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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Volvo To Install EV Charging Stations At Select Starbucks Branches


Volvo Cars has found an ingenious workaround for the long charge times associated with EVs by putting them at selected Starbucks outlets.

The collaboration between Volvo Cars and Starbucks will debut in the United States and will see EV charging points being setup at some of the coffee company’s stores beginning in the second half of this year.

Volvo Cars USA will install as many as 60 Volvo-branded, ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile (2,172-kilometer) route from the Denver area to the coffee company’s Seattle headquarters. Plans include a charging location about every 100 miles (160 kilometers), well within the battery range of most electric vehicles.

The effort could make charging Volvo pure electric models as easy as going to Starbucks.

ChargePoint’s DC fast chargers can bring the Volvo C40 Recharge, for example, from a 20 percent to a 90 percent charge in about 40 minutes. While their cars are recharging outside, drivers and their passengers can relax comfortably inside with their favorite Starbucks beverage.

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.

Just as Volvo Cars plans to be a fully electric car company by 2030, Starbucks aspires to lead the retail industry in decarbonization solutions, including Electric Vehicle charging and onsite solar availability at stores and in adjacent locations. Starbucks plans to continue expanding its solar pilot locations to 55 new stores this year.

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