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ECOtality installs first Cracker Barrel charger in 'Tennessee Triangle'

ECOtality and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store today unveiled the first Blink Direct Current Fast Charger in Tennessee at the Lebanon Cracker Barrel. 

This is the first of 12 Cracker Barrel locations statewide that will install DC Fast Chargers as a part of The EV Project. The stations are able to charge a battery to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes--the fastest charge rate currently available.

"By strategically placing Blink charging stations, we are collecting the data needed to build a commercial infrastructure which will untether drivers from their garages," said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "We identified destination locations like Cracker Barrel as ideal for charging stations--places where people can grab a meal, charge up and go."

ECOtality worked closely with Cracker Barrel during the site selection process, and took into account factors ranging from traffic patterns, retail destinations and input from other regional partners. "The Tennessee Triangle," a 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, is the ideal location for Cracker Barrel's 12 DC Fast Chargers, which are well suited for high-traffic commercial locations and major transportation corridors.

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In addition to the fast chargers, Cracker Barrel stores will also be equipped with Blink Pedestal chargers that EV drivers may use to "top off" while shopping and dining.

ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and will oversee the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. 
The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 EVs. 

The EV Project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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