Recharge your brain and your battery at the same time
First network would run from Seattle to Denver
Volvo Cars is looking at making its own EV charge network, but it won’t limit use of the plugs to only its own vehicles. The company plans a pilot along with Starbucks to put chargers at 15 of the coffee company’s stores starting this summer.
The collaboration between car and coffee companies would be the first time Starbucks has installed a network of public EV chargers. As many as 60 Volvo-branded DC fast chargers will be installed at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 2,200 km route from Denver to the Starbucks HQ in Seattle.
Run by ChargePoint, the plan would put a plug approximately every 160 km, allowing nearly every EV to run between the plugs without issue.
Volvo Cars says that the DC fast chargers would boost a Volvo C40 Recharge from 20 to 90 percent in about 40 minutes, giving the driver and any passengers time for a drink and some pastry at Starbucks.
All EV drivers will be able to use the charging stations, but Volvo drivers would get either free charging or preferential rates. They would also be able to use the ChargePoint app embedded in their car’s Google operating system to find and access the charging stations.
The route, connecting the Rockys and Pacific Northwest, is set to be finished 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. “Working with Starbucks we can do that by giving them enjoyable places to relax while their cars recharge.”