VOLVO AND STARBUCKS PARTNER TO DEVELOP A NETWORK OF FAST-CHARGING STATIONS
More than a year ago, Volvo proposed a partnership with the Starbucks coffee chain to develop a network of fast-charging stations. In addition to helping reduce the operating costs associated with such a deployment, this alliance helps provide the Swedish brand’s customers with the most enjoyable charging experience. “We’re directing EV drivers to where the conveniences they want are—clean bathrooms, food and well-lit parking,” Alex Tripi, head of electrification at Volvo Car USA, told Automotive News. This new “convenience-based” approach will begin with a pilot project. By the end of the year, nearly 60 fast chargers will be located at 15 Starbucks coffee shops along the 1,350-mile stretch between the Colorado Range and Starbucks’ Seattle headquarters. The ChargePoint-branded chargers will feature the Volvo logo.
Currently, only Tesla has its own network, while the other players rely on those already in operation and built with public and private funding.