Tesla’s charging stations are turning into convenience stops, say CTO JB Straubel

Tesla’s charging stations are turning into convenience stops, say CTO JB Straubel 1024 512 C-Suite Network

Tesla’s Supercharger network is evolving quickly. Not only did Tesla recently launch their new “urban” Superchargers, but they are also working on their new type of larger Supercharger station with 40+ connectors, lounges, and restaurants.

Co-founder and CTO JB Straubel went to the Foodservice Technology Conference Trade Show (FSTEC) this week to discuss this evolution.

What is Tesla’s Chief Technology Officer doing at a food service conference you ask?

FSTEC wrote in the description of Straubel’s session at the conference:

“What can the world’s foremost expert in battery technology and energy storage share with restaurant IT experts? Learn about innovation from the ground floor, challenging mainstream processes, creating advances and solutions based on platforms from seemingly unrelated industries, and how your customers will relate to technology in the not-so-distant future.”

Straubel is often seen at conferences about energy, but this one is a first. It started to make more sense when he talked about Tesla’s Supercharger stations.

“People are coming and spending 20 to 30 minutes at these stops. They want to eat, they want to have a cup of coffee, they want to use the bathroom.”

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