Local McDonalds Franchise and Blink Embrace Fast-Growing Electric Vehicle Demand in San Francisco Bay Area with Car Charging Services
The San Francisco Bay Area will now have access to 41 enhanced industry-leading electric vehicle (EV) charging stations owned, operated, and provided by Blink Charging Co. at 16 area McDonald’s restaurants. These stations are just an additional example of Bay Area McDonald’s commitment to sustainability. In January, McDonald’s announced new packaging and recycling goals, and in March, McDonald’s became the first restaurant company to set an approved science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The 41 charging stations are replacing stations that have already saved more than 42,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (8,000 gallons of fossil fuel) since their installation in 2013. This translates into approximately $20,000 in savings for customers.
“It is our job to be everywhere EV drivers are so that they never have to worry about how to fuel their cars,” said Blink Charging’s founder and executive chairman, Michael D. Farkas. “We’ve refitted several Bay Area McDonald’s with the best technology in the industry so local drivers can charge while enjoying a meal at their favorite restaurant.”
“We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our communities in the Bay Area,” said Chuck McKay, Director of Operations for Bay Area Restaurant Management, the franchisee of 36 McDonald’s locations in the region. “This is one of the many ways we are committed to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint we leave behind.”
The charging stations, as well as all of the others in the national Blink Network, can be located and managed by Blink network members on the free Blink mobile phone application for no annual fee. Anyone can charge their cars at Blink charging stations without a membership; however members have several benefits, such as locating charging stations, starting and stopping charging sessions from their app, discounted charging fees, and access to a free Blink InCard for paying the fees.
These Bay Area McDonald’s charging stations are open for public use at a fee of $0.49/kWh for Blink Members and $0.59/kWh for Blink Guests. Meal purchase and Blink membership is not required to use the charging stations.