Tesla electric car centre to drive Valley forward

Fortitude Valley will be home to Brisbane’s first Tesla Electric Vehicle showroom, following the endorsement of a planning application by Brisbane City Council’s City Planning Committee yesterday.

City Planning Chairman Cr Julian Simmonds said the new Tesla centre would be spread across three levels of the existing Homemaker Centre at 1058 and 1062 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley.

“Tesla’s decision to invest in Brisbane is a vote of confidence, not only in our automotive market, but in Brisbane residents’ enthusiasm for a clean, green and sustainable city,” Cr Simmonds said.

“We have seen Brisbane residents adopting clean technology and this is a great step in promoting environmentally-friendly technology for the city.

“Brisbane City Council installed the city’s first electric vehicle charging station in 2012 and since this time, the popularity of electric vehicles has continued to grow.”

Cr Simmonds said under this proposal, Tesla would provide four car charging stations, available for Tesla vehicles.

“These super charging locations will allow vehicles to be fully re-charged in a matter of minutes, rather than hours,” Cr Simmonds said.

“Despite several electric vehicle charging sites already located across the city, these sites will be the first super charging stations in the region.

“The existing building will be repurposed as part of the plans, with minimal external changes, to improve accessibility to the site.

“The ground-floor level of the building will be converted to a state of the art Tesla vehicle showroom and sales centre.

“A customer lounge and visible service centre will also feature on the ground floor, allowing visitors to inspect services being undertaken on vehicles, similar to other Tesla centres around the country.

“The basement level will include a car wash station for new vehicles and Tesla vehicles arriving for servicing.”

Cr Simmonds said the new Tesla centre would support 10 new full-time jobs, once up and running.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.