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Cracker Barrel tests charging stations

Associated Press / December 1, 2010

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LEBANON, Tenn. — Cracker Barrel, modeled to represent a slower time of rocking chairs on old wooden porches, will soon feature a very modern technology: electric vehicle chargers.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.’s pilot project will install Blink chargers, provided by Ecotality Inc., at 24 Tennessee restaurants.

The pilot is part of a broader effort by Ecotality to get charging stations in more places. The lack of stations and the high cost of vehicles are major obstacles to the spread of electric vehicle technology.

Cracker Barrel restaurants are mostly near major highways, so travelers can get to them, and back on the road, easily. Ecotality said this makes them an ideal fit for charging stations.

Guests will be able to get a full charge in less than 30 minutes at 12 DC Fast Charging stations. Chargers at the other 12 locations will take longer, but the companies didn’t say how long. Prices haven’t been set.