Lebanon, TN — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store continues to drive its support of electric vehicle travel with the unveiling of high-powered rapid charging station sites at four restaurants located in and around Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. NRG Energy, Inc. recently completed the installations at Cracker Barrel® stores in Burleson, Arlington, DeSoto and Mesquite. The new charging stations are a significant part of NRG’s plan to enhance its Texas network and provide more charging options and range confidence for electric vehicle (EV) owners.
“Cracker Barrel’s proximity to interstate highways adds a reassuring layer of confidence as well as a high level of convenience for EV drivers,” says Sandra B. Cochran, Cracker Barrel’s president and CEO. “We were founded along interstate highways with the traveler in mind and, today, Cracker Barrel has evolved into an indelible part of the automotive travel experience. Participating in NRG’s network fits with our traditional efforts to anticipate our guests’ needs and, at the same time, allows us to contribute in a meaningful way to national interests regarding energy use.”
Each charging station includes one DC Fast charger, capable of delivering 30 miles of charge in 10 minutes, and one Level 2 charger that delivers up to 25 miles of range for every hour plugged in. With the DC Fast charger, Cracker Barrel guests will essentially be able to fill up in about the same time it takes to order and eat a meal.
NRG plans to install a total of 70 charging station sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and 50 in the Houston area, with 11 already in place in Houston and six installed in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., and operates 615 company-owned locations in 42 states. For more information, visit www.crackerbarrel.com.
Princeton, N.J.-based NRG Energy, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that owns and operates one of the country’s largest and most diverse power generation portfolios. NRG’s retail businesses, Reliant Energy and Green Mountain Energy Company, combined serve nearly 1.9 million residential, business, commercial and industrial customers. For more information, visit www.nrgenergy.com and www.eVgoNetwork.com.
SOURCE: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and NRG Energy, Inc.