Starbucks Corp., in partnership with Volvo Cars, announced the first Starbucks stores where new EV chargers, powered by ChargePoint Holdings Inc. will be available to customers and members of the public, “part of the company’s commitment to a sustainable future,” according to a ChargePoint news release. Four charging stations have been installed at the first Starbucks location in Provo, Utah, and additional places to charge will be positioned along a 1,350-mile route that winds through national forests and major community hubs from the Colorado Rockies to the Starbucks Support Center in Seattle.
These charging stations are among the first that are online and available along the proposed 1,350-mile route, providing customers a place to recharge both themselves and their battery-powered vehicles. By the end of the year, up to 60 DC fast chargers will be installed at up to 15 Starbucks stores approximately every 100 miles along the route, helping to provide much-needed new infrastructure for current and prospective EV drivers. While customers’ cars are recharging outside, drivers can relax comfortably inside with their favorite Starbucks beverages.
While drivers of any EV equipped with a standard CCS1 or CHAdeMO receptacle will be able to use these stations for a fee, drivers of Volvo Cars will get the added benefit of having access to these stations at no charge or at preferential rates.
“Access to EV charging should be as easy as getting a great cup of coffee – and now, it can be,” stated Michael Kobori, Starbucks chief sustainability officer. “We look forward to continuing this partnership with Volvo and ChargePoint, exploring new ways to enhance the Starbucks Experience and inviting customers on our journey to become a resource positive company.”
“Partnerships like this are hugely important as we continue to move towards a more sustainable, electrified future,” stated Anders Gustafsson, SVP Americas Region and President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. "Together with Starbucks and ChargePoint, we are creating an EV charging network that can fit seamlessly into everyday life. It’s a great compliment to Volvo Cars’ mission to give people the freedom to move in safe, sustainable and personal ways, and we look forward to the many ways we can make a positive impact together.”
“With Volvo and Starbucks, we’re creating a premium EV driving experience between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest,” stated Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. “Through our partnership, EV drivers will have the opportunity to quickly fuel their vehicles at Starbucks locations along one of America’s most scenic byways.”
Drivers of Volvo Recharge models with Google embedded can use the ChargePoint app integrated into their vehicle’s in-dash system, while others can use the mobile ChargePoint app, to find, use, and pay for access to the ChargePoint charging stations at participating Starbucks locations.
The full list of communities with planned EV charger-enabled Starbucks store locations along the route currently includes: Seattle, Issaquah, and Yakima in Washington; Hermiston and La Grande in Oregon; Nampa and Twin Falls in Idaho; Unitah, Sandy and Provo in Utah; and Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Silverthorne, Idaho Springs, and Broomfield in Colorado.