Volvo Cars is partnering with Starbucks on a pilot electric vehicle charging network

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The Volvo logo can be seen on the front grille of a Volvo XC40 SUV on display at a Volvo showroom in Mexico City
FILE PHOTO: Volvo’s logo is seen at a Volvo showroom in Mexico City, Mexico April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf

March 15, 2022

(Reuters) – Volvo Cars US announced on Tuesday that it is partnering with coffee giant Starbucks Corp to build a public electric vehicle (EV) charging network, due to begin this summer.

The Swedish automaker said its pilot installations would include up to 60 Volvo-branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks stores.

Volvo plans to have a charger installed every 100 miles and expects installations to be complete by the end of 2022. The charging stations could be used by all EV drivers for a fee. However, owners of Volvo cars could use them for free or at preferential rates.

The move comes as automakers race to acquire EV maker Tesla Inc., with Ford Motor Co on Monday unveiling plans for seven new electric models to launch in Europe.

Volvo Cars, which is mostly owned by China’s Geely Holding, aims to sell 50% pure electric cars by mid-decade and fully electric cars by 2030.

The Biden administration also unveiled its plan last month to allocate nearly $5 billion over five years to building thousands of electric vehicle charging stations to combat this problem.

(Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber) Volvo Cars is partnering with Starbucks on a pilot electric vehicle charging network


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