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Tesla extends planned Supercharger route in Australia all the way to giant Powerpack project

Tesla is currently working to deploy the most powerful energy storage project in the world, a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system in South Australia.

Ahead of launching the project, Tesla announced that they are expanding their Supercharger network all the way to the project.

There was an urgency to the project and earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that Tesla could deliver the over 100 MWh of energy storage needed in 100 days or it would be free.

After winning the contract, the CEO said that there’s a possibility that it could already be partly deployed by the end of September.

Coincidently (or not), Musk will be in Adelaide, Australia, which is near the project, at the end of September for the 2017 International Astronautical Conference on September 29.

Now Tesla announces that there will even be a Supercharger route extending to the project:

Adelaide was one of the only large Australian cities that didn’t have a Supercharger station, but Tesla has now updated the maps of its latest Supercharger expansion announced in April to include a new segment that extends to the city.

Here’s a comparison of the map from the expansion announcement and the new map updated this week:

They even added a station north of Adelaide at the midpoint between the city and the Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia, where Tesla is building the energy storage project.

The station, which is said to be online by the end of the year, looks like it was added specifically for enabling trips to the project in Tesla vehicles.

It’s in line with Musk saying that the project could be so impressive that it could become a tourist attraction and that people will stop to take a look around.

Hopefully, we will have a better idea of what it looks like later this month, but the render above and Tesla’s previous smaller projects, like the one in Kauai, can give us a good idea:

In the meantime, Tesla has larger expansions of its Supercharger network around the world. The automaker just recently reached 900 Supercharger stations with 6,000 Supercharger stalls and its goal is to have 10,000 Superchargers worldwide by the end of the year.

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