Volvo Car USA and Starbucks have teamed up to make interstate EV travel a little easier. The companies will install as many as 60 Volvo-branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route from Seattle to Denver along stretches of I-90, I-82, I-84, and I-70. Travelers from Portland can pick up the system near Pendleton on I-84
Plans include a charging location about every 100 miles, well within the battery range of most electric vehicles. The route passes through Boise and Salt Lake City on its way to Denver.
The effort is intended to make charging an EV on a road trip as easy as going to Starbucks. For example, ChargePoint's DC fast chargers can bring the all-new 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge from a 20 percent to a 90 percent charge in about 40 minutes. Other electric vehicles with DC Fast Charging capability will have similar charge times.
While their cars are recharging, drivers and their passengers can take a break. Of course, Starbucks hopes they'll buy a beverage and a snack while they're waiting.
Volvo's all-electric and plug-in hybrid Recharge models now come with Google Assistant, so they can use the ChargePoint app integrated into the vehicle's in-dash system. However, any person with the ChargePoint smartphone app can locate and access the ChargePoint charging stations at participating Starbucks locations.
While all EV drivers will be able to use these stations for a fee, Volvo drivers will enjoy access to these stations at no charge, or at least at lower rates. ChargePoint installations on the route are expected to be complete by the end of 2022, giving EV drivers traveling between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest a string of attractive options to rest and recharge.
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