Tesla and Ruby Tuesday, a popular chain of restaurants in the US, announced a partnership to open a series of new Supercharger Stations at its locations along important routes across the US. The news comes just a few days after Tesla acknowledged being in talks with gas station and restaurant chains about expanding its network of fast-charging stations.
Earlier this month, Tesla already opened a Supercharger in the parking lot of the Ruby Tuesday location in Miner, Missouri (pictured above), but now they are announcing “a series of Tesla Supercharger stations” for their restaurants.
David Skena, chief marketing officer of Ruby Tuesday, said in a statement today:
“We’re thrilled to partner with Tesla Motors to offer our guests a place where they can charge their Tesla vehicle while enjoying a delicious meal. Expanding the Supercharger network to include Ruby Tuesday is good for both Tesla owners and our restaurants alike. We look forward to deepening our relationship with Tesla and opening additional Supercharger Stations in Ruby Tuesday markets around the country in the near future.”
Ruby Tuesday has 729 restaurants across its markets though the company didn’t specify how many will get Supercharger stations.
Tesla Superchargers can provide up to 120 kilowatts of power and charge a Model S or X with up to 170 miles of range in about 30 minutes. That 30 minute is extremely valuable customer attention for businesses around the chargers, Ruby Tuesday in this case, where Tesla owners will be able to stop for a bite to eat. It’s so valuable, that some businesses are now contributing to the energy costs associated with the Superchargers at some locations. It’s not clear if this is the case here with the restaurant chain.
The automaker announced plans to double its Supercharger network within the next two years in order to support its expanding fleet of vehicles. Currently, the company operates over 650 Suerpcharger stations with around 4,000 Supercharger stalls around the world.
Featured image: Tesla Supercharger in the parking lot of the Ruby Tuesday in Miner, Missouri via Majerus on TMC