According to Design Boom, “McDonald’s has grown to become Sweden’s largest restaurant chain for electric car charging. After installing its first charging posts as early as 2009, the mega-chain now [has] 55 charging stations around the Scandinavian country. The expansion of charging stations continues as McDonald’s aims to include charging stations at all its drive-thru restaurants.”
And it’s not just happening in Sweden. Last year, Vattenfall announced, “Every McDonald’s branch in the Netherlands with a McDrive will have two fast charging points installed.” McDonald’s has plans to include 168 fast-charging stations in the Netherlands. Bas Klaassen, Director Development Real Estate & Construction at McDonald’s said he was happy “to offer those of our customers driving electric vehicles the convenience of a fast-charging point with good facilities on the road.”
And by the time gas/petrol stations wake up, they've lost this market to the retail sector who will combine charging with other must-do activities that will cost overall less than filling a gas/petrol tank. Shopping malls are a really obvious choice where consumers are already there for an hour or longer. Its a wave of change that is coming and it will be interesting to see which sectors of the economy benefit and which just end up dying out. The point with charging is anyone can do it and it is not dependent on the oil industry for supply. Those that can provide "green energy" will carve an extra little nice for themselves as many early adopters of EVs are environmentally conscious.
#EV McDonald's Wants To Charge Your Electric Car
Pumping gas is so passé. Gas stations, from BP to Shell, are now introducing electric vehicle chargers. Chains including Wawa, Hy-Vee, and Sheetz have partnered with Tesla and other EV charging providers on chargers. Even hotels are getting in on the action. So have restaurants like Sonic and Ruby Tuesday. Now, McDonald's is looking to bring electric vehicle charging to its iconic fast food chain.