Keep an eye out for the Tesla Roadster, an electric-charged vehicle, which is travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Keep an eye out for the Tesla Roadster, an electric-charged vehicle, which is travelling between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Electric car to stop at Coffs

THE electric car revolution is passing through the Coffs Coast.

A prototype Tesla Roadster is having a shot at bettering the Australian world record for the furthest an electric car has travelled on a single charge.

The Roadster has left Melbourne and will travel 3000km to Brisbane on March 30, with a brief stopover in Coffs Harbour on March 26.

Tesla's ‘Oz Goes Electric' promotional tour will give people a chance to see the Roadster up-close, following the electric super car company's official Australian launch in January.

The Roadster has an official range of 360-394km, which is significantly less than a standard internal combustion engine-driven vehicle.

However if you think Tesla is going to risk breaking down on the side of the highway, then think again.

Tesla Australia national sales manager Jay McCormack said one of the main objectives of the road trip was to prove to Australian motorists that EVs did not mean compromising on range, performance or styling.

“This road trip is a milestone. It's the first time an electric vehicle has travelled a significant distance in Australia, charging along the way,” Mr McCormack said.

A complete fast charge from a 240V charger takes slightly less than four hours.

“Many Australians will be seeing an EV for the first time, and we want them to see with their own eyes that electric cars can perform just as well as conventional cars without the emissions,” he said.

In October 2009, Australia's first Tesla owner, Simon Hackett, broke the record for the longest distance travelled by an EV on a single charge.

With a light foot on the accelerator, Hackett piloted the 2008 Roadster from Alice Springs to Coober Pedy for a total of 501km.



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