Electric Vehicles

How a Tesla travelled 9,000kms through Queensland without super-charger network

The Queensland government's super charger Electric Highway initiative is great news for EV drivers. But you can make do without it.

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Consumers want to be energy self-sufficient – but who will help them do it?

Australian consumers want to embrace energy technologies like solar and storage that offer them cheaper electricity and greater energy independence – and power industry incumbents to meet this new wave of demand, or lose their grip on the market.

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The 2020 solar household: independent, intelligent and efficient

SMA managing director Mark Twidell says the real solar revolution will arrive with smart management technology, allowing the average prosumer of the future to buy from the grid, sell their solar power, and manage their consumption.

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Preparing a private home and rental property for energy storage revolution

Leigh Adamson recently bought the house next door to create a rare half acre block in suburbia. He now has an alternative retirement income and is readying both homes for the oncoming energy storage revolution with small grid-connect solar systems.

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W.A. sees solar future, but battery storage and EVs are not allowed

W.A. energy minister Mike Nahan has done an about-face and predicted that solar will dominate the future. But the state owned utilities require solar households to sign contracts promising not to install battery storage or purchase electric vehicles.

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Australia’s ‘greenest’ hotel pioneers strata fees for solar, and an EV charging station

Port Macquarie Hotel that is 100% carbon neutral uses strata fees to generate 16% return on rooftop solar panels on its roof - rather than sitting in a bank - and even hosts a Tesla charging station.

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Tesla Model S in Australia: Breaking the shackles and conquering new frontiers

A Brisbane family get their Tesla Model S and promptly leave on a 3,000km road trip, becoming the first to link Brisbane and Canberra and back again. And the super-charging network hasn’t been built yet. Here’s what happened.

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Australian Tesla Model S driver taps wind energy on Queensland road trip

Australian Tesla Model S driver has recharged at a wind farm in northern Queensland as part of road trip showcasing electric vehicles and renewable energy.

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Defence Housing to create solar suburb in Darwin, ready for EVs

New development to create 337kW solar suburb, producing 600,000kWh of electricity a year and saving Defence members more than $4.1m in electricity costs. Defence Housing Australia says it is creating a “solar suburb” in a new development near Darwin, with each home to feature a 4.5kW rooftop solar system and charging points for electric vehicles. […]

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What if every house had solar PV, and every car was electric?

New Zealand's biggest power generator imagines a scenario where every home had solar PV, and every car was electric. And it sees no problems.

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