Volvo Cars and Starbucks announced a pilot partnership that could bring fast EV chargers to up to 15 of the coffee giant's locations along a route from Denver to Seattle.
The project is expected to deploy up to 60 ChargePoint DC Fast Chargers at Starbucks locations about 100 miles apart along the 1,350-mile route. The charging network should be complete by the end of the year, the companies said.
The chargers will be open to drivers of non-Volvo EVs, as well.Courtesy: Starbucks
An inadequate charging network remains a limiting factor for EV uptake in the U.S.
According to the policy think tank Third Way, the U.S. needs more than 1 million new charging stations to support President Biden's goal of EVs accounting for 50% of car sales by 2030.
The administration wants to deploy 500,000 EV chargers across the U.S. as part of a national network. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $5 billion of funds for states to build out the network, along with $2.5 billion to ensure the network doesn't leave behind rural and disadvantaged communities.