The two charging ports come from American Electric Power, a major supplier of electricity to the Southwho wants to demonstrate the use of electric vehicle charging stations. While I question the location (coal-mining West Virginia isn’t exactly an environmental haven), it’s nice to see more restaurants getting in on the EV game. Cracker Barrel same time seems to be catching on.
It’s the first McDonalds to have a Level 2 Electric Charger in the U.S., though Cracker Barrel is adding EV chargers to 24 restaurants in Tennessee. The idea of filling up your belly and your electric vehicle at seems to be catching on with Americans and American companies. The company that revolutionized fast food could have a dramatic impact on EV charging, should it so decide. Imagine if all of the more than 12,000 McDonalds restaurants in America had charging stations? You’d have a hard time arguing that the infrastructure for electric vehicles aren’t in place.
Even if that happened, it wouldn’t make McDonalds all that green in the grand scheme of things. Of course, compared to American Electric Power, one of the largest producers of coal power in the U.S. (26,595 MW from coal alone in 2005), McDonalds looks downright carbon neutral.
How serious McDonalds is about going green remains to be seen, but if they get on the green bandwagon and add EV chargers to all their stores, it would make overall acceptance of electric cars that much easier to swallow (ha).
Source: Green Car Advisor
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.