Coffee & Charge? Volvo Is Exploring EV Charging Network At U.S. Starbucks Stores
For drivers who own a Volvo pure electric model, your next morning fill up may be as easy as going to Starbucks.
Volvo is partnering with Starbucks to establish the first ever public electric-vehicle charging network powered by ChargePoint at the coffee conglomerate’s U.S. stores beginning this summer.
Volvo Car USA plans to install as many as 60 Volvo-branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route. The path would essentially run from the Denver area all the way to the coffee company’s Seattle headquarters. The plan is to include a charging location about every 100 miles along the route - a distance that is well within the battery range of most electric vehicles.
ChargePoint’s DC fast chargers can bring vehicles like the Volvo C40 Recharge from a 20 percent charge to 90 percent charge in as little as 40 minutes. The best part? Drivers can do a little “recharging” themselves and relax comfortably inside and enjoy their favorite Starbucks beverage while their vehicle charges.
Additionally, drivers of Volvo Recharge models with Google embedded can use the ChargePoint app that is integrated into their vehicle’s in-dash system. Other drivers can utilize the ChargePoint smartphone app, which will help drivers find and access the ChargePoint charging stations at participating Starbucks locations.
Though these stations will be available for use for all EV drivers (for a fee), Volvo owners will get the added benefit of having access to these stations at preferential rates or no charge.
The charging station installations are expected to be complete by the end of this year, giving EV drivers traveling between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest a route of reliable, clean, and safe places to recharge both themselves and their battery-powered vehicles.
“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.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Volvo Cars to test how we can charge our customers’ electric vehicles at Starbucks stores, said Michael Kobori, Chief Sustainability Officer at Starbucks. “Imagine a future where Starbucks helps our customers to connect----more sustainably.”
This partnership between the two companies makes sense at its core. Volvo plans to be a fully electric car company by 2030, and Starbucks aspires to lead the retail industry in decarbonization solutions, an initiative that includes Electric Vehicle charging and onsite solar availability at stores. Starbucks plans to expand its solar pilot locations to an additional 55 stores this year.
“ChargePoint is enabling accessible EV charging opportunities anywhere drivers need it,” said Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint. “We’re excited to support Volvo Cars' road to electrification, and help provide a premium driving experience for its customers to plan charging stops around their favorite Starbucks locations in select west coast destinations.”