With the latest expansion of the Supercharger network, Tesla is starting to finally build its long-awaited Trans-Canada Supercharger route to enable coast-to-coast travel in the great white north.
Tesla’s Supercharger network in Canada has been limited to enable travel between a few large metropolitan areas.
Unlike in the US, Canadian Tesla owners couldn’t solely rely on Tesla’s own fast-charging network to go across the country.
It’s something that Canadian Tesla owners have been asking for a long time and Tesla has been promising it in the last few expansion maps that it released over the last two years.
Now it’s finally coming as Tesla obtained several new permits for new Supercharger stations in a large underserved part of the Trans-Canada Highway.
In the last month, Tesla filed for 6 new permits in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, according to Supercharge.info:
Trans-Canada Highway is a transcontinental federal-provincial highway system that travels through all ten provinces of Canada from the Pacific Ocean on the west to the Atlantic on the east.
There’s a large part of it that goes through a region with very low population density in Northern Ontario and Manitoba.
It makes it hard to justify putting charging stations in the region.
Last year, the government financed a new network of DC fast-charging stations to cover the Trans-Canada Highway in the currently underserved region between Ontario and Manitoba.
Now it looks like Tesla is also going to be serving the region as it filed for 3 new permits in Northern Ontario in the last few days and several more along the Trans-Canada Highway over the last month.
With a few more locations yet to be finalized, it looks like Tesla owners could relatively soon be able to use the Supercharger network to travel from Vancouver to Halifax and back.
But some of the stations with permits have been stuck in the permit phase for months so I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Nonetheless, it’s nice to see some progress for the Supercharger network in Canada.