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Tesla – Setting the standard for motoring innovation

Posted on: October 2, 2017 by Tim McClare

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As the proud manufacturer of the world’s fastest car, Tesla is currently enjoying a major moment on the world’s motoring main stage. With its sights firmly set on establishing a strong presence in Australia, we take a quick look at what they’ll deliver next.

Autopilot

Released in 2015, Tesla’s Autopilot sent a clear signal to the motoring industry about where cars are headed next. And although it was never intended as a fully autonomous driving tool, it’s quickly become the end goal for many major manufacturers. So much so that GM is equipping their Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise, Mercedes-Benz is creating Drive Pilot for the S-Class and Audi are making the new A8 Level 3 autonomous.

With the release of the Model 3, Tesla’s made it clear they won’t be left behind, with plans to equip all future models with fully driverless technology. According to experts, 2020 will be the year autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles become more mainstream, but it’ll always be Tesla who got there first.

Model S & Model 3

Love fast cars? Then Tesla’s new Model S will definitely get your engine going. Roaring from 0 to 100 km/h in a tiny 2.7 seconds, it’s currently the fastest car in the world. Slinky and low-slung, it has Tesla aficionados all over the world hot under the hood. But with a price tag of $118,652, it’s not exactly what we’d call affordable. Luckily, the Model 3 will retail in Oz for around $50,000, and although it’s not as sexy as the Model S, it’s one of the best (and safest) options in its class. Currently in production, they’ll hit our shores sometime in 2019.

Powerpack

After a state-wide blackout and continuing power failures throughout the summer of 2017, the South Australian government looked to sustainable energy providers for alternative energy solutions. Long story short, Tesla’s been selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system which will deliver electricity during peak hours, taking the burden off SA’s existing electrical infrastructure. Due for completion in December 2017, it’ll be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world and is sure to put Tesla, and South Australia, firmly on the electricity world map.

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