Tesla Wants Drivers To Enjoy Dinner and a Movie While Charging Their Electric Cars

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is an editorial intern for dot.la. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

Tesla Wants Drivers To Enjoy Dinner and a Movie While Charging Their Electric Cars
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Angelenos could soon enjoy dinner and a movie to go along with a fully-charged Tesla.

As reported by Electrek, the Elon Musk-led electric automaker has filed plans with the city of Los Angeles for a new charging station at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Orange Drive in Hollywood. But the facility, complete with 34 charging stalls, is no ordinary EV charging station: Tesla also wants to build a diner and dine-in movie theater that will allow drivers to enjoy a meal and 30-minute short features while their vehicles charge.


The proposed two-story location will feature two movie screens visible from both the parking lot and a rooftop outdoor seating area. Inside, the bottom floor will house the kitchen, bar and dining area. The second-story rooftop area, which will also have a bar and table seating, will incorporate theater-style seating, as well. Visitors waiting in their cars can also experience a Sonic-style carhop service that will bring their food out to them, according to the plans.

Musk first floated the idea of a drive-in restaurant charging station in 2018; Tesla initially planned to open the location in Santa Monica, but local regulations prompted the company to relocate its designs to Hollywood, according to Electrek. In February, Musk tweeted that the facility would accept the crypto meme-coin Dogecoin, which he is a prominent backer of, as payment.

Los Angeles is already home to an enviable number of EV charging stations, with California at large representing more than 40% of all electric vehicles in the entire U.S. With the state hoping to only further grow EV adoption, charging stations are popping up with even more regularity—with the Kia Forum in Inglewood installing stations of its own and charging startup ChargeNet aiming to incorporate chargers at fast food restaurants like Taco Bell.

Tesla’s plans come as Musk, the company’s CEO, faces controversy over sexual misconduct allegations and his proposed private takeover of Twitter. Tesla’s own stock has taken a hit amid the Twitter deal.

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Regard Raises $15M for AI-Powered Software That Help Doctors Diagnose Patients

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

Regard Raises $15M for AI-Powered Software That Help Doctors Diagnose Patients
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Culver City-based health care startup Regard, which uses AI-driven software to help physicians accurately diagnose patients, has raised $15.3 million in Series A funding.

Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures and Colorado-based Foundry Group led the investment in Regard, formerly known as HealthTensor. Other investors that participated in the round include TenOneTen Ventures, Susa Ventures, Brook Byers of Byers Capital and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. The new funding will be used to grow Regard’s team and customer base, the company said in a press release.

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This Week in 'Raises': Regard Secures $15M, MaC Venture Capital Raises $203M for Second Fund

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

This Week in 'Raises': Regard Secures $15M, MaC Venture Capital Raises $203M for Second Fund
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This week in “Raises”: A local healthcare startup secured funding to help grow the team and deploy its software to more physicians and hospitals, while Black-led, seed-stage venture capital firm surpassed its goal for its second fund.

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This LA-Based Accelerator Seeks To Foster the Next Generation of Ocean Tech Startups

Keerthi Vedantam

Keerthi Vedantam is a bioscience reporter at dot.LA. She cut her teeth covering everything from cloud computing to 5G in San Francisco and Seattle. Before she covered tech, Keerthi reported on tribal lands and congressional policy in Washington, D.C. Connect with her on Twitter, Clubhouse (@keerthivedantam) or Signal at 408-470-0776.

This LA-Based Accelerator Seeks To Foster the Next Generation of Ocean Tech Startups
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San Pedro-based Braid Theory is one of the growing number of accelerators in the country looking to grow the so-called blue economy, which spans a range of ocean-related industries and is estimated at $2.5 trillion a year.

The accelerator is accepting online applications until July 18, with its second-ever program kicking off in August.

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