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Starbucks Corporation, in partnership Volvo Cars, announced that the first Starbucks stores will have a new electric vehicle (EV), charging stations powered by ChargePoint Holdings, Inc. This is part of the company’s commitment to a sustainable future. The first Starbucks in Provo, Utah has four charging stations. Additional charging points will be located along the 1,350-mile route, which winds through national forests, and major community hubs, from the Colorado Rockies to Seattle’s Starbucks Support Center (headquarters).
These charging stations will be among the first to be available online along the 1,350-mile route. Customers can recharge their batteries and vehicles at these stations. Up to 60 DC fast charging stations will be installed in up to 15 Starbucks locations along the route by the end of the year. This will provide much-needed infrastructure for current and future EV drivers. Customers’ cars will be charging outside while drivers can enjoy their favorite Starbucks beverages inside.
Volvo Cars drivers will have access to these stations free of charge, or at a reduced rate. While drivers of any EV Equipped with a standard CCS1 or CHAdeMO receptacle wil br able to use these station for a fee.
Michael Kobori (Standard Starbucks chief sustainability officer) stated that EV charging should be as simple as getting a cup of great coffee. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Volvo, and ChargePoint and exploring new ways to improve the Starbucks Experience. And inviting customers to join us on our journey towards becoming a resource-positive business.
Anders Gustafsson (SVP Americas Region, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA) stated that Volvo Cars is all about allowing people to move in safe and sustainable ways. We can achieve this by partnering with Starbucks to offer a EV charging network that seamlessly fits into their lives, and gives them the peace of mind they can only get from their favorite cup of coffee. We are looking forward to a bright future together.
Pasquale Romano CEO of ChargePoint said, “With Volvo, Starbucks, we’re creating an elite EV driving experience between the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest.” “EV drivers will be able to fuel their cars at Starbucks locations along America’s most scenic byways through our partnership.”
Volvo Recharge models equipped with Google embedded can use ChargePoint to access the charging stations at participating Starbucks locations. Other drivers can use the mobile ChargePoint to find, pay and use the ChargePoint apps.
The full list of communities with planned EV charger-enabled Starbucks store locations along the route currently includes:
- Seattle, Wash.
- Issaquah, Wash.
- Yakima, Wash.
- Hermiston, Ore.
- La Grande, Ore.
- Nampa, Idaho
- Twin Falls, Idaho
- Unitah, Utah
- Sandy, Utah
- Provo, Utah
- Grand Junction, Colo.
- Glenwood Springs, Colo.
- Silverthorne, Colo.
- Idaho Springs, Colo.
- Broomfield, Colo.
Starbucks plans to reimagine the retail experience in a way that promotes connection, ease, and planet-positive change, just as Volvo Cars plans for a fully electric vehicle company by 2030. Starbucks is expanding its list of renewable energy projects and decarbonization projects rapidly in the U.S. to support its global goal of reducing its carbon footprint by half by 2030. This also supports its multi-decade aspiration of becoming a resource-positive business.