A plan originally penned back in 2022 is coming to fruition, as Volvo and Starbucks have joined forces to deploy DC fast chargers at select stores across the US.
The joint project resulted in the installation of 50 ChargePoint DC fast chargers at 15 Starbucks locations along a scenic 1,350-mile route between the Denver area and Seattle:
- Seattle, WA
- Issaquah, WA
- Yakima, WA
- Hermiston, OR
- La Grande, OR
- Nampa, ID
- Twin Falls, ID
- Uintah, ID
- Sandy, UT
- Provo, UT
- Grand Junction, CO
- Glenwood Springs, CO
- Silverthorne, CO
- Idaho Springs, CO
- Broomfield, CO
The new charging points can be located and accessed through the ChargePoint network. Pricing has not been provided in the press release, but it might vary between particular locations.
“Drivers of fully electric Volvo models with Google embedded can use the car’s integrated ChargePoint app to find and access stations at participating Starbucks locations, while drivers of other EVs equipped with a standard CCS1 or CHAdeMO receptacle can use the ChargePoint smartphone app.”
The Volvo- and Starbucks-branded chargers are equipped with CCS1 and CHAdeMO plugs and can be used by any electric vehicle. In the case of Volvo all-electric models like the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge, a 15-minute charging session is promised to result in up to 110 miles of replenished range.
According to Volvo, the new fast chargers will enable EV drivers to recharge at familiar places with great amenities. It’s also expected that through a combination of virtual and in-person monitoring of the charging points, any issues will be quickly resolved, minimizing downtime and consumer frustration.
Mike Cottone, President of Volvo Car USA and Canada, said:
“The value of this partnership is offering fast charging with great amenities. These Starbucks locations provide a perfect stop along a long drive to relax and quickly recharge not only the car, but the driver.”
Michael Kobori, Starbucks’ chief sustainability officer, said:
“Public EV charging should be as easy as getting a great cup of coffee – and now, it can be thanks to our partnership with Volvo Car USA. As we reimagine the Starbucks Experience of the future, we’re excited to invite our customers on our journey to become a resource positive company.”