Tesla and Stockland charge ahead to drive future of electric cars
The Australian Government has welcomed the expansion of Tesla car charging stations to include 31 Stockland shopping centres around the country.
The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, was in the Sydney suburb of Cammeray recently to launch the new Stockland charging stations.
Laundy said the initiative was great news for the estimated 4000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered in Australia.
"Australians have been slow to change to electric cars, partly because of concerns about range and charging," Laundy said.
"Tesla drivers can now drive from Melbourne to Cairns and not pay a cent for fuel – thanks to these new charging stations.
"Electric cars are a key part of our transport future, and here in Australia, we're starting to catch up with other parts of the world.
"In 18 years, the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered in this country is expected to grow to 2.8 million."
Laundy said the Australian Government encouraged the use of electric cars.
"In May, the government announced a $390,000 grant to the Electric Vehicle Council to support their uptake.
"We also support low emission vehicles through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the Green Vehicle Guide and the Emissions Reduction Fund."
Laundy said it was great to see two companies with corporate philosophies that were committed to sustainability—in Tesla and Stockland—working together to expand low emissions technology.