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Cracker Barrel to install charging stations

Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores announced today that it will become a major participant in The EV Project, an initiative to increase the adoption of electric vehicles by creating a solid charging infrastructure across the country.

Starting next spring, the company will install ECOtality's Blink EV charging stations at 24 restaurant and store locations in "The Tennessee Triangle," the 425-mile stretch of interstate highway that connects Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

"Our announcement with Cracker Barrel is an important step towards building the rich EV infrastructure needed to promote the consumer adoption of EVs," said Don Karner, President of ECOtality North America. "Our plan for The EV Project was to create an interconnected network of EV infrastructure that would allow EV drivers to live their lives without limitations."

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The first 12 announced Tennessee locations are: Athens, Cleveland, Cookeville, Crossville, East Ridge, Farragut, Harriman, Kimball, Lebanon, Manchester, Murfreesboro and Nashville. The other 12 sites will be located in and around the cities of Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

Charging options will include both Level 2 and DC Fast Charge stations.

Users will be able to get an 80% charge -- the recommended charge -- in just under a half hour at the 12 Cracker Barrel locations which will have the DC Fast Charging stations. The 12 locations that will have the Blink EV L2 chargers, which are slower than the DC Fast Charging stations, will be able to "top off" their vehicles.
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