Tesla's Model S is exciting entrepreneurs as well as fans of the electric car.
The car can travel for about 311 miles before needing a charge, which meant that a 3,750 mile drive for a Chinese businessman would've been impossible without bringing his own plug.
Instead of doing that, When Zhong contacted property owners along his planned road trip and bought them free charging stations for their property. They're not the latest and greatest in electric car charger tech, and a drained Tesla will take about 8 hours for a full charge.
According to Zong, seven hours of charging would cost each property owner around 30 yuan (about $5) in electricity. He let the owners determine whether they would charge a fee, or offer the service for free, according to Caixin. Zong noted that if, for instance, a hotel decided to host a charging station, it could potentially increase business, as drivers would have to stay overnight while their electric car finished charging.
Zong has spent about $117,600 on his road so far. The idea is interesting, however, because of how it can adjust to businesses. Electric cars will become more popular and businesses to keep them powered might actually see some profitable returns.