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Tesla Considers Building Convenience Stores Around Charging Stations

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Tesla is planing to build full-service convenience stores at its charging stations, reports said, citing Tesla CTO JB Straubel.

Earlier this week at the food tech conference FSTEC, Straubel mentioned the company's early plans to build some locations into rest stops to make customers' waiting more comfortable while they charge cars.

Tesla's electric vehicles takes far longer to refill than gassing up a fossil fuel-powered car.

Straubel noted that long-distance Tesla drivers typically spend 20 or 30 minutes at roadside Superchargers, to add about 170 miles worth of battery power.

"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," he said.

As per reports, Straubel at the conference showed the mock-ups of service stop designs.

Tesla is not likely to get into the business itself, but would seek partners to run the stores. The company has already been working with restaurants, reports said.

The company plans to bring out more electric supercharging stations this year, especially in major cities. The move is expected to double the size of its network.

by RTT Staff Writer

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