This year, the electric car making giant – Tesla – is planning to roll out more electric supercharging stations, especially in big cities. This would double the size of the network of Tesla Motors but even with more places to charge your Tesla electric car, it might still take far longer to refill an EV than gassing up a fossil fuel-powered car. Probably this is the reason why Tesla is planning to bring some changes to its charging stations.
Tesla has already started working with restaurants: Tesla CTO
The U.S.-based car making company is considering adding small convenience stores to the supercharging stations so that their customers can relax and refuel themselves while they wait for their EV to fully charge. JB Straubel, the CTO of Tesla Motors, noted during FSTEC, the food tech conference, earlier this week that consumers are already spending time waiting for their cars to charge so why not should they (Tesla) make their stay a little more comfortable?, according to a report by Grub Street.
He further said, “People are coming and spending 20 to 30 minutes at these stops, waiting for their Teslas to suck up electric power.” Straubel said at the conference that the customers want to “eat, they want to have a cup of coffee, they want to use the bathroom.” This will all be possible through a convenience store.
As per reports, Straubel showed the audience mock-ups of service stop designs that had started to resemble conventional convenience stores. Rest assured because you would not be seeing the electric car making giant taking on the said business itself. It would rather seek partners to run them. In the same food conference, Straubel noted that the U.S.-based automaker has already been working with restaurants, and “that can only start scaling up.”
China could be the largest market for Tesla in the future
In another report, news site Business Insider noted that “China could be on the verge of a huge change in how it manages its auto industry – and Tesla could be one of the biggest beneficiaries.” The country may soon let foreign automakers to set up their own non-JV factories to make more electric vehicles.
For the automaker, this decrease would be great for two reasons:
1 – A huge auto market in China, more than the United States
2 – The China-based government is pressing to get many more EVs on the road
The car market of China is already larger than the United States and is projected by some optimistic analysts to more than double annual North American sales in the future. America’s market tops out at around 17 million in new vehicle sales per year while China could go over 40 million in new vehicle sales yearly.