While not everything Elon Musk promises comes true (still waiting to see if he actually launches his midnight cherry red Tesla Roadster to Mars), his ideas certainly do spark and inspire the imagination. In this case, Musk just sent out a tweet suggesting that he is going to build a restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in the Los Angeles area near the 405 freeway.
But, we're talking Elon Musk here, and not just any old restaurant will do.
Said Musk in his tweet, it's going to be "an old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant." If you're old enough to remember the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti, then you'll know exactly what he's talking about -- a restaurant (like Mels Drive-In in the film) where you park your car, order your food (usually burgers, fries, and a shake), and then a server wearing roller skates (known as a carhop) delivers the food to your car.
Gonna put an old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA-- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2018
Sounds like fun.
But, again, this is Elon Musk, and even a drive-in restaurant with carhops and rock music isn't enough.
In response to a couple of replies to his original tweet, he said that there would be an outdoor movie screen "that plays a highlight reel of the best scenes in movie history," and that Tesla owners would be able to order food using their onboard touch screen by having a "menu pop up as soon as you put the car into park."
If any other car manufacturer has proposed anything remotely like this, then that's news to me. And eating some food in a fun setting while recharging your electric car sure beats sitting around twiddling your thumbs for the hour or so it takes for a full charge.
I'm personally looking forward to seeing if this is one promise that Elon Musk follows through on.