Tesla Supercharger Approved in Osoyoos; Construction Begins in Maple Creek and McKerrow
Time for another Tesla Supercharger update—the latest news is the Town of Osoyoos in British Columbia has approved the electric carmaker’s plans to install a new charging station.
According to Castanet, the town has approved Tesla’s plans to install a Supercharger with 8 stalls, while also 8 other universal electric charging stations on the other side of town, all paid for by the company.
Osoyoos is located at the intersection of Highways 3 and 97 and the new Tesla Supercharger will allow electric vehicle owners to travel further across the province.
Senior planner Don McArthur said Tesla approached the town with their offer of installing 16 electric charging stations at no cost.
“The universal charging stations will have a similar charge time as the existing universal chargers at Gyro Park (2-6 hours),” McArthur said. “All construction and maintenance costs associated with the project will be paid by Tesla,” he added.
The Tesla Supercharger will be located in the town’s parking lot on 74th and 85th Street, with four spots reserved for Tesla owners, while four others for non-Tesla vehicles. The other downtown location has yet to be determined but it could end up at the new parking lot of the Osoyoos museum.
Councillor C.J. Rhodes said, “It’s a valuable piece of property, it’s in our downtown area, and the intended use of the property has never been brought to fruition,” referring to the lot on 74th Avenue.
Mayor Sue McKortoff praised the Tesla plan, saying, “In order to try and increase tourist use along Highway 3 rather than having everybody speed up Highway 1, one of the things that’s been a big push from our group is to have electric vehicle stations so that people can meander through and know that they can charge their car as they go.”
Another electric charging station from Fortis BC is being planned at the Petro Canada on Osoyoos Indian Band Land.
With the Tesla Supercharging station approved, the company will begin a site survey this month and begin construction later this summer.
Tesla Supercharger Begins Construction in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
More Tesla Superchargers are coming to Saskatchewan, according to members of the Tesla Motors Club.
User @lloydbrokeit “found a new Supercharger under construction at the Coop gas station in Maple Creek. 1 MW transformer was being installed on site as of last week.” The Pioneer Co-Op is located at 14 Pacific Avenue, just off SK-21, which connects to the Trans Canada Highway.
Back in June, the first Tesla Supercharger station in Saskatchewan began construction in Moose Jaw. Tesla has 7 Superchargers planned for the province, with others noted as “coming soon” in Chaplin, Moosomin, Regina, Swift Current and Wolsely.
Tesla Supercharger Begins Construction in McKerrow, Ontario
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Another Tesla Supercharger has started construction in McKerrow, Ontario, located at 331 Highway 17 behind the Tim Hortons by the Esso. This location is along the Trans Canada Highway and is north of Espanola. According to information from an electrician doing the install, the Supercharger station is pegged to open by the end of the summer.
Tesla announced nearly two years ago of its plans to expand Superchargers across Canada, to allow Canadians and other owners to drive coast-to-coast on the Trans Canada Highway.