Distributed Energy Resources - March 18, 2022
Volvo Cars Adds EV Charging at Starbucks Stores
Volvo Car USA and Starbucks are collaborating to establish the first public EV charging network at the coffee company’s U.S. stores beginning this summer.
Volvo Car USA will install 60 Volvo-branded, ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route from the Denver area to the coffee company’s Seattle headquarters. Plans include a charging location about every 100 miles, which is well within the battery range of most electric vehicles.
ChargePoint’s DC fast chargers can bring the Volvo C40 Recharge from 20% to a 90% charge in about 40 minutes.
Drivers of Volvo Recharge models with Google embedded can use the ChargePoint app integrated into their vehicle’s in-dash system, while other drivers can use the ChargePoint smartphone app to find and access the ChargePoint charging stations at participating Starbucks locations.
While all EV drivers will be able to use these stations for a fee, drivers of Volvo Cars will get the added benefit of having access to these stations at no charge or at preferential rates.
Installations on the route are expected to be complete by the end of 2022.
“Volvo Cars wants to give people the freedom to move and lower their impact on the environment,” said Anders Gustafsson, Sr. Vice President Americas and President and CEO, Volvo Car USA in a statement. “Working with Starbucks we can do that by giving them enjoyable places to relax while their cars recharge.”
Volvo Cars plans to be a fully electric car company by 2030 while Starbucks plans to continue expanding its solar pilot locations to 55 new stores this year.
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