Tesla eyeing convenience stores, restaurants for Superchargers
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Tesla's supercharger network could eventually be located alongside continence stores, according to the company's chief technical officer, JB Strubel.
According to Restaurant Business, the Tesla execeutive made the comments at the FSTEC conference in Californa last week.
"People are coming and spending 20 to 30 minutes at these stops," while waiting for their Teslas to recharge said Straubel.
Straubel then went on to show an overhead view of a Tesla supercarger station that appears to feature a convenience store or workshop, alongside a covered row of charging stations - similar in setup to a conventional petrol station.
"They want to eat, they want to have a cup of coffee, they wan to use the bathroom," added Straubel.
"They're starting to look a lot like convenience stops," said Straubel. "It's amazing how quickly these things are evolving.
However, Straubel stressed the fact that Tesla has no interest in expanding its business model to include managing a food service operation. It's more likely Tesla would purse partnerships with existing businesses'.
"We already have been working with restaurants," said Straubel. "That can only start scaling up."
Currently, one of the biggest challenges that face full-electric vehicle owners is the time it takes to recharge, and the distance between charging location. So any supporting facilities would make charge times less of a nuisance for early adopters.
Tesla models are capable of recharging up to 50 per cent in 20 minutes when plunged into a public fast charge station, and around 75 minutes to reach 100 per cent charge.
Currently Tesla have only established one supercharge location in New Zealand.