A recent discussion led to the question “Is it possible to drive an all electric car coast-to-coast across Canada?” It’s an interesting challenge – so let’s see if it’s possible.
The primary route I’ll use, is to follow the number 1 high way starting in Vancouver and ending in Halifax. We’ll go via Calgary, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Quebec.
A 3 leg break down with a grand total of 6,306 km and 66 hours of driving time (on-way) looks like this:
from Vancouver, BC
to Winnipeg, Manitoba
total 2,326 km
from Winnipeg, Manitoba
to Niagara Falls, Ontario
total 2,214 km
from Niagara Falls, Ontario
to Saint John, NB
total 1,739 km
Longest distances between known charging stations:
572km – Regina to Winnipeg
700km – Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie
What we’re looking for in an electric vehicle for this drive:
A Tesla Supercharge takes a Telsa to 80% in 40 mins.
For safety, we never go below 10% charge on the road, so that we leave a buffer for getting around the town to the charging station.
Therefore we’re looking for a vehicle capable of doing each stretch in 75-80% of total charge.
The Tesla Model S with Long Range Battery, is capable of ~540km per charge, for safety that’s a maximum leg range of 432km.
Time required at charging stations.
- 10% to 80% at a 110v “camp site” charge: 4 days
- Fast Charge: 7 hours
- Tesla Supercharge: 40 mins to 80%, round up to 1 hour for that extra boost.
Currently, Supercharge stations only exist from Vancouver to Calgary, and from Sudbury on until Fredericton. More are planned.
Vancouver to Calgary
3 stops @ 40mins per stop
Calgary to Winnipeg
2 stops @ 7hrs per stop
1 stop @ 96 hours (Brandon)
Regina to Winnipeg = 572km
Winnipeg to Niagara Falls
2 Stop @ 7hrs per stop (Dryden, Thunder Bay)
1 Stop @ 96hrs (White River)
2 Stops @ 40mins per stop
Niagara Falls to Halifax
6 stops @ 40mins per stop
11 Stops @ 1 hour
3 stops @ 7 hours
2 stops @ 96 hours
= 224 hours charging time
A quick search on the internet suggests that not even the “Tesla Model S Long Range at 540km” is capable of this feat without at least two “level 1” charges. These level 1 charges are going to take you 4 days, one of which will be in a little town called White River – Ontario (Population ~600).
So for now, until the Thunder bay to Sudbury leg gets resolved – it may be do-able, but it’s not feasible.