Published on December 2nd, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro
Cracker Barrel to Install EV Charging Stations at 24 Tennessee Locations
How does comfort food and a full-battery for your electric car sound? Pretty damn good if you ask me. Cracker Barrel, one of my favorite restaurants, is installing charging stations at 24 Tennessee locations.
On my cross-country trip this summer, we stopped at a Tennessee Cracker Barrel after a long day of hard driving, having just got my Mustang back from the transmission shop ($2,000 later). So it is cool to think that come next spring, that very same Cracker Barrel will have a Blink high-speed charging station installed.
Twelve of the Cracker Barrels will get Blink DC Faster Chargers that can charge a plug-in hybrids battery to 80% capacity in just 20 minutes, so Volt owners have that to look forward to. The other twelve restaurants will get the Level 2 charging system, which takes a bit longer to top off your battery.
These locations are centered on the Tennessee Triangle, a 425 mile stretch of highway connecting Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. Installations start next spring, and while costs haven’t been discussed, I doubt they are just giving this service away. Will there even be enough electric or plug-in cars on the road to justify the stations? Maybe not, but give it a few years and Cracker Barrel might just be ahead of the curve.
Source: Cracker Barrel
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.