The parking lots of US chain restaurant Ruby Tuesday will soon play host to Tesla electric car charging stations. The two companies announced a partnership this week that will bring "a series of" Tesla Supercharger stations to an unspecified number of the restaurant's 729 locations around the United States.
The partnership between the companies comes soon after Tesla installed trial Superchargers in a single Ruby Tuesday parking lot in Miner, Missouri. The electric car company admitted earlier this week that in addition to talks with chains like Ruby Tuesday, it was also discussing the placement of Superchargers in gas stations, securing key roadside locations that would make cross-country drives easier for Tesla owners.
The new hardware — capable of providing enough power in under 30 minutes for some Tesla models to travel 170 miles — come a few months after Tesla announced its plans to double its network of Superchargers across the US. More so than home or Destination charging solutions, Tesla Superchargers are designed for long-distance travel, with a string of them already spanning major transit routes through the United States, but not all Tesla cars can take advantage of the quick power-up. It sounds like Tesla's upcoming Model 3, for one, won't be able to use Supercharging unless owners specifically pay extra for that package.