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October 30, 2012

EV Charging Stations Make Good, Old-Fashioned Horse Sense

Cracker Barrel and eVgo Install Four New EV Fast-Charging Stations
in greater Houston
 
LEBANON, Tenn. (October 30, 2012) - Electric vehicle (EV) owners traveling in and around Houston can now get a charge at four Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations. High-powered rapid charging eVgosm Freedom Station® sites installed by eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. were unveiled today at Cracker Barrel® stores in Kingwood, League City, Pearland and W. Houston. The new charging stations, available around-the-clock for eVgo network subscribers, are a significant part of NRG’s plan to enhance their Texas network and provide more charging options to give greater range confidence to electric car drivers.
 
“Cracker Barrel has a long history of pioneering products and services that meet our guests’ needs as they travel the highways and byways across the country,” said Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran.  When the first Cracker Barrel locations opened, they had gasoline pumps out front because founder Dan Evins was a Shell Oil “jobber” who was looking for a way to sell more gasoline as well as to offer the type of good home-style food and genuine hospitality he grew up with in rural Tennessee. “The installation of electric vehicle chargers once again allows us to offer travelers a convenient, accessible place to “fill up” their cars, enjoy a meal and shop all in one stop. Together with eVgo, we are helping to make EV travel on our roadways a viable option.”
 
Each eVgo Freedom Station located at Cracker Barrel includes one DC fast charger, capable of delivering 50 miles of charge in 15 minutes, and one Level 2 charger that delivers up to 25 miles of range for every hour plugged in. With DC fast charging, Cracker Barrel guests are able to fill up in about the same time it takes to order and eat a meal.
 
There is no other metropolitan area in the country that has a greater concentration of DC fast chargers than Houston with 17 currently in operation as NRG continues to build in Texas. In June, the company installed four eVgo Freedom Station sites at Cracker Barrel stores located in Arlington, Burleson, DeSoto and Mesquite in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex where eVgo also operates its network. As the stations are installed, NRG monitors their usage and gathers information to strategically place the remaining stations to sustain and grow the network.
 
“We are proud to help make Houston more electric vehicle friendly and to take a leadership role in creating a rapid charging network for electric car drivers,” said Arun Banskota, president of eVgo. “Cracker Barrel’s proximity to highways is a natural fit for eVgo Freedom Station sites and offers EV drivers a great place to re-fuel their cars and themselves with food, fun and the electricity to fast charge their EV all in one stop.”
  
Cracker Barrel Houston Freedom Station Locations
Kingwood:      24400 Eastex Freeway
League City:   231 Gulf Freeway South 
Pearland:        11019 Shadow Creek Parkway
W. Houston:   18151 Katy Freeway 
 
About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.
 
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 620 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.
 
About eVgo
eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), is creating the nation’s first privately funded, comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem. The eVgo(SM) network gives EV owners new freedom and range confidence via home charging and fast-charging stations conveniently located at major retailers, employers and along highways across eVgo cities. eVgo allows EV owners to avoid paying large up-front costs for a home charger and provides unlimited use remote charging—all for one low monthly fee. To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit www.eVgoNetwork.com.   NRG Energy is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter choices for customers. In addition to EV charging, NRG Energy is one of the largest solar power developers in the country and is giving customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. NRG’s diverse power generating facilities can support more than 20 million homes and our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus – serve more than two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
 
 
Media contacts:
 
For Cracker Barrel
Julie Davis / (615) 443-9266
 
For eVgo
Carly Kade / 281.674.0044 
 
 
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