ECOtality deployed the DC fast chargers at the Lebanon Cracker Barrel store, which will also be equipped with Blink Pedestal chargers that electric vehicle (EV) drivers may use to top off while shopping and dining.

The UL certified charger supports energy usage data evaluation with an internal energy meter.

ECOtality Jonathan CEO Read said by strategically placing Blink charging stations, the company is collecting the data needed to develop a commercial infrastructure which will untether drivers from their garages.

The dual-port DC fast charger provides an intuitive connector dock for storage and protection, with the help of CHAdeMo compliant EV charging connectors.

Additionally, the UL certified charger features two interactive touch screens and a 42" color display for media and messaging.

ECOtality will deploy another 11 DC fast chargers at Cracker Barrel locations statewide as a part of The EV Project, which is managed by the company.

The project is valued at $230m, and is funded with a $114.8m grant from the US Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).