Tesla Starts Building Huge New Santa Monica Supercharger, But Where’s That 1950s Diner?

Tesla has started building a new, much-needed giant Supercharger station in Santa Monica. The station was also intended to include the automaker’s 1950s restaurant, but it’s not clear now if the diner is still in the plans.

In 2018, Elon Musk said that Tesla was planning to open an “old-school drive-in, roller skate, and rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in Los Angeles.” It was another: “Is he kidding?” Kind of an Elon Musk idea, but apparently he wasn’t kidding.

A few months later, Tesla did indeed apply for building permits for “a restaurant and supercharger station” at a Santa Monica location. Since then, however, the project has apparently stalled due to local regulations.

Despite this, Tesla has continued to operate with a Supercharger at the site, as this part of Los Angeles really needs more Supercharger stations.

Last year we reported on blueprints showing that Tesla is planning a large 62-slot Supercharger V3 station at the site. When the project was approved in April 2021, Musk said again that Tesla still had a goal of building a 1950s diner at the site.

Now, almost a year later, a local Electrek reader spotted that construction was beginning at the site:

The reader noted that construction is progressing rapidly. The place was just a dirt lot a few weeks ago. The company has already poured concrete and installed some Supercharger booths.

Now the question is, are the diner and outdoor cinema screen still in the pipeline, as Musk said last year?

The blueprints submitted to the city haven’t been updated with anything that might indicate a diner, but there are a few other constructions on the site, including solar canopies and a small building.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the project to see if anything else comes out of it.

The main goal, however, is to provide Santa Monica and the surrounding neighborhoods with much-needed fast charging.

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