Tesla Supercharging Network In Canada Goes Live In 6 To 8 Weeks – Musk

MAY 2 2014 BY JAY COLE 12

For Canada "Coming Soon" Means 6 To 8 Weeks!

For Canada “Coming Soon” Means 6 To 8 Weeks!

It’s the news that Canadians have been waiting to hear for a long time; at least those who own a Tesla Model S!

A year and a half after the first Tesla Model S sedan was sold into Canada, and a further 850-odd since, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that the Supercharging Network north of the 49th parallel will be active in just 6 to 8 weeks.

Method to deliver this news?  Bloomberg News Twitterof course!

Tesla CEO Gets The Word Out On Canadian Supercharging Network Status

Tesla CEO Gets The Word Out On Canadian Supercharging Network Status

Originally, the Supercharging network in Canada was expected to open in the 2nd half of 2013.

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“the Supercharging Network north of the 49th parallel”

Ironically, only 1 of the 5 is north of the 49th parallel 😉

Connecting Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal will be great not only for eastern Canadians, but also for Northeasterners who like to venture north on occasion.

Try to drive from Philadelphia to Toronto 🙂

The “coming soon” map also completes the I85 route through the Carolinas which is commerce alley. It want be used for cross country travel, which really is not the purpose of the SC network anyway. It will connect Atlanta Ga, Greenville SC, Spartanburg SC, Charlotte NC, Greensboro NC, Richmond Va which is absolutely huge.

Great news for some… but sounds like it’ll be a while before the TransCanada highway is covered every 200 miles… Canada is a giant country with the population of California. Could be rather expensive.

Yes but…something like 80% of the population lives within 100 miles of the US border. It might not be as bad as you’d imagine to cover 80-90% of the population.

This is good in that it’s along a route I have driven on several times before. It would also be a great benefit to drive this route again sometime in the future in a Tesla.

As for this route there is some really bad smog along some of this area do to it all being one mega city.

For the thinly populated Trans Canada, the super charging stations can be set up for 4 or more and just install a couple in the start, until traffic on them builds up. That still makes the connection for early adopters (before the model E), and gets the word out, too. Just like small town gas stations don’t have a dozen pumps, same idea here.

The HV transformer sizing has to sized and wired for future expansion in the beginning. The overall cost of an SC is more than just a certain number of chargers. The base pad for the super charger units and wiring dug for each plug needs to be considered. Doing a larger site at first is far cheaper overall than doing a smaller site, then expanding it later.

What I would like to see is dozens of two-head sites out there rather than individual larger sites. A scattering is worth more in the long run.

What I can’t understand, is why Tesla is wasting millions of dollars in this super charger nonsense, when generic fast chargers are becoming more and more common. Tesla will never have enough volume to justify all these expenses. And then, it’s not one time setup cost. There surely will be some on-going maintenance costs.
They are wasting huge sums, all while sitting on the verge of bankruptcy and raising more money through bond sales. They should just go with the Chademo DC fast option for these sparsely populated areas. Giving away the Chademo adapter for free for these Tesla owners seems more sensible.

I just noticed there’s an “Asia” tab on Tesla’s SC map.

Well here we are exactly 8 weeks later and no sign whatsoever of any SC in Canada even under construction.
Personally, I don’t think we will ever see them here period!

Tesla’s priorities are in China, UK and Norway.
We mean nothing to them even though our Toronto store at Yorkdale is the busiest by volume in the world as far as Tesla sales go!

I do agree.Canada being the neigbouring country, priority is shifted to far off counties although Torontonian having craze for this vehicle as indicated by the sales volume. On my persoanal level, I have been a spokes person at project site in Alberta although I live in GTA area. I purchased my Tesla during June 2014 with a hope to travel to USA asap to explore the driving experience with Tesla by driving a long range.However, I drove NC, Chappel Hill from Brampton, ON by haulting over night in the Niagra Hotel during my forward and return journey for the purpose of charging only.I spent around $600/- towards fooding and lodging.If I would have driven a gas vehicle then my gas bill would have been less.It would be excellent if a Supercharger is installed some where around Niagra Fall at the earliest. Ofcourse one at the 401E/W or 403E/W