Need to refuel? Perhaps you might consider stopping by McDonald's for a Happy Meal… for your electric car.
McDonald's and NovaCharge today announced that it will be deploying electric vehicle charging stations at the famous fast food restaurant. The first of these new "green" McDonald's will open on July 14 at noon and is located at 1299 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, NC.
“The networked grid-friendly charging stations are a perfect complement to the many innovative green features of the restaurant,” said Ric Richards, owner/operator of the new McDonald's. “Our customers will have a dedicated place to park and recharge their vehicles. McDonalds is enabling a better environment for future generations by supporting zero-emissions transportation infrastructure, through the use of the ChargePoint Network.”
While this is undoubtedly a great idea for the few of those with electric vehicles (hey, you've got to start somewhere), the nature of the short-term stays for patrons of McDonald's makes the little bit of charging somewhat pointless at fast food restaurants. Hopefully full-service restaurants and shopping centers adopt the idea of electric plug-ins.