Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) opened its first-supercharging station in Canada today, July 17.

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The supercharging station is located at Ganbaldi Village Shopping Center at Squamish, British Columbia along the Sea-to-Sky Highway that links Whistler to Vancouver.

According to Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), the supercharging station is Squamish is just one of the several stations it is planning to open in British Columbia.

Important part of Tesla West Coast route

In a statement, the electric car manufacturer said, the Squamish supercharging station is “an integral component of Tesla’s West Coast route, allowing Model S owners to travel between San Diego, California and Whistler, B.C. for free.”

Owners of Model S vehicles who want to travel to Canada previously cannot drive their cars beyond Vancouver because the closest supercharging station is in Seattle, Washington.

Today, Model S drivers will now be able to drive farther than Vancouver with the availability of the supercharging station in Squamish, B.C. According to Tesla Motors Inc
(NASDAQ:TSLA), the Model S vehicle with 85-kWH battery can travel 425 kilometers without recharging as certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) designed its supercharging stations to allow Model S drivers to travel between cities. According to the electric car manufacturer, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes for a driver to half-recharge the battery of the Model S.

Tesla supercharging station milestone

Last week, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced that its supercharger network reached a charging milestone of 1 GWh or energy for the Model S vehicles in a single month in June.

According to the electric car manufacturer, the milestone represents a total of 3.7 million mile driven, 168,000 gallons of gas saved and 4.2 million pounds of reduced carbon dioxide.

“That’s like driving to the moon and back seven and a half times, and nixing a day’s worth of CO2 from 73,684 Americans,” according to Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) in a blog post. The electric car manufactures that its supercharger network is the fastest-growing and the largest fast-charging network worldwide.

Tesla gigafactory update

Yesterday, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) indicated that it is now considering California as a potential site for its proposed $5 billion gigafactory. The lawmakers in the state are proposing regulatory changes that would allow the electric manufacturer to accelerate construction and reduce costs.

According to Tesla spokesperson Simon Sproule, “California has set into play various legislative proposals and actions that have enabled it to come back into consideration.”

Sproule added, “Discussions have taken place between us and various representatives of the state and the overtures they are making and conditions they are proposing place them in a better position for consideration.”