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Green location will feature EV recharge stations

Most people know that when it comes time for cheap eats, you can find a McDonald's restaurant in just about every city in America. To try to compete with the likes of Starbucks for the high-priced coffee business, some of the restaurants in the chain were made over into more upscale places sans playgrounds, to the dismay of kids around the country.

One McDonald's location in Cary, NC will be opened soon and the new location will be the first green location in the franchise. The owner of the location is Ric Richards and he decided to build the state of the art restaurant in 2007 dedicated to sustainability and reduced energy consumption.

While the building materials and other aspects of the restaurants design are green focused, the restaurant will also cater to green customers as well. The restaurant will be outfitted with Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle recharge stations outside to allow EV owners to charge their batteries while they eat. The charging technology is Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint Network Charging Stations

"The networked grid-friendly charging stations are a perfect complement to the many innovative green features of the restaurant" said Ric Richards, "Our customers will have a dedicated place to park and recharge their vehicles. McDonald's is enabling a better environment for future generations by supporting zero-emissions transportation infrastructure, through the use of the ChargePoint Network."

The ChargePoint Network charge stations are described as a safe and secure way to charge electric vehicles. The stations can also be secured for authorized access only charging of all types of electric vehicles. Authorized access charging likely means that there will be a cost associated with using the charge stations, exactly what that cost will be is unknown.

"McDonald’s is an industry leader in environmental conservation and they are continually launching new initiatives to create a sustainable world," said Helda Rodriguez, president of NovaCharge. "We are pleased to be able to partner with them to deliver the ChargePoint Network system, and to provide safe, convenient, grid-friendly, charging stations for electric vehicles."

EV recharge stations aren't the first sign that McDonald's is going high tech. The franchise recently unveiled a new soft drink machine that uses RFID to track the popularity of flavors.



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Hmmm
By SpaceRanger on 7/6/2009 10:34:52 AM , Rating: 3
How many EV cars are there in NC?




RE: Hmmm
By DigitalFreak on 7/6/2009 10:38:16 AM , Rating: 2
LOL. I would think this would go over much better in California.

Has a standard plug type been agreed upon by all vehicle manufacturers? If not, that's going to be a huge problem.

How much charge can you actually get in the 30-60 minutes most people would spend at McDonalds?


RE: Hmmm
By DigitalFreak on 7/6/2009 10:39:52 AM , Rating: 4
BTW, the article picture is awesome! Heath Ledger would have made an great psycho Ronald McDonald.


RE: Hmmm
By Omega215D on 7/6/2009 2:11:49 PM , Rating: 5
Why so hungry? Let's put a Happy Meal in that face. >:o)


RE: Hmmm
By sieistganzfett on 7/6/2009 8:46:28 PM , Rating: 2
lol. The dark knight coaster at six flags will end up sponsored by Mc Donald’s before I know it.


RE: Hmmm
By kattanna on 7/6/2009 10:47:32 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
How much charge can you actually get in the 30-60 minutes most people would spend at McDonalds?


depends on who you get stuck behind while in line.


RE: Hmmm
By MrBlastman on 7/6/2009 11:09:32 AM , Rating: 2
Now the EV people can get Fat while being Sassy at MC D's!

Now with more Sodium...

;)


RE: Hmmm
By thekdub on 7/6/2009 11:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
And how!


RE: Hmmm
By rudy on 7/6/2009 2:57:21 PM , Rating: 2
No and it is good for the companies that was, now you will have to by the right charger adapter for your car for $199


RE: Hmmm
By MrFord on 7/7/2009 2:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
Or pay $9.99 for a cheap Chinese knock-off rolling out of the same assembly line that works just as well. On sale at a table at a street seller near you.


RE: Hmmm
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/6/2009 11:09:50 AM , Rating: 4
I doubt that there are many if any in Cary, NC right now -- but thee will likely be plenty there in the near future. All the trendy stuff in NC starts in Cary (Containment Area for Relocated Yankees).


Idea!
By Spivonious on 7/6/2009 10:51:03 AM , Rating: 3
McDonalds should use their used fry oil to power diesel generators to run the restaurant.




RE: Idea!
By chmilz on 7/6/2009 12:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ever see the black plastic bins with a recycle logo out back of every restaurant in North America with a fryer? Yeah, oil gets recycled, and it's much more environmentally friendly than burning it (there's impurities like anti-foaming agents in fryer oil).


RE: Idea!
By Spivonious on 7/6/2009 1:12:43 PM , Rating: 3
Oh I know it gets recycled. I just figured why not pump it right back into a generator?

And at least at Burger King, where I worked for my first job 12 years ago, we used huge blocks of pure vegetable shortening.


By KingstonU on 7/6/2009 10:53:46 AM , Rating: 2
That's Heath Ledger as the Joker is it not? That's pretty cool. Where can I find the larger version of this image?




Will they....
By captainBOB on 7/6/2009 10:42:07 AM , Rating: 1
Organic McDonalds possibly?




RE: Will they....
By bhieb on 7/6/2009 12:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Will they....
By maverick85wd on 7/6/2009 1:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
Great...
By Hieyeck on 7/6/2009 10:52:10 AM , Rating: 2
Now all they need is a HP friendly menu.




By Golgatha on 7/6/2009 1:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
or I can convert to greasel and fill up at the few thousand other more convenient locations...

http://www.goldenfuelsystems.com/




To Kill a Buzzword
By clovell on 7/6/2009 2:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
> "Our customers will have a dedicated place to park and recharge their vehicles. McDonald's is enabling a better environment for future generations by supporting zero-emissions transportation infrastructure, through the use of the ChargePoint Network."

EVs have nothing to do with this mythical 'zero-emission' transportation infrastructure you speak of.




You know...
By Engine of End on 7/6/2009 6:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
I live in the area, and I have yet to see any electric vehicles outside of the golf carts that zoom in and out of an upscale neighborhood with its own country club.

About the only thing we do have are two Smart cars in a sea of SUVs and minivans.

While I commend Ric Richards for his limited prescience, I believe the man is not going to see any use of his charging stations for many years. No use = no profit.




Ironic
By corduroygt on 7/6/2009 4:52:19 PM , Rating: 1
Given that the environazi taget audience for this McDonalds, they should serve nothing but salads and drinks, since cows produce lots of greenhouse gases and contribute to AGW, and we should all eat less according to them (to which sane people will say f u, of course)




Thanks Mr. Obvious
By GaryJohnson on 7/6/09, Rating: 0
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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