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Tesla has installed a supercharger in Squamish, B.C., enabling drivers of its Model S to travel “for free” along its powered West Coast route.

The company’s “supercharger corridor” includes a network of stations along U.S. Highway 101, Interstate 5 and now the Sea-to-Sky Highway, enabling travel from San Diego to Whistler, B.C.

The company says the all-electric Model S needs a 20- to 30-minute charge to travel another three hours. The supercharger is reportedly capable of charging the Model S 20 times faster than a typical public station, delivering up to 120 kW direct current.

The newest supercharger, located in the Garibaldi shopping centre, is the first to be installed in Canada, with more to come. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday with dozens of Model S owners and their cars expected to attend.

Free is a relative term, of course. As Globe and Mail national correspondent David Ebner wrote in his top-notch review in May, a loaded Model S sells in Canada for pennies under $125,000. Plus taxes.

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