Only a handful of customers are likely to get one when Tesla is still struggling to ramp up production, and you still have to order a high-spec model with the long-range battery and premium interior. But we need some of the dinosaurs in charge to understand this. The region had just suffered widespread outages, with more than 40,000 homes intentionally going dark during a heatwave to avoid expending the region's limited supply of energy.
The 100MW/129MWh battery is expected to provide backup and stability services through energy storage to the South Australian grid.
Elon Musk ends 2017 on the positive note, the engineer and inventor has kept another his promise and finished building the world's biggest battery in under 100 days.
Designed by Franz von Holzhausen, who drove the car onto Musk's stage, the 2021 Tesla Roadster is not so much a roadster as a 2+2 with a targa roof, at least from what I could tell from my broken-up Wi-Fi feed. Nevertheless, he was taking a risk on a project that's thought to cost tens of millions of dollars.
Tesla finishes installing mega-battery in Australia
This pricing, newly revealed via the Tesla website, is actually incredibly competitive when measured against diesel truck costs.
Tesla chief Elon Musk recently revealed a plan to alter the buying process for new cars, which would require customers to pay completely up front for new cars, despite the fact they may not take delivery for quite some time - in some cases, years - in an attempt to generate income. The powertrain has battery swapping capabilities and an in-house developed modular battery system with 98 stackable modules, each containing 42 lithium-ion cells, thus reaching 4,116 cells.
The array of batteries, built by U.S. energy storage giant Tesla, was constructed alongside a windfarm near Jamestown, 220 km north of Adelaide.
South Australia suffers from so-called "load shedding" blackouts which left people without power in September last year, and again in February.