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

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  • Actually this excellent development will not require nearly as many EV cars or years to recoup construction cost when you consider the entire state will make them the state’s EV rest stop. Good business decision and investment on Cracker Barrel’s part!

    • #1 -How much is the charge going to cost the owners of these car?
      #2 -If I go 40k to spend on a car I will get a BMW on a volt

  • It will take time, but well worth every effort. For every EV that has any battery size will also be another backup power supply for a home or office. I’m a long time solar, wind, biodiesel generator person who has been pushing electric/biodiesel hybrid for some 18 years. It is become a reality with all electric and hybrid gas. The ultra clean and affordable is hydrogen/electric hybrid ultralite will be a real win. But that will come WAY WAY down the money grubbing corp sales road amd big business have sold all of the other lower tech crapola to US consumers. (H.Ford said “I will sell the best car I can for least amount of dollar$”). But that concept has morphed into selling the cheapest crap for the most amount of dollar$. And polute as much as possible on the way… When will humans ever learn?!?!

  • Actually, if Cracker Barrel is having these installed through the EV Project, a DOE funded project, they will not be allowed to charge customers for the use of the charging stations.

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  • Hey! What about the Cracker Barrels in West TN? Memphis doesn’t count? … as usual …

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    Even at the charge rate of $3.00 per hour ( heard that on TV) This will be a bargain & guarantee tha the EV driver can drive another 100 ~150 mi to their next location. Given that Most CB are located along Interstates I am not sure they will get much use initially. But just like Mcdonalds in the 50’s Would you have wanted to get in on the ground floor if you knew what would happen 20 years later then up to now?

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