Tesla drivers will have another reason to take in the Goulburn Valley with Dookie’s Tallis Wines getting its own charging station.
Drivers of the popular electric vehicles can recharge their cars free of charge via the winery’s two Tesla connectors, which are currently the first for the Goulburn Valley.
The 13kW chargers were installed earlier this year by Tesla Australia at no cost to the winery.
Tallis Wines co-owner Richard Tallis said it was a win win for the business and it could open it up to a new client base.
‘‘(Tesla) installed it all for us and supplied all the equipment,’’ Mr Tallis said.
‘‘Hopefully people come here, charge their cars and enjoy Tallis as a destination while they are waiting.’’
Tesla produces a range of all-electric vehicles which have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to the stylish designs and innovative battery technology.
Owners of the vehicles cannot fill up at just any petrol station, and instead they need to be charged via adapters connected to electrical outlets, or specially designed public charging stations.
Public charging stations speed up recharge times, and more and more are slowly being rolled out across Australia’s cities and towns.
Currently there are a dozens of public charging locations available in regional Victoria, including at Wodonga, Euroa, Bendigo and Ballarat.
Mr Tallis was not sure how many Tesla drivers had recharged their cars at the winery so far, but said it was currently a small number.
‘‘But they are going to be everywhere in a few years, this is the way of the future and we want to be there,’’ he said.
‘‘They are getting a lot more publicity right now with their big battery in South Australia.’’
Currently Tesla vehicles have retailed for more than $100000 each, limiting them to a small but dedicated customer base.
The company recently unveiled its Model 3 vehicle, which aims to bring electric vehicles to the masses with a more affordable price point starting of US$35000.