Looking at the increasing popularity of electric-run vehicles and a passion for their tight-knit community has led one Barossa family-owned winery to install a Tesla vehicle charging station.
Greenock’s Joseph and Sue Evans took up the state government’s offer to install an electric charging station at their Ballycroft Vineyard and Cellars, off Adelaide Road.
According to Mr Evans, the new addition to their business is perfect timing as they have plans to undergo an expansion to their winery.
“For me, it’s (the station) self-sufficient with 22kw of solar energy to come from the winery combined with the 9kw energy we have on the roof of the house,” he said.
Energy which will help run the charging station with no charge to customers who use it.
Installation took place on Friday ahead of a gathering at Jamestown on Friday night which involved Premier Jay Weatherill and Tesla chief executive and founder Elon Musk.
For now, the Evans’ decision follows other recently installed stations at Flaxman’s Winery at Eden Valley and Appellation at Marananga for guests, with another to be installed on Wednesday at Chateau Yaldara.
While Mr Evans understands electric cars in Australia is in its infancy, he is mindful of what the future will bring.
“At the moment we expect to see one car in the next 12 months, but in the next 10 years one car a day and the next 15 years – regularly,” he said.
“It is open to the public, and becasue we are 70km from Adelaide and just off the (Sturt) highway we thought it was an ideal location.”
The couple’s future plans include installing other charging stations, priced at about $1500, to support electric cars to follow including VW, Renault, plus electric bikes and segways, which are self balancing scooters.
They also plan to purchase an electric vehicle for their business later next year.
The Evans, who were one of 12 founding stalls at the Barossa Market and are heavily involved in the Greenock Community, said their main reason to support Tesla was to further promote the region and further attract visitors from all over.
Collaboratively, the wineries have approached Barossa Tourism to have a Tesla symbol placed on the Barossa tourism map.