Inside Tesla's first Australian showroom (pictures)
Tesla is preparing to open its first ever Australian showroom and service centre, located in the heart of Sydney. CNET took a tour to see how the first Model S vehicles were being shown off on Australian soil.
As Tesla Motors prepares to deliver Model S vehicles to a handful of Australian customers, the first Tesla showroom and service centre in the Australian market is preparing to open its doors in the Sydney suburb of St Leonards.
Visitors can take a tour of the showroom and get up close with the Model S, while learning all about the internal workings of the car, as well as the different design details (left) that can be incorporated into the final vehicle.
A wall at the front of the showroom shows all the different details and finishes that customers can choose for their Model S. Interiors come in piano black as standard, but there are options for carbon fibre and wood detailing, as well as different colours for the exterior paint job.
Tesla's "skateboard" base sets it apart from traditional cars, thanks to its ultra-simple design. The flat base of this skateboard is comprised of 16 battery modules containing 7,000 lithium-ion battery cells, ensuring the Model S has the power to make it between charges.
At the front of the Model S, where one would normally expect to find a traditional motor, this EV features small components that control things such as battery cooling and air conditioning.
The dash is distinctive for its full electronic display and a massive screen that shows off all the inner workings of the Model S. Drivers can control the sunroof, music and interior lighting from the display, and a built-in SIM offers 4 years worth of 3G coverage as standard.
There are also options to save the position of the mirrors and seat under a 'driver profile' for the next trip, while suspension settings can be geotagged so the Model S will remember just how steep your driveway is every time.