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Thanks to One Tweet Newfoundland & Labrador Will be Added to the Tesla Electric Vehicle Charging Network

May 28, 2018 | Written By: Matt Rumboldt

This all started as two Newfoundland and Labradorians were given the opportunity to intern with Elon Musk, CEO of the companies Tesla and SpaceX. They made such good impressions during this time, that Elon Musk personally hired them to come work for his company, Tesla.

Mark Comeau and Matthew Lane studied engineering at the College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s respectively, and landed work placements at Tesla, which makes electric vehicles, battery packs and solar panels.

During the internship, Lane and Comeau saw a problem with the gating system on one of the production ramps at Gigafactory 1 (located in Nevada) and thought they might be able to do something about it.

The Tesla Gigafactory is shown under construction outside Reno, Nevada May 9, 2015.

After they successfully solved their new problem, Musk personally approached the two students and offered them a job as professional problem solvers, helping to overcome issues at the factory.

This is a pretty incredible story in itself and was necessary for some backstory on the next developments.

Last week, Elon Musk took to twitter to announce an updated map of planned supercharger locations, across North America, Europe and China. Mark Comeau, the now hired graduate within Tesla and having lived in St. John’s, noticed a significantly large gap in Eastern Canada and took to twitter to point it out to Tesla’s CEO (and his boss now, I guess!).

Elon Musk responded by noting that Newfoundland and Labrador would be added to their construction plan. Tesla has updated its trans-Canadian route, but it still couldn’t make it to the province. Now, that problem will be fixed thanks to one tweet (albeit from a very successful person, now employed under Elon Musk)

Check out the tweets below!

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