Riverside's Golden Arches Get Super Charged

                 Riverside's Golden Arches Get Super Charged

University Avenue McDonald's Restaurant Installs Riverside's First Blink®
Direct Current Fast Chargers for Electric Vehicles

PR Newswire

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 23, 2013

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A McDonald's® restaurant in
Riverside, Calif. today announced it has become the county's first and only
electric vehicle (EV) fast charge station with the installation of its Blink®
Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger. As part of its continued path to greening,
the restaurant partnered with ECOtality Inc. (NASDAQ: ECTY), a leader in clean
electric transportation and storage technologies, to provide the latest EV
charge technology to customers. The restaurant will also have a standard Blink
pedestal charging station available.

The Blink DC Fast Charger offers improved range confidence for EV customers
visiting the restaurant, which is located at 2242 University Avenue. The LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified McDonald's
restaurant worked closely with ECOtality to ensure the restaurant received the
latest in EV fast charge technology.

"It's thrilling to be Riverside's source for the latest in fast charge
technology," said Candace Spiel, McDonald's owner/operator. "For us, it all
comes down to being able to offer the Riverside community a better customer
service experience and further demonstrate our commitment to environmental
stewardship."

ECOtality is the project manager for The EV Project, supervising the largest
deployment of EV infrastructure to date. The new Blink DC Fast chargers
currently deliver the fastest charging rate available, while Blink pedestal
chargers are ideal for top off charging. McDonald's EV customers will be able
to charge their batteries up to 80% in less than 30 minutes using Blink's DC
fast charger, and there is currently no associated fee. Blink members can
charge at the Level 2 pedestal charger for as low as $1 per hour. Membership
is required for use of the Blink network, or EV owners can call for a guest
pass at the charge station. Interested EV drivers can sign up for a free Blink
membership here.

"This partnership is an important achievement for Blink as we continue to
serve all aspects of an EV drivers' charging needs," stated Brian Koontz,
National Account Sales Manager for ECOtality, Inc. "EV drivers can visit this
particular McDonald's, which has set the gold standard for sustainable
construction in the fast food industry, and recharge their vehicles while
enjoying one of the country's favorite restaurant chains."

This restaurant is owned and operated by Tom and Candace Spiel and stood as a
McDonald's for 44 years. In 2010, it was completely rebuilt to operate in a
more environmentally friendly way. In addition to the new Blink charging
stations, current green features include low flow plumbing fixtures saving
approximately 250,000 gallons of water; native drought tolerant plants to
reduce water consumption; permeable pavers to help divert about 283,000
gallons of rainfall from storm water systems; and solar panels that save
approximately 8,950 kWH per month of utility usage, which is equal to the
power usage of 13 average Riverside homes for one month. The restaurant also
includes an interactive touch screen display for visitors to learn about the
building's features, environmental sustainability and how individuals can
reduce their own carbon footprint.

The Spiel's have risen within the ranks of the McDonald's system over the last
40 years and currently own and operate nine McDonald's restaurants in the
Inland Empire located in Chino, Ontario, Montclair, Pomona, Riverside and
Rubidoux. They are members of the McDonald's Operators' Association of
Southern California, which is comprised of more than 120 small business owners
who operate more than 600 McDonald's restaurants in the counties of Los
Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

Contact: Sarah Stanley
         Porter Novelli
         323-762-2447
         Sarah.Stanley@porternovelli.com

SOURCE Southern California McDonald’s
 
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