First, let me explain that I neither own nor plan to own a Tesla in this lifetime.
However, I have always been fascinated by Tesla culture and how owners of such vehicles take their Tesla experience so seriously. Charging stations — their version of the gas station — are popping up everywhere, and some are so insanely bizarre they deserve media attention.
In August, Jalopnik contributor Steve DaSilva wrote a hilarious account of a new “Supercharger” station in Hilden, Germany. In addition to seemingly endless connections for charging stations, the facility has what they call a Tesla “super pool,” which DaSilva hilariously described as something resembling “a wet dumpster.”
His description of the so-called super pool is spot on. And let’s be honest: If anything, it’s great strange. I’ve never wanted to quickly jump into a pool while filling up my truck at the local gas station.
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“The company calls it a swimming pool, and I call that generous,” DaSilva wrote.
“But that’s not a pool. Check out those fluted sides, the ridge around the base. Look at the brackets on the bottom. This is a dumpster that someone cut in half and threw a hose in. Apparently it’s designed for four occupants, assuming there are four people who fit the cross-section of ‘wealthy enough to own a Tesla’ and ‘like sitting in wet dumpsters’.”
DaSilva struggled with the pool, as it really resembles a large roll-off dumpster — the kind that a person rents for a few days for a spring cleaning or construction project.
Would you swim in this “pool”?
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No: 100% (24 votes)
The narrator stated in his video presentation that Tesla is officially responsible for installing the pool, noting that it can accommodate up to four people at a time. He added that the pool is powered by the facility’s solar panels, suggesting the pool, or as DaSilva calls the “wet dumpster,” is also heated.
“If you want to attract customers, you also need a superpool,” the video’s narrator added, as if gas stations missed a groundbreaking marketing ploy to attract more customers.
You may be wondering (but probably not) how to access the Super Pool. According to the narrator, “All you have to do is come here, show your Tesla that you’re actually charging, and then you can use the pool.”
In addition, the video announcer explained that the Tesla Super Pool is not exclusively for Tesla owners. He clarified that any electric vehicle brought to the supercharging station is eligible for a dip in the heated dumpster pool.
According to Electrek, Tesla has recently invested heavily in expanding its charging stations around the world to keep customers busy and coming back for more juice. That’s because charging an electric vehicle is a lengthy process compared to the few minutes it takes to fill a gas tank.
Depending on the vehicle and charger type, it seems to take around 10 minutes for an average EV to fully charge at a Supercharger station.
The outlet noted that the Hilden supercharger station is one of the largest of its kind in Germany with “8 superchargers up to 150 kW and 32 superchargers up to 250 kW”.
Aside from the addition of the dumpster-like pool, it houses several restaurants and other amenities to keep customers interested.
Call me old school, but the only thing I care about about gas is getting back on the road as soon as possible. I wish that wasn’t the case, but I just don’t have time to swim while I’m refueling my vehicle.
https://www.westernjournal.com/tesla-wants-sit-wet-dumpster-waiting-car-charge/ Tesla Wants You to Sit in ‘a Wet Dumpster’ While Waiting for Your Car to Charge