Volvo Cars USA is building an EV charging network at Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route between Seattle and Denver – FutureCar.com

Author: Eric Walz

Volvo Cars USA is building a public electric vehicle charging network that will connect the cities of Seattle, Washington and Denver, Colorado. EV chargers will be located at Starbucks locations along the route and will allow EV drivers to travel between the two cities without having to worry about running out of juice.

The chargers will be installed in popular cafes from this summer and will be operated by ChargePoint. All EV chargers should be installed along the route by the end of the year.

“ChargePoint provides accessible electric vehicle charging wherever drivers need it,” said Pasquale Romano, President and CEO of ChargePoint. “We are excited to support Volvo Cars’ road to electrification and help deliver a premium driving experience for its customers to schedule charging stops around their favorite Starbucks locations in select West Coast destinations. .”

Volvo Cars said it will install up to 60 Volvo-branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route between the Denver area and the coffee company’s headquarters. in Seattle.

The Denver-Seattle route will provide EV drivers traveling between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest with convenient and reliable places to stop and charge their cars. Volvo says the public charging network will make charging its vehicles as easy as going to Starbucks.

“Volvo Cars wants to give people the freedom to move and reduce 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 nice places to hang out while their cars charge up.”

Plans include installing EV chargers approximately every 100 miles, which is enough for most new EVs that easily travel more than 200 miles on a full charge.

The 1,350-mile electric vehicle charging network will include ChargePoint’s DC fast chargers, which are capable of recharging Volvo’s C40 Recharge electric SUV from 20 to 90 per cent charge in around 40 minutes. Being located at Starbucks means EV drivers can enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack while waiting for their vehicle to charge.

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Volvo’s C40 Recharge also comes with Google’s Android Automotive operating system built-in, which powers the vehicle’s infotainment system. C40 drivers can use the ChargePoint app built into their vehicle’s in-dash system to locate and get directions to nearby chargers at various Starbucks locations.

Volvo Cars drivers will have the added benefit of accessing these stations for free or at preferential rates, as all 2022 Volvo EVs come standard with 250kWh DC Fast Charging (CCS) and Level 2 Free for 3 years, and a subsequent 12-month Pass+ subscription with charging provider Electrify America to meet charging needs outside of Starbucks locations.

Drivers of other electric vehicles can use the ChargePoint smartphone app to find and access chargers. All EV drivers will be able to use these stations for a fee.

Starbucks aspires to be the retail industry leader in carbon-reducing solutions by offering electric vehicle charging and on-site solar power availability in its stores and adjacent locations. The coffee chain plans to expand its solar pilot locations to 55 new stores this year.

A year ago, Volvo announced that it was on track to become an all-electric carmaker by 2030. Establishing a network of conveinent electric vehicle chargers across North America will help this objective. The company is electrifying its entire model line, replacing all of its internal combustion engine models by then.

In the meantime, Volvo is aiming for hybrid models to make up 50% of its offering by 2025, but eventually the automaker’s hybrid models will be replaced by fully electric vehicles by 2030.

Volvo’s transition to an all-electric car company is part of its ambitious plan to tackle climate change, but it’s also a way for the company to adapt to a changing automotive industry that is rapidly moving towards the global climate. ‘electrification.

“There’s no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” Volvo chief technology officer Henrik Green said when the company announced it would go all-electric. in March 2021. “We are firmly committed to becoming an automotive manufacturer and the transition should take place by 2030. This will allow us to meet the expectations of our customers and be part of the solution when it comes to combating climate change. .

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