Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cracker Barrel will have electric-car chargers at 24 stores

The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain said today that it would install 30-minute electric-vehicle chargers for customers to use at 24 of its locations in Middle and East Tennessee over the next year.
Of the 24 locations, 12 have already been identified, and include stores along the Interstate 40, 24 and 75 corridors between Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville.
In Nashville, there will be chargers at the Cracker Barrel on Stewart’s Ferry Pike.

Elsewhere in Middle Tennessee, chargers will be at the company’s stores in Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Manchester, Cookeville and Crossville.

Cracker Barrel said the other 12 locations would be in and around Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga to serve mostly local users, rather than those driving longer distances on the interstates.

The chargers will allow drivers of electric vehicles such as the new Nissan Leaf to recharge their vehicles’ batteries in about a half-hour – while shopping or dining in the Cracker Barrel stores.

Plans call for installation of the chargers to begin in the spring, and to be completed within a few months.

Putting chargers in public locations is part of the rollout of the Leaf, which goes on sale sometime in December in Tennessee and four other states.

The Leaf has a range of about 100 miles between charges, and Cracker Barrel said its chargers would be located strategically so people could drive the cars the entire 425-mile triangle of interstate highways between the three cities by stopping at the stores along the way for recharging.

Contact Tennessean automotive writer G. Chambers Williams III at 615-259-8076 or

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