A Self driving Tesla is great but how can you charge them?

All Tesla electric vehicles being sold in Australia now come standard with the advanced hardware capable of providing Autopilot features today, and full self-driving capabilities in the future. Tesla’s are often described as “computers on wheels” thanks to the over the air software updates which are designed to add or improve functionality of the vehicles over time. Not many other electric vehicles can lay claim to such a unique feature, which makes Tesla’s one of the most valuable and desirable electric vehicles on the market in Australia.

Each Tesla electric vehicle has eight surrounding cameras which provide a complete 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250m of range in any direction. These cameras are completed by twelve ultrasonic sensors, which helps allow for detection of both hard and soft objects, in addition to forward facing radar, which enhances functionality including the ability to see through heavy fog, rain and dust. Bringing this all together is an on-board computing system with over 40x the processing speed of previous generations. The end result is what we know as Tesla Autopilot, the world’s first self-driving capable vehicle. Charging your electric vehicle will be similar to the way you charge your mobile phone – plug in, sleep, wake up and go. This also completes the existing network of Tesla charging stations, as well as the growing network of public ev charging stations being installed by councils, shopping centres and other commercial customers looking at ways to attract and retain customers.


Autopilot can remove itself from your garage, navigate to your destination inclusive of steering, lane changes, starting and stopping as well as drop you off and look for its own car park – truly remarkable technology. Whilst Tesla has self-driving capabilities, a driver will still need to be present and alert in the vehicle, and may be prompted to touch the steering wheel or interact with the vehicle in order to ensure that the driver does not get distracted or fall asleep.

So with self-driving and autopilot technology how then do you charge your tesla? Unfortunately, at this stage a Tesla can’t charge itself using a Tesla EV Charger…yet. You will still need the human intervention to locate a Tesla EV charger and plug it into your tesla at your nearest destination or rapid charging station. Tesla charging stations can easily be installed at your home or workplace, which makes charging of your Tesla really simple and convenient.

With the advent of wireless EV charging there is the potential that the Tesla can navigate and auto charge itself, but this is still a few years off as the technology needs to develop in order to minimise the current lost between the charging plate and the vehicle, as well as navigate the safety requirements of launching new technology into the market.

Sam Korkees believes in EV’s and the future of clean mobility. Through his company EVSE Australia he has installed more electric car charge points in Australia from backyard conversions to high rise penthouses. To know more, visit https://evse.com.au

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