Restaurant Charging Station Helps Electric Infrastructure

Mar 18, 2011

One of the challenges facing the widespread adoption of electric vehicles for consumer and commercial purposes is a lack of widespread infrastructure to keep those vehicles powered day in and day out.  But now some everyday businesses are starting to take notice of this need:

Sunshine Restaurant Corp., developer of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants and sports bars, recently joined Progress Energy Florida and NovaCharge to celebrate the installation of a ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Kissimmee. 

Buffalo Wild Wings also unveiled plans to install additional ChargePoint stations at a new restaurant in Daytona Beach and at all future Central Florida locations. Guests of the restaurant looking for a charge can find the station locations, check availability and get directions by using the ChargePoint network "find stations" live map. 

"While electric vehicles are great for environmental reasons, we believe there is a strong business case for providing charging stations for our customers," said Andrew L. Gross, president and CEO of Sunshine Restaurant Corp. "As the number of electric vehicles grows over the coming years, we know customers will choose Buffalo Wild Wings over our competitors because of the ability to charge their vehicle for free while enjoying their favorite sporting event." 

"As the ways our customers use electricity evolve, it's important that we, as a utility, adapt to their changing energy needs," said David Maxon, regional vice president of Progress Energy Florida. "We're taking steps to support the adoption of this exciting, environmentally friendly technology today while determining how we can best support electric vehicles in the long term." 

[via Automotive Fleet]

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