Tesla may not have been the first EV manufacturer on the block, but Elon Musk’s innovative company has indeed spearheaded the zero-emission driving revolution. If you’re tempted to make a Tesla your next investment, you’re in for a whole host of high-tech benefits – all wrapped up in a seriously high-tech electric car. Find out what Tesla models are on the market in Australia and get the lowdown on all their incredible benefits.
Tesla was founded in 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. A year later, Elon Musk invested and became chairman. Tesla’s first EV, the Roadster, was launched in 2008. At the time, it was the world’s first premium all-electric sedan.
The Roadster’s long charging times and high price points hindered it from taking off commercially. It was only when the cheaper, higher-performance Model S hit the market in 2012 that Tesla finally saw critical and showroom success.
Tesla has four EV models available on the Australian market; the Model S, Model X, Model Y and Model 3. Faster, sportier Model S Plaid and Model X Plaid versions are available, too. The Model S Plaid is a sleek executive saloon with a 628km range and 322km/h top speed. A roomy, seven-seater SUV, the Model X has a range of 536km.
Launched as a more affordable alternative to the Model S, the Model 3 retains many of the former’s features but with a lower range of 547km. Tesla’s mid-sized SUV, the Model Y, is a cross between the Model X and the Model 3. It has a range of 514km.
As well as seriously impressive range capabilities, Teslas are quick and powerful, with the Model S Plaid reaching 100km/h in two seconds. In addition, most Tesla models come with Dual or Tri-Motor All-Wheel Drive. Unlike traditional all-wheel drive systems, Tesla’s digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels for far better handling and traction control on most types of terrain.
Teslas are also incredibly safe, with most models having a five-star ANCAP rating. In addition, their high-strength architecture and floor-mounted battery pack deliver superior occupant protection and low rollover risk.
Few EVs outsmart Tesla when it comes to in-car tech and infotainment systems. All models come with a 17”, 2200 x 1300 resolution touchscreen. Apart from being the navigation command centre, the infotainment system offers console-level gaming, web browsing and movie streaming capabilities when the car is stationary.
Teslas are equipped with many modes – some useful, some fun. For example, the Ludicrous Plus Mode heats the battery so the car can hit its top speed, while Sentry Mode keeps the EV’s cameras and sensors on to record and alert you to suspicious activity around your Tesla.
Tesla technology isn’t just about entertainment, it elevates the all-round driving experience. Although it does not take over the car control completely, the Autopilot feature enables the EV to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane (all under the driver’s active supervision), assisting with the most burdensome parts of driving.
Autopark will automatically detect space and then facilitate parallel and perpendicular parking at the touch of a button. In conjunction with the Tesla smartphone app, the Summon function will automatically start and retrieve your car when you’re outside of it.
As a premium car, Teslas look the part. With their unmistakable sleek curves and minimalist design, Teslas are head-turningly stylish. But they’re not just pretty to look at. Tesla exteriors are aerodynamically optimised for smooth driving. The Model S is the most aerodynamic production car on Earth.
Inside, Teslas are just as chic. Minimal and futuristic, Tesla interiors impress on every level. Air conditioning units are hidden with tri-zone temperature controls, ventilated front seats and HEPA filtration coming as standard. In addition, the Model X has the world’s largest panoramic windshield for epic views as you drive.
Yes, Teslas are great for everyday driving. There are 51 active Tesla Superchargers across Australia in all states. With over 260 active DC fast charging stalls, Tesla’s network of Superchargers is the country’s largest DC fast charging network.
Yes, with large ranges of up to 628km, all Tesla models can travel long distances without needing a charge.
Teslas have large battery capacities ranging from 75 kWh and 98 kWh. Batteries and Drive Units are long-lasting and come with a warranty of 8 years or 192,000 km, whichever comes first.
Yes, Teslas make great family cars. They have five-star safety ratings and come with ISOFIX attachments for baby and car seats. The Model 3 is the most affordable and practical Tesla for families.
The Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest Tesla, reaching 100 km/h in 2 seconds. Its top speed is 332 km/h.
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