hotels and resorts which only allow charging for visitors, and AirBNB locations with dedicated chargers. Right now, 22% of Australia's area is covered.

Key facts to know about your Tesla:

  • According to Tesla, charging between 10% to 80% at a Supercharger will provide you with enough charge to travel to another Supercharger on the network.
  • You’ll need 75 minutes to get a Tesla S to full charge using a Supercharger but only 40 minutes for 80% charge
  • After charging at a Tesla Supercharger for half an hour, you can can travel 270km.
  • 320,000 reservations have been made for the Tesla 3 globally.
Blue pin

Supercharger

yellow-pin-legend

Patrons only

red google pin

Airbnb

green map marker

Public Charger


New cars are introduced to the public every day, but when the Tesla Model 3 was released it was different. That's because there is nothing normal about Tesla.

Back in the early 2000s, people thought of electric cars as slow vehicles and car companies saw no market for them outside of environmentalists and tech enthusiasts. That has changed dramatically. So far this year, 320,000 people worldwide have paid $1,500 to reserve the Tesla Model 3. And that's without knowing what the car looked like.
Tesla can't just release cars into a market. The beauty of an electric vehicle is that it doesn't need petrol and hence has low running costs; the drawback is that it needs places to charge. If it comes into a market such as Australia where there are no public charging stations, the onus of responsibility is on Tesla to provide them. Unfortunately, the rollout of these public charging stations, which are called Tesla Superchargers, can't happen all at once.

Heath Walker, senior marketing and communication manager at Tesla, explained to us how the company is prioritising the Supercharger rollout. "We want to connect major cities based on sales and where we are operational and then branch from there. We are also putting in place a Destination Charging program where hotels, shopping centres, airports and secure parking locations receive high power wall connectors for charging of the Model S," he said.In the US, the Supercharger network is much more advanced, which Walker says is due to a few key factors.

"The US has built infrastructure as the population of vehicles have been adopted. In addition, they launched the Model S in 2012. This being said, 90-95% of charging is done at home, and Superchargers are for long-distance travel which we have enabled in the two major cities where we are operational."

TeslaSupercharger

Tesla aims to "cover Australia in superchargers," according to Walker, which he said should not stop anyone from purchasing a Tesla within 500km of range of the Supercharger network.

Range anxiety, or the fear of losing charge and being nowhere near a charger, is an issue often discussed by Australian Tesla enthusiasts. Tesla's focus has been on the east coast, with all major cities planned to be connected this year. However, the next phase of its plan, which may or may not involve the introduction of more Superchargers on the west coast of Australia, is yet to be announced.

While range anxiety is very real, Walker says the solution is about changing behaviour.

"Range anxiety was introduced by petrol vehicles. Every time the red light comes on in a vehicle, that is range anxiety. Owning an electric car is like owning a mobile phone, you get home, charge, and wake up with the equivalent of a full tank of petrol every morning. And nobody fills up twice in a day unless driving long distances, which is where Superchargers come into play."

Superchargers provide 270km of range with 30 minutes of charging time. Based on a Model S, you would need to charge for 75 minutes to get the car to full battery, but Tesla estimates only 10-80% of charge is needed to travel between most Supercharger locations.

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    PeterMarch 21, 2017

    Can you advise the typical motor speed of a Tesla when driving at 100 Km/h.

    Regards.

    Peter Cull.

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      PhilipJuly 23, 2017

      Hi Peter,

      The motor RPM range of an electric car is very different to that of a regular petrol/diesel engine. In the Model S Tesla, the minimum RPM is zero at standstill and approx. 18,000 RPM at maximum speed, electronically limited to 255 km/h.

      My calculation suggests that at 100 km/h, the motor would be spinning at roughly 7,050 RPM.

      The motor drives the wheels through a (approx.) 9:1 reduction gear.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

      Philip.

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      ArnoldApril 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      On average, the engine of a car moving 100kph will normally spin at 2000 – 2800 rpm. This figure depends on the make and model of the vehicle. Also factors like weather, engine condition, vehicle maintenance etc. These are all factors that affect the performance of the engine.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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