Volvo to charge EV drivers at 15 Starbucks stores
Drivers of electric vehicles will be able to get more than a caffeine load at select Starbucks locations this year.
Volvo Car United States said on Tuesday that it would be collaboration with Starbucks in a pilot project to add around 60 electric vehicle charging stations in 15 cafes starting this summer.
Locations will be scattered along the 1,350-mile route from Denver to Starbucks headquarters in Seattle. As Volvo finalizes exact locations, charging stations will be no more than 100 miles apart, the company said.
“We know there’s a gap in public charging, and our consumers don’t want to sit in the back of a dimly lit parking lot,” said Alex Tripi, Volvo Car USA program manager. Automotive News. “It’s a great opportunity to make sure it’s a controlled experience and give them the amenities they want and expect.”
Around four Volvo brands Charging point DC fast chargers will be installed in each of the Starbucks locations.
While all electric vehicle owners will be able to use the chargers, Volvo drivers will be able to use them for free or at a reduced price, the company said.
Volvo expects the installations to be completed by the end of 2022. Tripi said there is potential to expand to other Starbucks stores in the future if the launch is successful.