Volvo Just Opened 50 Fast Chargers Across 15 U.S. Starbucks Locations

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Volvo and Starbucks just teamed up to roll out 50 speedy electric vehicle chargers at 15 Starbucks spots across the U.S. So, while sipping your next Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai, you can juice up your ride.

The collaboration between Volvo Car USA and Starbucks aims to amp up public EV charging options. Picture this: 50 Volvo Cars-and-Starbucks-branded DC fast chargers sprinkled across 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route from Denver to Seattle.

Zooming in on Volvo’s 2024 models, like the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge, they claim to add up to 110 miles of range in a quick 15-minute pitstop.

Why the charging station spree? The goal is to provide electric vehicle drivers with a network of familiar pit stops to recharge both their cars and themselves. And there’s a promise of enhanced reliability too—thanks to a blend of virtual and in-person monitoring, issues get a swift resolution, minimizing downtime and keeping drivers frustration-free. Now, that’s a boost for both your car and your coffee run.

These DC fast chargers, courtesy of ChargePoint, come with both CCS1 and CHAdeMO connectors, accessible on ChargePoint’s network. Translation: Any compatible electric vehicle can use them (just a heads up, Tesla EVs might need an adapter).

Embarking on the scenic journey from Denver to Seattle takes you through six national forests. Highlights include the Snoqualmie Pass in Washington, the vast stretch of the Snake River in Idaho, the beauty of Arches National Park in Utah, and connections to outdoor havens like Park City and Vail.

For your caffeine fix on the road, here’s a lineup of Starbucks locations with Volvo-branded chargers:

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

Testing the new charging points, as reported by Newsweek, revealed that using the ChargePoint app demanded some patience and tolerance, while the ChargePoint card in Apple Wallet, linked to a credit card, worked seamlessly. Power output varied, with most chargers hitting 120 kilowatts, though some operated at 60 kilowatts.

Looking ahead, Volvo Cars aims to go all-electric by 2030, and Starbucks has its sights set on halving its carbon footprint by the same year.

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