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Coonawarra’s Raidis Estate powering up innovative visitors
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Leading the charge to support innovation, Raidis Estate has recently installed South Australia’s first Tesla recharge station at their Coonawarra Cellar Door, enabling Tesla owners to visit the Limestone Coast wine region with ease for the first time.
The idea was sparked by Melbourne-based Tesla owner Keith Wein who visited Emma and Steven Raidis at their Cellar Door while waiting 24 hours for his battery operated vehicle to recharge.
Raidis Estate Managing Director Steven Raidis said “Tesla’s will charge via a typical household power supply but waiting a full day and night isn’t a practical option for anyone with a limited time frame.
We jumped at the idea to install the 22kW electric vehicle supply, to welcome visitors to Coonawarra but also to support sustainable technologies. Now the Tesla will fully charge in just three hours” continued Steven.
With a range of more than 400 kilometres, Tesla’s are the world’s first long distance electric car; however the 800 kilometres from Melbourne to Coonawarra to Adelaide without a charger in sight meant the region wasn’t an option — until now.
Keith recently returned to trial the new device, and was full of praise for the Raidis’ initiative. “I’m delighted, now I can enjoy a tasting and lunch in Penola and be on my way again. The best part is I didn’t even ask Steven and Emma to install it — it was entirely their initiative” continued Keith.
Tesla refuses to release sales data, however government figures place more than 170 Tesla’s on the road in New South Wales and Victoria in March 2015 — a 150% increase in the three months from December 2014. Increases in the number of recharge outlets can only help the significant market growth Tesla have experienced since launching in December of 2014.