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.