Volvo, Starbucks plotting EV Charging path from Denver to Seattle

March 15, 2022
The subsidiary of Swedish-based Volvo would install as many as 60 branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers at as many as 15 Starbucks. The charging path would follow a route from 1,350 miles

Volvo’s Car USA and Starbucks are collaborating on a pilot to strategically install electric vehicle charging stations at some of the coffee chain’s stores in the western U.S.

The subsidiary of Swedish-based Volvo would install as many as 60 branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers at as many as 15 Starbucks. The charging path would follow a route from 1,350 miles from Denver to Starbucks’ Seattle headquarters.

The aim is for a charging station every 100 miles, to ease range fears and well within the battery range of most EVs, according to the report. The ChargePoint DC fast chargers can recharge an EV like the Volvo C40 from 20 percent to 90 percent in about 40 minutes.

Obviously, EV drivers can have a beverage and/or food at the Starbucks while they are waiting and if they chose.

"We are thrilled to partner with Volvo Cars to test how we can charge our customers’ electric vehicles at Starbucks stores," said Starbucks Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Kobori. "Imagine a future where Starbucks helps our customers to connect - more sustainably," he added.

Volvo two years ago announced it would challenge Tesla for EV supremacy and set the goal for selling close 350,000 battery-electric autos by 2025.

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