Tesla Begins Construction of Its Epic Hollywood Diner and Drive-In Supercharger

By Kevin Armstrong
Tesla has begun construction of its diner and drive-in Supercharger combo
Tesla has begun construction of its diner and drive-in Supercharger combo
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Tesla's innovative Supercharger site, which promises to fuse a diner and drive-in movie theater into the charging experience, is swiftly moving from vision to reality in Hollywood. Images posted by @HowardModels/X show vertical construction and groundwork signaling the initial phases of a unique Tesla ecosystem.

Innovative Amalgamation: Fusing Retro Flair with Futuristic Charging

Imagine pulling up to charge your Tesla, and instead of scrolling through your phone, you are whisked away into a cinematic experience reminiscent of 1950s Americana but powered by cutting-edge technology. This isn't just a trip down memory lane; it's a leap into a new paradigm where sustainability meets showbiz.

Located at the coveted 7001 W. Santa Monica Boulevard address, this site is not just another pin on the map of Tesla's extensive Supercharger network. It's set to become a cultural fixture offering a throwback diner experience and modern-day drive-in theater. The two-story restaurant will cater to 218 diners, with the added allure of a rooftop seating area where patrons can take in movies on towering LED screens, blending nostalgia with Tesla's high-tech brand.

What began as Elon Musk's ambitious idea in 2018 is now rapidly taking shape. The planned facilities, open 24/7, will offer Tesla drivers and the public a place to recharge in more ways than one. With 32 Supercharger stalls and constant short video broadcasts, Tesla is setting the stage for what could become the most memorable charging stop yet.

Entertainment Charging: A Destination in Itself

Tesla has begun construction of its diner and drive-in Supercharger combo
Tesla has begun construction of its diner and drive-in Supercharger combo
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This Supercharger station is designed to be more than a mere waypoint. It is a token of Tesla's mission to enhance the EV ownership experience by offering drivers a place to relax and engage in an era when time spent at charging stations is an expected part of the journey. The site not only promises efficiency but also a refreshing entertainment twist to the otherwise mundane waiting times.

As the construction of this pioneering project continues, it encapsulates the spirit of Tesla's commitment to innovation. This isn't just about expanding infrastructure; it's about reimagining the future of EV charging stations. With every steel beam erected and every concrete slab poured Tesla is crafting a landmark that marries leisure with the lure of sustainable technology.

The Hollywood Supercharger is poised to redefine the norms of electric vehicle charging, making it an exciting and enjoyable pit stop that might become a social and cultural hub for Tesla enthusiasts and movie-goers alike.

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
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Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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