The store - which opened last week - is the first McDonald's to offer the facilities but not the first restaurant though - a Cracker Barrel store in America also offers a similar recharge station.
It's a fairly simple setup really, the car park has two designated EV recharge spaces which anyone with an EV or plug-in hybrid can park into. It was set up in conjunction with American Electric Power to demonstrate how effective this technology is and how usable it is within the city's infrastructure.
The new store in question also replaces the first ever McDonald's restaurant to open up in the West Virginia area, so the shop owner is happy to see advances take place alongside the introduction of the technology. Tom Wolf, the owner, said in a recent report,
"I wanted to offer this capability to show our customers that this new technology is here when they are ready to take advantage of it. I think it’s very fitting that the first location in West Virginia is making McDonald’s history again, being the first in the U.S. to offer the Level 2 charging stations."
The Level 2 240-volt station means a conventional Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid can be completely recharged in around five hours, although the setup in the store wasn't installed to completely recharge cars, obviously, it's there simply so customers can 'top up' their battery charge levels whilst eating.
It's a great move for the hybrid and EV and a great marketing step at the same time. It also spreads general awareness for the plug-in hybrid and EV existence.