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Tesla eyes Santa Monica as site for its Supercharger restaurant

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A building permit for a Tesla Supercharger station with a restaurant has emerged online, providing details on what could be the first of Elon Musk’s previously-teased “old-school, drive-in, roller skates & rock”-themed facilities for the Los Angeles area.

The permit first made its appearance on the Tesla Motors Club forums, where member @WalterB shared a screenshot of the listing from the Santa Monica website. As could be seen in the building permit, the address of the Supercharger restaurant is listed at 1401 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404. The details of the project that the Elon Musk-led firm provided in the permit were very brief, with the project description only stating that the site would be a “Tesla restaurant and supercharger station.”

Also notable in Tesla’s building permit is the mention of a solar photovoltaic/thermal system, which would likely be installed on the site. This echoes some of the amenities featured in Tesla’s massive 40-stall Supercharger in Kettleman City, CA. Just like the facility mentioned in the recently-discovered permit, the Kettleman City Supercharger boasts a solar array and refreshment facilities for drivers. The new permit explicitly mentions a restaurant, however — something that the Kettleman City Supercharger does not have.

A screenshot of the permit for Tesla’s Supercharger restaurant in Santa Monica, CA. [Screenshot from]

Considering the amenities mentioned in the Santa Monica permit, several members of the Tesla forum community are speculating if the site would be the first of what Elon Musk referred to as Superchargers with “old-school, drive-in” restaurants, complete with an outdoor movie screen. Musk’s tweet, which was posted back in January, mentioned several details about the concept, including a Rock-themed diner and staff in roller skates.

Further discussing the concept, Musk also teased some unique tricks for the facilities, such as a “pop-up” digital menu for Tesla drivers that can be accessed as soon as they shift their vehicles on Park in the Supercharger drive-in.



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