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Tesla Motors has announced an Australian roll-out of its Destination Charging Program which has seen the electric car brand add a number of fast charge points around the country.

The high power wall units used for the Destination Charging Program aren’t as quick as the brand’s Superchargers (which can refill an empty battery tank in about an hour from empty, adding up to 500 kilometres of range in that time and ruining at up to 80 amps), but the more compact, wall-mounted units can run up to 40 amps and add about 50km of charge per hour, and are also available for home installation.

The company says the Destination Charging stations are designed to enable Tesla owners to drive to popular destinations with the knowledge they won’t be left stranded.

Tesla’s local arm claims the positioning of the new high power wall units concentrates on “key locations where Model S owners frequent for longer stops”, and the locations include hotels such as the Park Hyatt Sydney, The Darling at Pyrmont, Hotel Realm Canberra, and The Observatory in Port Macquarie. Further, snow bunnies will be able to travel afar, as the Rundells Alpine Lodge at Dinner Plain in the Victorian high country also has a Destination Charging station.

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Other locations include the Westfield shopping malls at Chatswood in Sydney’s north and Chadstone in Melbourne’s south-east, with “premium parking locations” and wall units available to Model S owners.

As for parking stations, the brand has signed on with Secure Parking for Model S owners to charge their cars in locations across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

All recharging at public locations is at no cost to owners and the company claims it will “expand across all states in Australia” with its Destination Charging network.

“This expanding network of Destination Charging is a great replication of the convenience our owners receive when charging at home. Along with the developing Supercharger network, our owners will be able to cover long distances with the knowledge they have a charging solution.” said Tesla’s Australian spokesperson, Heath Walker.

Watch our road trip down the west coast of the USA where we tested the Tesla Supercharger network in the Model S.




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