Picture in your mind the average buyer of an electric car. I know I’m stereotyping here, but I see them as trendy, environmentally aware and supremely health conscious. Now conjure up an image of diners at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, and tell me if you see any crossover between the two groups. Don’t get me wrong, I love Cracker Barrel in a redneck, consume-50,000-calories-at-breakfast-to-cure-your-hangover kind of way, but I can’t picture the EV crowd chowing down there. At least not until Chevy offers a battery powered Silverado Heavy Duty pickup.
Nonetheless, 24 Cracker Barrel locations throughout Tennessee will soon be installing Level 2 or Level 3 (quick charge) charging stations. Twelve locations will get the Level 3 chargers, which can top off a Nissan Leaf to 80% of capacity in just 20 minutes, but won’t be of any help to drivers of the Chevy Volt, which can only use a Level 1 or Level 2 charging station. The remaining 12 Cracker Barrel locations will be installing Level 2 chargers, which can replenish your cars batteries in four or five hours, or about how long the average meal at Cracker Barrel takes to eat. All of the charger equipped locations will be within the “Tennessee Triangle”, which is bordered by Interstate 24 to the west, Interstate 75 to the east and Interstate 40 to the north.
There’s no word on when the chargers will be operational, or what Cracker Barrel will charge customers to replenish their batteries while sucking down biscuits and gravy, but it’s safe to assume the service won’t be free. A better question is how they’re going to keep Bubba in the jacked up Chevy pickup from parking in the “EV’s Only” space. I wish them a lot of luck with that one.
Source: Gas 2.0