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Tesla owners can drive from Mexico to Canada (for free)

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A corridor of Tesla Supercharger DC fast-charging stations along Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101 is complete, allowing owners of the company's luxury all-electric sedan to drive from San Diego, Calif. to Vancouver, Canada for free.

More than 99 percent of Californians and 87 percent of Oregon and Washington owners now live within 200 miles of a supercharger.

Tesla’s 120 kilowatt superchargers, which only work with the Tesla Model S, provide half a charge in about 20 minutes. The chargers work by delivering direct current power to the battery using special cables that bypass onboard charging equipment. And using them is free for all Tesla Model S owners.

To commemorate the completed West Coast Supercharger Corridor, two Model S sedans left San Diego for a 1,750-mile #DriveFree road trip to Vancouver.

There are 31 stations in North America with plans to expand to most metropolitan areas this fall. By winter 2013, enough Tesla superchargers will be installed to enable coast-to-coast U.S. travel. Tesla plans to to have superchargers within reach of 80 percent of the U.S. population and parts of Canada by 2014 (see graphic below).

Tesla is building a similar network in Europe. About 90 percent of people in Norway now live within 200 miles of one of its six “supercharger” stations.

The electric car maker plans to open superchargers along a corridor from the Netherlands to Munich, Germany by the end of 2013. By the end of 2014, Tesla superchargers will be installed along major travel corridors throughout Belgium, France, Austria, Italy, Spain and the UK.

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— By on October 30, 2013, 4:22 AM PST

Kirsten Korosec

Contributing Editor

Kirsten Korosec has written for Technology Review, Marketing News, The Hill, BNET and Bloomberg News. She holds a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure