ELECTRIC CAR: Marc Talloen (left) is about to refuel his Tesla car with renewable solar energy while Toby Hunter, from Solar Power Wide Bay Burnett, is happy to assist him.
ELECTRIC CAR: Marc Talloen (left) is about to refuel his Tesla car with renewable solar energy while Toby Hunter, from Solar Power Wide Bay Burnett, is happy to assist him. Alistair Brightman

Tesla's car an impressive piece of engineering

BELGIAN-BORN Bribie Island resident Marc Talloen loves his Tesla electric car.

"The torque is amazing, the power is immediate and it is very smooth," he said.

Mr Talloen, an environmentalist at heart, jumped at the chance to be one of the first in Australia to own a Tesla vehicle.

"I knew three years ago I wanted one," he said.

"I thought if it's sustainable, I can't wait to be one of the first to own one."

The car, which takes under four hours to fully charge when plugged into an electrical socket, can run about 400km on a full battery.

The technology behind the Tesla vehicle represents an innovative step in car design and a giant leap towards a future less reliant on fossil fuels.

"When you go to China, the smog is terrible and it is caused by vehicle emissions," he said.

"This kind of technology will alleviate that problem."

Mr Talloen, who demonstrated his car at Solar Power Wide Bay Burnett yesterday, recently undertook a trip across Queensland to prove his vehicle's capability at driving long distances.

"You can move around freely and you're not limited by the little public infrastructure available at present to recharge," he said.

Equipped with a portable charger, Mr Talloen successfully tripped in his Tesla from Bribie Island up north to Port Douglas, back through the Atherton Tablelands and to Hervey Bay.

"The world is moving and if we had the political guts, Australia could become much more sustainable," he said.

The vehicle, which was yesterday charged with solar power, represents an energy alternative Australia is looking for.



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