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ECOtality, Cracker Barrel install first DC fast charger in Tennessee, US

ABR Staff Writer Published 01 November 2011

ECOtality, a developer of electric transportation and storage technologies, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL) have launched the first Blink Direct Current (DC) fast charger in Tennessee, US.

The company a part of the EV Project has deployed the DC fast chargers at the Tennessee Triangle, a 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

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

The dual-port DC fast charger provides an intuitive connector dock for storage and protection, with two CHAdeMo compliant EV charging connectors.

In addition, the UL certified charger features two interactive touch screens and a 42" color display for media and messaging.

ECOtality CEO Jonathan Read said by strategically placing Blink charging stations, the company is collecting the data needed to build a commercial infrastructure which will untether drivers from their garages.

"We identified destination locations like Cracker Barrel as ideal for charging stations -- places where people can grab a meal, charge up and go," Read said.

Cracker Barrel CEO Sandra Cochran said the company works hard to remain relevant in its guests' changing lives while continuing to offer the genuine hospitality and honest value associated with times past.

"Our leadership role in the EV Project allows us to continue offering what our guests need and expect while also participating in a meaningful way in our nation's explorations of energy independence," Cochran said.