Friday, June 04, 2021

Elon Musk May Be Getting into the Restaurant Industry

The person behind a company that produces electric vehicles appears to be eyeing the restaurant industry for one of his next ventures.

According to an article from TechCrunch, Elon Musk has filed trademarks covering "restaurant services, pop-up restaurant services, self-service restaurant services, take-out restaurant services," which seems to indicate that the CEO of Tesla could be planning to set up restaurants that could also theoretically double as EV charging stations while customers dine inside. Details are few as of now, but Musk did hint at this concept a few years ago in a tweet in which he said, "Gonna put an old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA."

A couple of barriers to purchasing electric cars have been the vehicle range and the time it takes to charge them, though both of these continue to improve, with U.S. News now showing some cars having a range of more than 250 miles while Kelley Blue Book mentions that a few cars are currently able to charge at a rate of approximately 12 to 15 miles per minute.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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