Brace yourself. We may actually be living in the future.
We may not have personal jetpacks and robot domestic workers, but there’s solid proof we’re living in the era of the electric car. The latest Tesla model is primed to be the world’s most popular rechargeable car and the world’s largest electric car road is under construction. The future is humming along.
On Friday, July 29 Elon Musk rolled the first 30 Tesla Model 3 all-electric cars off the assembly line.
The four-door sedan can travel 215 miles on a single charge and zoom from zero-to-60 mph in under six seconds.
Yes, they’re pretty cars that can hold a big charge. But aesthetics alone don’t make them an electric-car game-changer. The real BFD is their $35,000 price tag. The Tesla Model 3 is extremely affordable.
The pre-ordered vehicles are largely going to Tesla employees.
You know what would perfectly complement Musk’s affordable Tesla Model 3? A spin down one of the world’s longest electric highways. Much like the perfect pairing of soup and half-sandwich, our friends in Queensland, Australia have unveiled plans for the Electric Super Highway.
Leave it to the Aussies to come up with a stretch of roadway with a series of fast-charging stations in 18 cities and towns. The purpose is to encourage more electrical vehicle use in the country that brought us the Crocodile Dundee franchise.
This is great news for all new Tesla Model 3 owners. All 30 of them.
The world’s longest stretch of electric highway will cost $3 million and be 1,242 miles long. Electric vehicle owners can drive on the country’s east coast; from the Gold Coast to Carins without running out of current. The stations will be free for one year and allow vehicles to charge within 30 minutes
“This initial support from government serves as a signal that Queensland is serious about electric vehicles,” said Electric Vehicle Council CEO Behyad Jafari.
Jafari framed the electric roadway as an opportunity for investment to grow our economy and create new, high skilled jobs.”
The only downside is that it may render the Australian punk rock dystopia foretold in the Mad Max movies impossible. In a world that doesn’t need gasoline, there’s also no need for Furiosa, War Boys and the like.
So we’ll have to make do with the future of The Jetsons. Which, come to think of it, is a lot more pleasant.