Can I use Tesla chargers for other cars?

Tesla SuperchargerAs Tesla slowly opens up its Superchargers to other EV owners, who else can take advantage of the tech giant’s Australian fast-charging network?

Today, there are more than 60 Tesla Supercharger stations across Australia – mostly on the eastern seaboard – with more than 400 individual charging stalls.

As the nation’s electric car uptake starts to accelerate, Tesla has made a small number of its 150kW chargers available to other electric vehicle (EV) owners.

(Note: Tesla AC ‘Destination chargers’ installed at hotels, holiday homes, etc, can usually be used for any brand of vehicle fitted with a CCS charging port.)

So, can you use Tesla chargers for other types of cars? Here’s what you need to know…

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Revealed: Australia’s fossil car industry efforts to stop EVs

Fossil fuel cars in queueA report from InfluenceMap sheds new light on the efforts of Australia fossil car lobby – under the auspices of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) – to weaken Australia’s proposed vehicle emission standards and slow down the uptake of electric vehicles.

The new report, titled The FCAI and Australian Climate Policy draws on more than 500 pages of previously unseen documents from Freedom of Information requests, and reveals how the FCAI had confidential briefings to government officials and bureaucrats in their efforts to stop or weaken climate policy.

It also reveals how it worked with other fossil fuel lobby groups as part of its plan to dilute climate policy.

“This behind-the-scenes effort shows the automotive industry adopting a similar playbook to the oil industry to weaken climate rules aimed at promoting battery electric vehicles,” says InfluenceMap program manager Ben Youriev.

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Monster movers: BHP tests electric trucks

BHP trucksAustralia’s largest miner, BHP, is about to test run heavy-haul trucks with electric motors charged by renewable power in a bid to slash fossil fuel use that accounts for 40 per cent of its carbon emissions.

These huge ore trucks run 24 hours a day, burn vast reservoirs of diesel and are ubiquitous across Australia’s open-pit mines.

James Agar, BHP’s group procurement officer, is charged with cutting the company’s 40 per cent diesel emissions footprint. To do that, he needs to electrify its fleet of 650 heavy-haul trucks, weighing in at about 20 to 25 tonnes each, that currently run on polluting fossil fuels.

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Federal Electric Vehicle strategy released

EV ChargingThe Australian federal government has released its first electric vehicle strategy and outlined how it plans to remove barriers to buying EVs.

The three focus areas for the government are

    • the supply of EVs;
    • the systems and infrastructure needed to support EV uptake;
    • demand from drivers for EVs.

According to the strategy, there are six expected outcomes:

    • a greater choice of EVs;
    • a reduction in transport emissions;
    • increasing ease of charging EVs nationally;
    • an increase in local manufacturing and recycling of materials;
    • making EVs more affordable;
    • making it cheaper for people to run their vehicles.

The other key pillar of the strategy is the plan to introduce a fuel efficiency standard, which requires car makers to meet certain emissions limits for their entire fleet or else face penalties.

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Queensland introduces Australia’s largest EV subsidy

EV ChargingEligible motorists in Queensland can now apply for a $6000 rebate on the purchase of any new sub-$68,000 electric car – the most generous subsidy of any Australian state or territory.

The Queensland Government announced its electric-car subsidy has been doubled from $3000 to $6000, while the maximum dutiable value of an electric or hydrogen car also increased by $10,000 to $68,000 plus on-road costs.

The increased subsidy expands the number of zero-emissions cars which are eligible for the rebate from eight to 20 -now including the Tesla Model 3, Australia’s best-selling electric vehicle.

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