Tiny Canadian Town Gets 8-Stall Supercharger Station

5 months ago by Steven Loveday 17

Tesla Supercharging station comes to Canada

Tesla Supercharging station (such as this one) comes to small Canadian town

Tesla listened to local officials in Canada’s small southern Alberta town of Fort Macleod, and followed through with the installation of an eight-stall Supercharger station. The town’s chief administrative officer, Sue Keenan, said:

Tesla Supercharger Station

Tesla Supercharger Station in Norway

“Tesla thought it was a great idea so we had some ongoing conversations with them that started in about March of 2016. They came out and checked out the town and found an ideal site and decided to pursue it as an opportunity.”

Tesla came out and checked out the area after town officials mentioned that it was an ideal location. It sits at the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 3, and has several businesses within walking distance.

This is important for travelers, so that they have something to do or somewhere to wander while charging. Patrons will have an opportunity to do a bit of shopping or have a meal. Tesla found the ideal site in the area and leased it from one of the adjacent restaurant chain owners. Keenan added:

“The economic development impact is phenomenal.”

Due to a new over-the-air software update, the touchscreen in all Tesla vehicles now shows a growing list of “Amenities” offered at various Supercharger stations. It will make it easier for drivers to plan their trips. According to Tesla:

“As Tesla sees it, a critical component of the adoption of electric vehicles is to create a seamless and convenient charging experience wherever owners choose to travel.”

The tiny Canadian town has a population of just over 3,000 people. According to Teslarati, it found its only brush with fame when it was the site for the filming of the movie “Brokeback Mountain.” The hit movie went on to win an Academy Award.

Sources: CBC, Teslarati

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17 responses to "Tiny Canadian Town Gets 8-Stall Supercharger Station"

  1. DJ says:

    The Superchargers in nowhere has a nice ring to it 🙂

    1. Yes and no … on no where.

      Fort Macleod, AB situated in middle of triangle between Glacier National Park (US/CA), Banff National Park and Calgary, AB (major financial hub to Canadian Fossil businesses) … all within a couple hundred km ie: (range of a Tesla charge).

      So yes, being in middle of nowhere can also be the middle of many interesting destinations. 🙂

      1. jimijonjack&jill says:

        Rite On BH these things Superchargers are all strategically placed & Well thought out . They don’t hang a map & throw Darts at it ….. l m a o….

        1. Eco says:

          Fort MacLeod is a very strategic (charging) bridge between Calgary and USA, it’s 300 miles (500 km) to Missoula, MT that already has a charging station, and 200 miles (320 km) to Kalispell, MT which according to Tesla’s map is getting a Supercharger in 2017. For drivers going straight south or SE into USA, there’s also a Supercharger scheduled for Shelby, MT in 2017 (135 miles – 215 km).

  2. WadeTyhon says:

    Very cool for this town! EV charging stations along major highways will be the new railroad stations lol.

  3. speculawyer says:

    Tiny towns in the middle of nowhere is exactly where Superchargers belong.

    The superchargers are to enable long distance travel between popular destinations, not be a regular charging place at popular destinations.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      I like the idea of small towns, not due to locals using them as home chargers, but because I think it’d be nice to avoid having to hit chains if you want to get something to eat or drink while you charge.

  4. Mdstj says:

    Speculawyer said it perfectly. Ditto!

  5. Reddy says:

    Sorry folks. This article is not quite correct. This was actually suggested by several folks on TMC back in Fall 2015, many of whom lobbied Tesla for Fort MacLeod instead of the larger Lethbridge that Tesla was proposing. Fort MacLeod makes much more sense due to proximity to the mountains and splits the distance between Calgary, AB and Shelby, MT. Here’s the start of the discussion:
    Western Canada Superchargers

  6. Peter Thorsen says:

    The top photo is actually from the 12-stall supercharger in Køge, Denmark although the snow does add that canadian touch 😉

  7. Nix says:

    This reminds me of towns arguing over where the railroad should run back when they were first building railroads.

    It was serious stuff to decide where the railway stops would be located, eventually making or breaking many small towns along the way.

    Small towns are smart to lobby Tesla for these Superchargers (even if it wasn’t originally their idea).

  8. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “If you build it, they will come.”

    (Or: What Speculawyer said! 🙂 )

  9. Foo says:

    Oh Tesla Supercharger… why can’t I quit you.

  10. Ziv says:

    Superchargers are getting to the point where they almost charge too quickly, I might have to hurry my burger a bit or pay a $2 idle fee if I take 5 minutes too long to get back to unplug my car after it quits charging!
    Wait a minute, maybe my car will be able to autonomously drive to a safe, free parking spot while I leisurely finish my fries and walk back!
    Seriously, I love the idea that in a few years Teslas may be able to charge at 300+ kW charge rates and will be able to charge quickly enough that you will be able to add 80+ kWh’s in the time it takes to wolf a burger. They are already fast, and in a few years they will be 2.5 times as fast, or more.
    Here is hoping Saturdays Spacex flight is smooth as silk!

    1. Nix says:

      Your Tesla will autonomously pick you up at the door of the burger joint, and hand you a wet-wipe for those greasy fingers… *grin*

  11. mxs says:

    Oil money region, hence Tesla customers.

  12. Unplugged says:

    Am I correct that the Superchargers are on unpaved DIRT?

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