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McDonald's Opens With Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

by , 12/21/10

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A new McDonald’s restaurant has opened in West Virginia and it seems they’ve got a trick up their sleeve – EV charging stations in their parking lot. That’s right, they’ve teamed up with American Electric Power to install two electric vehicle charging stations at the new Huntington, WV golden arched location. Though we applaud Ronald’s efforts, we’re wary of the reasoning behind this sudden green transportation decision.

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Don’t get us wrong, we love the constant springing-up of electric vehicle chargers across the world — from London to New York City they are multiplying by the minute — but when someone says “McDonald’s,” we kind of have to cringe (no matter what kind of green innovation its followed by). The recent news that a McDonald’s Happy Meal didn’t start to decompose for six whole months when left out just confirmed our Supersize Me worries about what the food is doing to the health of humankind.

Even on McDonald’s nutrition page, their tag line is, “It’s all about delicious choices.” They don’t even try to say anything about nutrition. With a McDonald’s Big Mac clocking in at twice the level of recommended sodium and half the recommended fat intake of an average daily diet, we’re thinking that the fast food giant might want to hit the root of the problem of their impact before they start installing EV charging stations – though we do applaud the fact that they are doing something to go green. Every little bit helps, but here’s to hoping that this EV charging station is the beginning of a bigger change at the golden arches — don’t worry, we’re not holding our breath.

Via Autoblog Green

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4 Comments

  1. Steven S. May 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    The local McDonald’s shares a parking lot with a fresh-Mex, a bakery-diner, and a Vietnamese vegan restaurants. Obviously, if they install an EV charger, I’ll park there and walk 100 feet to enjoy a vegetarian meal!

  2. thomasch December 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    How do they think to combine FAST food with SLOW battery charging?
    Is this all McD marketing people can produce? We shouldn’t pay more attention to it than it deserves. With these 3 comments it has had enough

  3. Maisy_Daisy December 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Ha…wondered why the old McDonald’s was being closed. I live just across the Ohio River from Huntington, WV and this is really a big deal! Sadly the EV charging station has to be at McD’s in a city where half the population is obese. Seriously, I live here and it seems like 90% of the population is obese. Still it’s a big step for a city/area that is so backwards in the green initiative. This really surprises me that McD’s would do this since there are very few electric cars in the area. Hopefully this leads to more electric cars on the road here in the Huntington area. This is a HUGE step for the tri-state (WV-OH-KY) area!

  4. Alok Appadurai December 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    It is not surprising that McDonald’s is willing to make the tradeoff to give Americans free electricity in exchange for getting you parked at their fast-food-dispensing location for at least 20 minutes. Brilliant frankly. The equation is: how much more profit will they make in sales of their ‘food’ vs the cost of the electricity? And that cost of energy will be miniscule in comparison to the amount of free advertising McDonald’s will receive simply for installing these. These are the lumps we in the green movement will take in order to reduce our exposer to harmful chemicals!

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