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PARREARRA dentist Vas Srinivasan may label himself The Invisible Orthodontist but on the road he is anything but.
He is one of Australia's early adopters of the revolutionary Tesla electric car considered to be the future of motoring globally and it turns heads wherever he goes.
"We call this TM. (Tesla Moment)," Dr Srinivasan said.
"Car enthusiasts obviously love it; people who do not know anything about cars still stop and ask me what type of car it is.
"My idea is to make young brains think like the way Elon Musk thinks and make them dream big so it is possible for a small town boy born in South Africa to become a billionaire because of his daring vision.
"I have always volunteered to show the car in festivals and groups and meets to make people think that the next time they want to buy a "German" car, they should consider buying a "Tesla" instead as it is comparatively priced but brings in far more benefits."
The Tesla along with a number of other electric vehicles will be on display at the 36th annual Sunshine Coast World Environment Day at the University of the Sunshine Coast this Sunday between 10am and 4pm.
Dr Srinivasan has also become one of the first in the country to order a Tesla Powerwall that will capture energy from solar systems at his home and office to allow the vehicle to recharge at night with renewable energy.
"I go to bed with my car with 50km in range, when I wake up, the car has a full tank of 500km," Dr Srinivasan said.
"Charging at night while you are sleeping is incredibly amazing. I have a full tank (range) every single day
"It feels surreal that you are driving around every day of your commuting life and you are not causing any damage to the environment. We have solar panels at home and at work. The car uses this energy to charge up (charging at home during the day comes from sunlight, charging at night is not, hence I have an order placed for Tesla Powerwall.
The first thing you notice about a Tesla, Dr Srinivasan said, was the noise-free acceleration.
"It is incredibly silent," he said. "One must be in the car to know how good it is. It feels pretty awkward to sit in a car that makes a sound to even get started.
Tesla's are incredibly quick off the mark, the top-of-the-range P85D reaching 100kmh in just 3.3 seconds. The vehicles have a top speed between 225kmh and 250kmh depending on the model and a range between 420 and 500 km.
"With updates to the car coming every month or two, the car gets better over time," Dr Srinivasan said.
"If you feel like the updates for your phone or laptop is making your life better, why shouldn't you expect this in your car. I have received blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, GPS updates, charging point updates all over the air (which wasn't available when I bought the car) and it didn't cost me anything