Tesla usually try to build its Supercharger stations in areas close to local amenities for food, coffee and public toilets, but that can’t always happen. The EV maker has recently launched cube lounges in partnership with bk World in order to hopefully solve the problem of remote charging stations.
The cube lounges have recently arrived at a Supercharger station in Germany. Most of them are automated and provide a wide variety of amenities:
“bk World of course offers bathroom facilities, while a comfortable lounge area invites drivers to linger. But the concept is far more extensive. For instance, it makes extremely efficient use of the small footprint. Various products are dispensed in a fully automated way. The food that drivers can purchase on site is healthy, fresh, and low in sugar. When selecting the product portfolio, the planners deliberately avoided working with large corporations and chose instead to focus on keeping things regional and sustainable. Together with entrepreneur and investor Marcell Jansen, work is even going on to develop an innovative and healthy food portfolio especially for bk World.”
To access the lounge, drivers will need to sign into an app. Once inside, there is access to different types of food, drink, electronics, toilets and even Nintendo Switch. The fully air-conditioned units also have areas to sit down and relax with electrical outlets and private office spaces for those who need to work on the go.
bk World claim to be as sustainable as possible with a heat pump and the materials used to build the lounges. Security has also been thought of, as I am sure that would be a worry for many as they are un-manned. There is an emergency button in the lounges as well as cctv cameras and you have to enter your personal information into the app in order to get in. They will also be well lit at night.
As the lounges are set up of cubes, bk World explains that they are easy to move around and distribute:
bk World is made up of what are known as Qubes – modular, transportable room elements that can be combined in a number of ways to meet a wide variety of space requirements on site. When a charging facility grows, its bk World can grow with it. Qubes can be assembled, disassembled, and relocated in a very short time. This is particularly good news for property owners, but also for charging facility operators. If a lease expires, bk World offers the greatest possible flexibility. The smallest version, with a lounge area and bathroom Qube, takes up around 50 square metres – but there is no upper size limit to bk World. This reduces material waste and makes demolitions a thing of the past. And bk World’s inherent adaptability makes it easier to find suitable locations.
This lucky spot in Germany is the first of the stations to be tried but bk World have said that it already has 300 locations planned to distribute the cube lounges across Europe over the next three years:
The bk World in Endsee is now open and ready to welcome all visitors to the Tesla charging park. But this first location is just the beginning: in the next five years, bk World Holding GmbH plans to open 300 locations across Europe. bk World is coming soon to charging parks run by the largest charge spot operators and energy providers – to the benefit of customers, retailers, and the environment.
At this stage, it has not be disclosed how many of the 300 will be in connection with Tesla, however, by the looks of things, they are sure to be popular.