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Cracker Barrel Opens First Fast Car Charger In Lebanon

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LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) – Lebanon-based Cracker Barrel unveiled the first electric vehicle fast-charging station in Tennessee as part of their plan to install two dozen charging stations at locations across the state.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and President and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. Sandy Cochran were at the Lebanon location off of Interstate 40 on Monday to show off the new DC Fast Charging Station.

"There is enough unused electricity at night that we can plug in half our cars and trucks without building a single new power plant, and forward-thinking companies like Cracker Barrel are making it even easier to drive electric vehicles by allowing customers to charge them up while we eat, work, shop or otherwise go about our days," said Sen. Alexander.

It is the first of 12 high speed chargers to be installed across Tennessee. All Cracker Barrel locations with a DC fast charger installation will also have a Blink Pedestal charger.

The company has already installed Blink Pedestal chargers at 12 Tennessee locations, which are compatible with electric vehicles and some hybrid vehicles.

Julie Davis, a company spokeswoman, said the fast chargers can charge an electronic vehicle's battery up to 80 percent in a half-hour, much faster than the traditional vehicle chargers. When completed, 24 Cracker Barrel locations will have chargers.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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