07/17/2014 11:26 EDT | Updated 09/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Tesla Motors opens charging station on B.C.'s Sea-to-Sky Highway

Tesla Motors is opening its first Canadian Supercharger station today in Squamish, along B.C.'s Sea-to-Sky Highway linking Whistler to Vancouver.

The California-based maker of the Model S electric car said the charging station is just the first of several it plans to open soon in B.C.

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Superchargers, which are designed to enable highway travel between cities, take 20 to 30 minutes for half a recharge of the Model S.

In a statement, Telsa Motors said the Squamish 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."

Tesla Motors said the Model S has an EPA-certified range of 425 kilometres.

The closest charging station is in Seattle, Wash., which allowed for supercharged-travel to and from Vancouver but not far beyond — until today.

Google Maps: Squamish Tesla Supercharger