Elon Musk's dream of building a 1950s Tesla Supercharger station with rockabilly music and skates is closer to becoming reality after The Drive noticed a permit presented in the city of Santa Monica for a "Tesla restaurant and station" overfeeding. "
A spokesperson for Tesla did not confirm whether a "drive-in, skating and old-school rock restaurant" was really the plan for this particular place, but it allowed it to be possible. (Tesla's public relations department spends a great deal of time struggling to explain his boss's enigmatic tweets.)
I'm going to put an old drive-in school, skates and rock restaurant in one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2018
Tesla is always looking for new, convenient and reliable locations for its Supercharger stations, the spokesperson said. Does that include neon signs, poodle skirts, and teenagers sharing shake drinks while waiting for their parents' Model S to finish loading? Only Elon knows.
Tesla recently hinted that he was interested in building larger and more elaborate cargo stations with retail stores and convenience stores. Think of them as Tesla thematic service stations without gas. One of those stations, the largest in the US UU., Just opened in Kettleman City, a small town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The new station includes a full service cafeteria, vending machines and a large amount of advertising for Tesla products, such as Powerwall household batteries and solar tiles.
Electric cars can take a long time to load, which helps explain why Tesla is so involved in building glorified waiting rooms at its Supercharger stations for its customers. Recently, the New York Times referred to it as "cargo time trauma", identifying it as an obstacle to the massive adoption of electric vehicles among consumers more accustomed to fast filling at a service station. Battery experts claim that charging times will eventually be reduced to around 10 minutes, but not for a decade or more.
The location of Tesla's planned 1950 station, 1401 Santa Monica Blvd., is currently a Volvo dealership. Interestingly, the location is about 14 blocks from another planned Supercharger station, at the corner of the Santa Monica and Lincoln boulevards. In his map of current and future stations, Tesla indicates that the station will open at the end of 2018. Therefore, it is possible that anyone with a dislike of the theme restaurants could charge at a less kitsch Supercharger station The way.