Volvo and Starbucks create a (small-scale) charging network for electric vehicles

  • Volvo and Starbucks add 1,350 miles of Fast ChargePoint DC chargers from Seattle to Denver.
  • The network of chargers will be available to all drivers of electric and hybrid cars, but Volvo models benefit from either a reduced price or free use of chargers.
  • Look for the shipping route to be fully online by the end of the year.

    Starbucks no longer only serves people looking for a quick recharge. The coffee shop is now working with Volvo to ensure that the hybrid and battery electric vehicles are able to be recharged at a number of its locations.

    Don’t get too excited, though. While Starbucks appears to have a store on every other corner of most major metropolitan areas, the company only intends to offer up to 60 ChargePoint DC fast chargers in up to 15 stores along a route that stretches from Seattle, Washington, to Denver, Colorado. That’s less than 0.1 percent of the number of coffee shops Starbucks operates in the United States, according to it Data Corporation ScrapeHero.

    However, if all goes according to plan, these chargers are set to appear approximately 100 miles from each other, ensuring electric vehicle drivers don’t need to worry about running out of charge while traveling from their Starbucks home to Mile-High City and back.

    Although the Volvo brand may adorn fast chargers covering nearly 1,350 miles, the Swedish automaker intends to allow all PHEV and EV drivers to plug in for a fee. However, owners of electric recharging models (XC40 and C40) will get these chargers for a lower fee, or even for free. Look for installation of these chargers to be completed by the end of 2022.

    Hopefully, this signals the launch of a larger network of Starbucks-based ChargePoint DC fast chargers across the country as well, since there are few better ways to kill the time it takes to quickly charge a PHEV or EV than anywhere with it for free. Wifi and good – or at least acceptable – coffee. This is sure to kill time inside your vehicle because it’s charging in an empty parking lot.

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