Dutch Drivers Can Soon Charge Their E-Cars at Every Mcdonalds

Over the next three years, 168 charging stations will be installed at every McDonalds with a drive-through in the country.

(Courtesy of Vattenfall)

The number of electric cars on the road is growing worldwide, and the Netherlands is no exception.

By the beginning of 2018, there were just under 120,000 so-called plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on Dutch roads (22,000 fully electric vehicles and 98,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles).

As with any regular car, also electric cars need to have their tanks refilled, or in this case, get fresh juice into their batteries.

Fast-food giant McDonald's and energy supplier Vattenfall's Dutch subsidiary Nuon announced a collaboration to install quick charging stations at all 168 McDrive locations in the Netherlands, according to a company press release.

The first of the charging stations will be installed by the end of 2018 and will run entirely on green electricity produced by Dutch windmills. The other 167, each of which will have two charging spots, will be installed over a three year period.

The charging stations will be so efficient and fast that drivers will be able to charge their cars in just a half hour and that leaves plenty of time for a cup of coffee or a burger and fries.

Nuon and its owner Vattenfall, have been involved in electric transport for almost 10 years and aim to make a fossil fuel-free life possible in homes, workplaces and on the road. The company already operates over 7,000 EV charging stations in the Netherlands alone and another 2,000 in Sweden and Germany.

"We are extremely proud of this agreement," said Pieter Van Ommeren, director of e-mobility Netherlands at Vattenfall said in the press release. "For all Dutch motorists to be able to drive electric, a good infrastructure with sufficient easily-accessible charging points is essential.”

One of the major drawbacks of electric cars so far has been their limited range. Knowing that a charging station will always be near will surely help a lot of drivers to make the switch to a more environmentally friendly means of transportation.

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