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Discussion in 'Model S' started by AZ Desert Driver, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. AZ Desert Driver

    AZ Desert Driver Genesis - The Beginning - MS75D

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    I have been to several Supercharges at odd hours and found zero services available. I was thinking that a mobile food truck could be parked near SC to offer food and porta potty. Then just today I saw a company offering a Bodega - a fancy vending machine. Parking a vending machine at a SC - guaranteeing some service at all hours - could be a business opportunity for some entrepreneur. Me? I'm to lazy to want to do anything again. BTDT. But some other fellow might make a business selling / servicing bodega like vending machines at SC that are located in desolate locations.
     
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  2. Nick B

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    It all depends on how much traffic the place gets I guess...
     
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    #3 BluestarE3, Sep 13, 2017
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    I dunno... calling a vending machine "Bodega" seems the antithesis of that term and almost everything it embodies. :rolleyes:

    That aside, aren't these wood(?) and glass pantry boxes meant to be located indoors in a semi-safe area such as an office, dorm, gym, or building lobby? Not sure how they'll fare out in the open at a desolate Supercharger location that doesn't have some sort of building on site. Also, there's the vandalism/theft issue. Or are there versions of the "Bodega" designed for an outdoor setting?

    I'd rather see food trucks, but there would need to enough through traffic to make them economically viable for the vendors. Maybe when the Model 3 ramps up to hundreds-of-thousands or millions on the road?
     
  4. AZ Desert Driver

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    Agree that the recently announced Apartment Bodega concept is a particular design for a particular market, and not weatherproofed for Tesla locations. Some Tesla locations are in parking lots where the lot owner has a Carls Jr. (or other asset) that might be expecting an increase in business from allowing Tesla to be there. Competing with the site host would be bad form. But there are some sites that are not well served 24//7. I'm thinking Yuma - where there is nothing but a water treatment facility within a 15 min walk. Not even a porta poty, water fountain, park bench, or shade tree. Casa Grande SC has a nice restaurant near, but it does not open until 10:00 am. A night traveler/ morning traveler finds no services- just like Yuma. A reasonably stocked (upscale) machine could prove well received. Even a porta poty concession could be a good venture. yes, vandalism and profitable traffic flow are critical elements in any venture- but not unsolvable.
     
  5. SeminoleFSU

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    A couple vending machines with snacks and drinks isn't a bad idea at all though!
     
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    Coffee shop at the SCs between LA and Vegas would seem like lowest hanging fruit.
     
  7. AZ Desert Driver

    AZ Desert Driver Genesis - The Beginning - MS75D

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    So That is where they hang the fruits?


    [...oh, I'm going to get killed for this tasteless pun] ...
     
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