Tesla Should Finish Trans-Canada Supercharger Route By End Of Year


Currently Lots Of Huge Gaps In Supercharger Coverage In Canada

Tesla is expanding its Supercharger network at a rapid pace ahead of the Model 3 launch. The automaker says it should finish the Trans-Canada Supercharger route by the end of this year.

Though The U.S. is full of Supercharger, our neighbors to the north have massive gaps in Supercharger coverage still. That will supposedly change by the end of this year, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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Swift Current is located in southern Saskatchewan and will provide a partial link between Calgary (active) and Winnipeg (coming soon). Saskatchewan currently has zero Tesla Superchargers.

It’s unlikely the trans-Canada Supercharger route will be utilized often, but in the rare case that a Canadian, or someone else, decides to do the coast-to-coast trip, Superchargers will be in place by year’s end to support such a journey, which has been possible with the support of Superchargers in the U.S. for years now.

The Supercharger build-out both in the U.S., Canada and abroad is to support a massive amount of Teslas that are anticipated to hit the roads soon in the form of (mostly) Model 3s.

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31 responses to "Tesla Should Finish Trans-Canada Supercharger Route By End Of Year"
  1. TM says:

    I’m still waiting for that “surge”.
    31 new stations added and the year is almost half gone. Historic rate is 100 new locations in N.A. per year. If anything, we are behind the historic pace, not ahead of it.

    1. Steve says:

      What a whiner you are.

      http://www.supercharge.info shows 16 new Supercharger sites opened, and 8 new Supercharger sites got their permits and began construction, TODAY.

      Quit trying to gauge what they’re doing with less than 6 months in the year passed. Everyone knows things speed up towards the end of each calendar year.

  2. S'toon says:

    Didn’t believe the post when someone first posted it on the Telsa Motors Club forums, don’t believe it now.

    Tesla’s always been optimistic on what coverage there will be on their Supercharger maps. Winnipeg was supposed to be built last year, for example, and there’s still no Supercharger there now.

    There’s practically no expansion on the predicted map this year, and I don’t expect there to be any next year either.

    Tesla treats Canada with scarcely concealed contempt.

    1. SparkEV says:

      You can hardly blame Tesla. After all, we (US) did go to war against Canada not long ago, and our ills are blamed on Canada.


      1. sven ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

        That was way back in 1995 when the US went to war with Canada. It made me proud to be an American when the President went on
        television to address the Canadian government and its people and said: “Surrender pronto or we’ll level Toronto.”


        1. Priusmaniac says:

          It was actually in 1812:

          1. paul smith says:

            Actually Canada did not exist till 1867. But in 1812 after being attacked by Americans, the Brits and local indian tribes joined and beat them back to Washington and burned the White House to the ground.

            1. SparkEV says:

              That just shows that even before Canada became Canada, they wanted to “take over” the USA.

              As for burning down the house, that’s because the president was too short. In the most recent great war of 1999, we kicked their arse! See the animated documentary about this little known fact.

              There’s also a historic drama about the war of 1995, which oddly starting many Canadian actors.

              1. Brave Lil' Toaster says:

                It’s not odd at all. Canadians require a heightened sense of humour if we’re to weather a single Canadian winter. It’s basically the only thing that keeps us from going nuts.

    2. Joyful Dub says:

      World wide, it is a steady growth as you can see on the “Charts” tab here :

      There are currently +50 sites in construction or having been delivered the permit.

      1. Mikael says:

        Slooooooow but steady. The yearly installations of stations are lower this year than last. And those were lower than the year before.

        At the same time the car sales has been increasing by ~50% year on year.

        Hopefully they will pick up the pace on the supercharger network too when the Model 3 gets here, to at least give first world countries basic coverage.

        (and/or a CCS port so that I could go where there is no supercharge coverage)

        1. MikeG says:

          I looked at the number of stalls added this year and the number of SC installations. The number of stalls went increased by nearly 600 while YTD and the number of installations increased by 80.

          If we assume that all the stall expansion was going to new superchargers, then each new SC would get an average of 7 stalls.

          Since superchargers have at least 4-6 stalls, it doesn’t appear that there are a lot of expansions of existing stations.

          It could also be that Supercharge.info has not captured the number of stalls accurately.

  3. Dee says:

    This site is always up to date on progress of superchargers: https://supercharge.info/
    If you zoom out on the map it looks like a virus spreading across the world!

  4. Orphancarguy says:

    Coast to coast??? The eastern terminus is at Riviere du Loup QC. Nothing in New Brunswick, nothing on Prince Edward Island, nothing in Nova Scotia, nothing in Newfoundland, not even in the ‘future build’. You can’t even get to Atlantic Canada via Maine or vice versa with any ease because they stopped at Bangor and never continued up 95 to Houleton ME/Woodstock NB. Woodstock would be a perfect first build because it is on the TransCanada, you can get to Bangor, or Riv du Loup, Fredericton or Moncton, or even to PEI with an S 90 or 100 if you keep the speed down. Moncton/Dieppe where the TransCanada 2 crosses the 15 near the airport would be the logical second build to access Nova Scotia. Truro NS on the TransCanada at the junction of the 104 and 102 (ie, Cape Breton and hence to the Newfoundland Ferries; Truro to Halifax and the rest of Nova Scotia) would be a sensible third build, and metro Halifax possibly in the Dartmouth Crossing complex would be a logical 4th build.

  5. Vexar says:

    I think the Sun Country Highway folks are probably laughing pretty hard right now. How long has their high-amperage J-1772 route been in place?

    1. Rolf says:

      Thanks to Sun Country Highway and Kent Rathwell. Without his extreme dedication on building the Sun Country Highway, we would have not been able to cross Canada with our Model S and camping trailer last year. http://www.TeslaXCanada.com

    2. Stephen Pace says:

      @Vexar: 80 amps is great, but SuperCharging is better. Tesla currently offers 120 kW charging with rumors of 135 – 150 kW coming.

    3. Mayhemm says:

      While the Sun Country Highway network DOES technically make it possible to travel across the country today (I’ve done all 17 thousand kilometres), I wouldn’t call it comfortable. Many of the sites are poorly-monitored/maintained, and while there are some 100A (80A continuous) units, the vast majority are 40A (32A continuous) models. Given the choice on a real trip with real passengers, I would use Superchargers every time.

  6. georgeS says:

    Good article.

    Looks like only 4 more S/C’s to complete a nice loop into Canada from the NW USA….up thru calgary.

    I want to do that in #1682.

  7. Kenneth says:

    I’ll do cross canada for sure in my Model 3. I’ve done Toronto to Vancouver twice already in ICE cars.

  8. floydboy says:

    Wait a minute! What about Antarctica! Man, this company is so slow. GM’s gonna have way more chargers than this. I’m getting a Bolt!

    Who says you can’t please none of the people all of the time.

  9. Taser54 says:

    What if it identifies as CCS?

  10. RoddyE says:

    Finally! The Trans-Canada is an obvious expansion route, with most of the population nearby. Much more impact than North Dakota, given that the border is an issue.

  11. Charles says:

    I’m pretty optimistic, but only a couple of months ago Tesla added a bunch of “grey dots” to its map, which shows SCs to be completed by the end of the year – both new sites and duplication/expansion of existing high-traffic sites.

    Not a single new “grey dot” appeared between Calgary and Winnipeg (except Winnipeg itself). Now Elon has just added another… *scurries off to Google Maps to check how many*

    Well, I just did the maths. You could do this route at a stretch with four sites (Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Regina, Virden). There are some big gaps there – 295 km/183 miles the largest – so you’d have to charge at *every* stop and if a site is down, you’re screwed.

    Four sites might be doable. A more realistic number would be 7 (maximum gap 225 km/149 miles) or 9 (maximum 190 km/118 miles).

  12. wavelet says:

    The Tesla map doesn’t show anythink remotely like the trans-Canadian (via Trans-Canada Highway) route — that would require 5-6 superchargers for the 1300km+ between Calgary and Winnipeg, and then ~10 more for a route from Winnipeg to Toronto through Thunder Bay, north of the Lakes. I don’t see any of that, let alone anything in the easternmost part of the Trans-Canada, which is this:
    It’s completely unclear what Musk’s referring to.
    (not to mention, I recall someone from Tesla saying a Trans-Canada route would be done end 2016).

  13. jim stack says:

    I love how they keep adding new routes but keep hoping they will finish the Tucson AZ to El Paso Texas route. It was due last year and keeps getting pushed out.
    Arizona has a lot of Tesla owners with more coming everyday. Please connect up the Tucson area to the rest of the world!

  14. Jason says:

    Well did you consider it might not be Tesla at fault? Maybe talk to local regulators and see if they have issued permits. I imagine Tesla would need permits to install SC’s and of it is anything like where I live, they can be pretty slow.

  15. Francis L says:

    Let’s not forget Elon Musk is also Canadian!

    1. SparkEV says:

      Nonsense! Long winded birth-right means nothing. In his heart and mind, he is US citizen by voluntarily choosing to become a part of this great nation and reject Canada.

  16. Much Ski says:

    Musk did say earlier that it should be complete by the end of 2017. The Western and Eastern corridors are looking good but Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and NW Ontario need the Supercharger love!

    In my estimation you’d want to account for worst case 30% range penalty on -40C days so let’s use the Model 3 base range of 346 km (215 miles)
    -40C full range = 346 km x 0.7 = 242.2 km (150.5 miles.

    Now let’s assume we want to try to target mostly the first 80% of range for Supercharging (fastest speeds whereas 80-100% takes nearly as long as first 80%).

    80% of -40C Model 3 range = 242.2 km x 0.8 = 193.8 km (120.4 miles).

    As Michael pointed out Winnipeg has been promised since end of 2016 and is on the only Supercharger on the current roadmap. Let’s use Winnipeg to divide the Calgary,AB to Parry Sound,ON Central Canadian gap.

    1327 km between Calgary and Winnipeg.
    Let’s say you charged 193.8 km at each Supercharger that would be 6.8 Supercharging sessions and realistically you start your journey with a full or nearly full pack overnight so take off one session for about 6 Superchargers for this journey.

    Then Winnipeg to Parry Sound is 1840 km or 9.5 Supercharging sessions. Starting with a full battery at either end means about 9 stops in worst case scenario.

    I estimate they need only 15 Superchargers for the Central Canadian corridor to start and then later can add more redundancy for safety and as Tesla ownership booms with the Model 3 to of course help with crowding.

    Note to the editor, while few probably do the journey coast to coast routinely the TransCananada is the backbone of roadtrips in Canada so many will do 1 day or multi day drives to the coast or a few provinces over so when they build it, they will come!

    Can’t recall how many ski trips we have driven from Winnipeg to AB and BC for (1500 km+ (932 miles+ each way) and even Winnipeg to Quebec City 2500km+ (1553 miles+) each way!

    1. Much Ski says:

      Quick correction: the 9 Superchargers is to plug into the Parry Sound down to Toronto route. Currently the most Eastern point on the Eastern Canada Transcanada route is Montreal and while they Plan Sudbury, North Bay, and Montreal in 2017 let’s do the math for Winnipeg to Montreal as 2266 km which would be 11.7 charges of 193.8 km (min winter Model 3 range to 80%) so effectively starting out with a full battery approx 11 Supercharger sites to link Winnipeg and Montreal and of course the previously mentioned 6 minimum from Calgary to Winnipeg.

      Therefore approx 17 Superchargers to finish up the Calgary to Montreal Corridor if you stick to the TransCanada and don’t follow the longer corridor from Parry Sound to Montreal that is in place now.

      Would be thrilled to see even some of these gaps filled in time for the Model 3 launch and have Sun Country Highway sites as backup for the longer stretches!