A Tesla Motors Hit Job via Australia’s News Limited

FREMONT, CA - AUGUST 16: Tesla Model S sedans are seen parked in front of a row of new Tesla Superchargers outside of the Tesla Factory on August 16, 2013 in Fremont, California. Tesla Motors opened a new Supercharger station with four stalls for public use at their factory in Fremont, California. The Superchargers allow owners of the Tesla Model S to charge their vehicles in 20 to 30 minutes for free. There are now 18 charging stations in the U.S. with plans to open more in the near future. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


It’s great to see that Australia’s News Limited site is completely nefarious when it comes to a new automaker landing on its shores. How dare Tesla Motors bring innovation and a new drivetrain to our shores, and think Australians will get the truth about these electricity-draining, “special” vehicles from Rupert Murdoch’s media site

Last week, Teslarati documented deliveries of Model S vehicles to Australia and then I saw this article via Uncle Rupert’s site, “Tesla electric car has its plug pulled because its recharger needs too much power.

That was quick. Looks like the Australian market for Tesla is gone due to these Australian rubes not having electricity, right?

The article insinuates how the “dual-charger” option is not easy to install in residential homes and plus it “may” cost around $10,000 for it to installed.  However, the hit-job never describes the range of charging options for a Tesla product or, actually, uses the word “dual-charger” in its description.

It’s a doozy.

This is the “beginning” of the article:  “Unlike other electric cars, the Tesla cannot be recharged via a normal power point and requires a special charger to be installed at home or work at a cost of up to $10,000—and may also need to have the local electricity substation upgraded at a cost of more than $50,000, according to experts.”

According to what experts? This is mind-numbing but what if you’re not an engineer, auto enthusiast or early adopter? This first sentence allows a person to draw a pretty quick conclusion on these “fancy, electric cars” from that Billionaire in the U.S.

The article does allow Tesla to chime in, though, in the thirteenth paragraph.

Here’s the quote from Tesla spokesman, Heath Walker,“Most houses can cope with (the 40 amp charger) due to off-peak (electricity demand),” said Mr Walker.

Or, he could have said, “Last time I checked, Australia is not on the moon.”

Other evil tripe from the article:

  • Despite the uncertainty and restrictions, an estimated 50 Australians have placed orders for the new Tesla Model S which costs between $100,000 and $220,000 depending on options and battery range. ($222,000?)
  • Electric cars already on sale in Australia can be charged on 10 amp household power or require a relatively simple 15 amp upgrade for about $400. But because the Tesla requires a 40 amp single phase charger, the Master Electricians Association says there may be restrictions on upgrading household power supply and connecting to the local electricity grid. (Again, no mention of the charging options for the car.)

Wherever Rupert breathes, the Against-It freaks will be waiting to provide misinformation and “hit-jobs” about this American beauty.

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