Tesla is getting into the food industry.
Last January, Elon Musk tweeted about how he’d like to make his Supercharger stations into a sort of ‘50s drive-in diner. “Gonna put an old-school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA,” wrote the billionaire business mogul.
Gonna put an old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2018
It seemed like a joke at the time, but the last time Musk joked about something on Twitter he sent a Tesla Roadster into solar orbit on the back of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. Before that, he joked that building and selling flamethrowers would be pretty funny, and then he did it. At this point, not a single thing the man says on Twitter should be construed as a joke.
Case in point, recent documents uncovered by Electrek.co show that Tesla has applied for a pre-building permit for a "Tesla restaurant and supercharger station."
The building permit is located in the beautiful seaside city of Santa Monica, California, and located at 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard. The site is currently a used car lot for Volvo, so one can only assume that Tesla plans to buy that property from the current proprietor and then begin construction.
Musk has thus far been pretty gung-ho about his plans for Supercharger stations. The station located in Kettleman City, just south of Fresno California, has a coffee shop and lounge, as well as available parking for food trucks. Musk has even said that any Supercharger restaurant/diner could integrate with Tesla’s dashboard touchscreen to make ordering food even easier.
Just to drive the point home, Tesla Co-founder and CTO JB Straubel went to the Foodservice Technology Conference Trade Show to pitch the idea of Supercharger stations as convenience stores. With 1,130 Supercharger stations with 8,496 supercharger ports at locations across Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, it’s a golden opportunity for fast food.
7/11 had better watch out.