Tesla opens first Queensland store

Tesla officially opened its first Brisbane store and service centre at Fortitude Valley’s Homemaker centre this month.

The centre will host three vehicles, Tesla Powerwall and four supercharging bays.

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk attended the official ribbon-cutting to officially open the store on August 10, followed by a drive in the fully electric SUV Model X.

The store is the first in the sunshine state, with others located throughout Melbourne and Sydney.

“Tesla’s retail model, which is direct-to-customer, allows for future owners to customise the design of their vehicle as well as view the Tesla home energy product offering which includes Powerwall and solar panels,” Tesla said in a statement.

“Tesla’s service model is also unique, built on a zero-profit model, ensuring owners receive a full understanding of the costs and works being undertaken on their vehicle upfront and on occasion even prior to arrival at the service centre due to remote diagnosis over the air, through vehicle connectivity.

The Brisbane Supercharger opening completes the route from Ballarat, Victoria to Brisbane – with a Supercharger in Gympie planned for later this year.”

More than 300 destination chargers located nationally and 67 sites in Queensland alone.

The announcement comes after the state government launched the world’s longest electric vehicle highway, making it possible to drive an EV from Cairns to the Gold Coast.

The Queensland Electric Super Highway will comprise a series of fast-charging electric vehicle stations to be rolled out at locations right up the Queensland coast.