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The celebration of the grand opening of a McDonald's fast-food restaurant is not exactly worthy of recognition. With at least 12,392 McDonald's franchises operating in the U.S. alone, the opening of one additional store in Huntington, West Virginia would usually go unnoticed, especially by the green car media. Not this time.
McDonald's has teamed up with American Electric Power to install two plug-in vehicle charging stations at the Huntington, WV fast-food joint. The chargers, though not the first to be installed at a McDonald's location, will allow Big Mac fans to scarf down some grub while their plug-in vehicles get juiced up.

If you think that it's kind of odd that the king of junk food has installed chargers to fill up some of the cleanest operating vehicles in the land, we'd agree. But with more than 58 million customers stopping by a McDonald's somewhere across the globe everyday, we'd have to say that the decision to install chargers there is one we wholeheartedly support.

[Source: Green Car Advisor | Image: daveynin – C.C. License 2.0]


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      • 4 Months Ago
      Hee-hee...for as long as I can remember everybody puts down McDonald's. Yet what if there's a podunk town somewhere that doesn't have a McDonald's?

      How come this town doesn't have a McDonald's?!!! Whiney-butt, whiney-butt, whiney-butt, whiney-buttskies. Give it a rest!

      This is a step in the right direction and a good thing that this new W.Virginia Mac-Donald's has an electrical charger for your electric car while you dine inside. Or stand outside and answer questions about your electrical car with a cup of Mac-Donald's Joe to curious McDonald's customers. It's a win-win situation, people!
      • 4 Months Ago
      wow, you people are hopeless. I would think this would be good news to you, because its one more place that you can charge your electric car...but nooooooo, not the hippies.

      You people can just STFU! I'm tired of all your tree-hugging bitching!

      BTW, Your all a bunch of hypocrites, even if in your bid to "go green" you ride a bicycle...well, I hope you dont have a metal one...because that metal had to be mined (OH NO!, NOT HOLES IN THE EARTH!). Hope it doesn't have rubber tires (when they go flat they get discarded..... IN A LANDFILL!, WHERE THEY REMAIN...FOREVER!!!). And or course, its not like your bike has plastics...on the foot pedals, hand brake, reflectors, ect., which is made from.......I shutter to even speak the word......OIL!!!!!!!
        • 4 Months Ago
        You're confused. People buying a more environmentally benign car are.... buying a more environmentally benign car. There's ZERO hypocrisy in that. As you point out, anyone can set the bar for "tree-hugging" at any level they want, from keeping their SUV's tires properly inflated to buying an electric vehicle to bicycling, all the way to killing themselves before they reproduce. But that's not news.

        I know the anonymity of the 'net frustrates everyone when we see strangers being excessively judgmental, but criticizing them for their possible flaws is pointless guessing.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hopefully this press will catch on and more greener companies will get on the band wagon. I would really like to see whole foods use this in their parking lots. Even better if more fast charging stations where placed in rest stops and hotels along interstates.
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm lovin' it.
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's nice to get an opportunity charge while out and about. The problem is you're at McDonald's.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Do you get to see the kid from Deliverance playing the banjo out front? =)
        • 4 Months Ago
        He lived in Georgia, not West Virginia.

        Interestingly, the motive for the rafting trip was to get to enjoy nature's unspoiled beauty before it was destroyed by man - the river was going to be dammed to provide water for a hydroelectric power station.

      • 4 Months Ago
      Here is news that more plug-in charging stations are being constructed, and all you people can do is whine about how it's at McDonald's and not wherever else.

      Bottom line: It's more charging stations. EVs are never going to catch on if there aren't any charging stations around, period. This is a step in the right direction.

      Sheesh. You really can't win on this site.
        • 4 Months Ago
        You've nailed it, Jason.

        • 4 Months Ago
        No you can't win. Purists insist that every aspect of EVs need to fit into their view of what is "right". Hence McDs is not "suitable" for charging stations.
      • 4 Months Ago
      You shouldn 't recognize McDonald's. For a company who CLAIMS to have environmentally sustainable business practices my local McDonald's in Nashville refused to fill my clean coffee cup claiming the franchisee had a policy against it. So, I've decided to boycott ALL McDonald's. If someone is truly an environmentalist/cares about the planet, why would they drive their electric car to a company that pollutes as much as McDonald's? They've gotten better but styrofoam cups for their coffee? Is this the 1950's? NO! Even big companies like Starbucks realize that it's a cost savings issue to allow people to bring their own coffee cups. Anyway...better stop the rant. McDonald's better stop the green-washing and get to actually doing something that helps the environment!
        • 4 Months Ago
        "If someone is truly an environmentalist/cares about the planet, why would they drive their electric car to a company that pollutes as much as McDonald's?"

        Because they need a charge and it's the closest plug.
        • 4 Months Ago
        Brett, McDonalds has done a lot of work to reduce their energy use, both because it makes business sense and because they say they are trying to be green. Refusing to put a used coffee cup in their coffee machine is hardly a deal breaker. I have to admit I would just as soon not have coffee makers that I buy coffee from swapping spit with used coffee mugs/containers. Not only that, but McD's has coffee that tastes better than most of Starbucks blends and McD's costs a lot less. McD's isn't as good as Caribou, but it is better than SBucks. And if they have a place to plug my Volt in for a half hour as I down a cup of joe, more power to them!
        Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.
        • 4 Months Ago
        McDonald's doesn't care that much, the electricity will be generated from 100% black coal mined by mountaintop removal.
        • 4 Months Ago
        One thing I would also like to add is that my cup was clean and recently washed and sanitized. I would have to say that people should be more concerned with food handlers handling money than they should be with accepting my cleaned and reusable coffee cup. Money is filthy! A cashier's hands will touch the cash you pay them and then the food and/or food packaging. I could see if it's an issue of sanitation, but when someone hands you a clean coffee mug - COME ON! :)
        • 4 Months Ago
        This is a business things for McD's. They don't have to care about the environment if they can get more customers to stop by for 30 minutes and buy food while they charge.

        I'm not commenting on whether McD's is good or bad...just saying they have a different reason for what they're doing.

        The other thing to keep in mind is that McD's are franchises where the owner will determine a great deal of what they do and how clean each store tries to be from an environmental perspective.

        And I'm not sure how much to blame McD's for the way West Va creates their electricity. The idiots brag about how much coal they use. LOL
        • 4 Months Ago
        McDonalds is just "greenwashing". It will be interesting to see IF and WHEN anyone EVER uses that charging station. Most people go through the drive thru. Does anyone sell an electric vehicle in that state?
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm willing to bet that people who care about what fuels their cars, also care about what fuels their bodies, and would not eat at McDonald's.
        • 4 Months Ago
        McDonald's does sell "green" food too - they have a nice selection of salads =D
        • 4 Months Ago
        The coffee is cheap because it is grown and picked by slaves.
        • 4 Months Ago
        They do have very good reasonably priced coffee.
        • 4 Months Ago
        They tend to have wifi too. Idunno... I don't normally eat fast food. But I wouldn't mind hanging out in a McD for a while with wifi and an apple pie if it meant I could charge my car.
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