so, it seems the supercharger network is largely automated, and largely self-sufficient
and if you think about it, people at the chargers will be there for 30 minutes minimum, right? they're essentially stuck
this is a perfect opportunity for local businesses. a couple of businesses in a local strip mall can pitch some cash together to "buy" a supercharging station located within their parking lot
and anyone that needs to charge up there basically has nothing else to do for 30 minutes "why not check out those shops or get something to eat?"
not to mention it'll get some tesla fans or curious hipster types in the local community tittering.
its not guaranteed business for them, but its a pretty strong incentive...
this would also increase the speed of the network rollout since tesla wouldn't have to pay out of pocket for them all, ideally they wouldnt pay a cent for these franchised locations, only send out the construction crew and some certified techs to put it together.
i mean, think of how fast redbox spread, and most of the reason for that was businesses wanted people to come to THEM to get their redbox movies, and be tempted to buy something as well
this wont be quite as easy for the battery swap service though :3