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bennelson 07-10-2009 07:23 PM

A McDonalds to have EV charging stations
 
I just heard about a McDonalds opening soon that will have free EV Charging Stations!

The following is from News-Record.com

New N.C. McDonald's will feed hungry electric cars
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Big Mac with a jolt of juice is on the menu at a new Raleigh-area McDonald's that will be the first in the nation to feature electric car charging stations.

The new McDonald's opens Tuesday with two battery charging units for patrons of the restaurant or the nearby shopping center to use free of charge.

McDonald's said it will add charging stations to parking lots at some of its restaurants across the country if the Cary venture proves successful.

"This new Cary location will help us evaluate the tactics of green building," said McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud. The McDonald's stations will be among the first public car chargers in the state.

NovaCharge, the Florida-based distributor of the ChargePoint stations, said the McDonald's chargers are a new option for electric car owners who now mostly charge at home.

"The typical electric car is going to go about 40 miles on a charge," said Helda Rodriguez, president of NovaCharge. Public charging stations help eliminate "range anxiety" for electric car owners who are afraid of running out of juice while on errands or sitting in traffic.

The units are manufactured by Coulomb Technologies and cost about $5,000 a piece. NovaCharge says it has distributed hundreds of units in the U.S.

Advocates argue electricity is cleaner, cheaper and a more secure source of energy for cars than oil since it can be produced domestically. But the numbers haven't caught up with the buzz.

"Right now there are under 1,000 all-electric cars in the U.S.," said Felix Kramer, the founder of CalCars.org, a California-based nonprofit.

So who's going to top-off their battery at the Cary McDonald's?

Peter Eckhoff, president of the Triangle Electric Auto Association, estimates there are only "several dozen" electric cars in the Triangle region.

He said McDonald's plan is "farsighted" but on the cutting edge: "As demand grows, the chargers will be there."


Christ 07-10-2009 07:43 PM

Nice. Now they've just gotten a handful more customers to eat their fat-ridden food, thus making more Americans overweight, reducing range even further for EV's.

The plan is in place, gentlemen... Soon, You'll have to pass a McD's to get to the Doctor for your overweightedness, b/c your range will be so short that you'll have to make sure to stop somewhere and charge... and while you do, have a Big Mac and a Large Coke?!

Christopher Jordan 07-11-2009 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Christ (Post 114997)
Nice. Now they've just gotten a handful more customers to eat their fat-ridden food!

*and wait!* **there's more!!** (TV infomercial excitement!!!) I heard that Burger King is making the same plans! :D No oil one way, they will try to sell you oil somehow.

Christ 07-11-2009 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Christopher Jordan (Post 115144)
*and wait!* **there's more!!** (TV infomercial excitement!!!) I heard that Burger King is making the same plans! :D No oil one way, they will try to sell you oil somehow.

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Yeah, in your food!:rolleyes:
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Matt Herring 07-11-2009 08:48 PM

I wonder if you have to buy something at their business to plug in...like having to buy a pack of gum at a store to use their restroom.

Good move by McD's though...ahead of the curve

NiHaoMike 07-11-2009 09:19 PM

What we need is a fuel cell that runs on fat. Which is not that far off - electric eels have natural fuel cells that run on ATP, and fat can be converted into ATP. And then Tesla wireless power transmission to recharge the batteries...


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