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Volvo, Starbucks Plan To Install EV Chargers Along Denver-Seattle Route

Volvo Car USA and Starbucks this week said they plan to install electric vehicle charging stations along a 1,350-mile route between Denver and Seattle.

The collaboration calls for the installation of as many as 60 Volvo-branded ChargePoint direct current (DC) fast chargers at up to 15 Starbucks locations along the Seattle-Denver route.

The charging stations, which will be located at roughly 100-mile intervals along the route, will be available to all electric vehicle owners. Owners of Volvo electric vehicles, however, will pay no charge or receive preferential rates. Owners of other electric vehicles would pay a fee.

Drivers of Volvo Recharge models with Google embedded can use the ChargePoint app in the vehicle to find and access ChargePoint charging stations at participating Starbucks locations. Other drivers will be able to use the ChargePoint smartphone app to find and access charging stations, the companies said.

The companies expect the installation of the charging stations to be complete by the end of 2022.

When the charging stations are installed added along the Denver-Seattle route they will bolster existing networks of electric vehicle charging stations in the western United States.

Last June, Electrify America completed its first string of cross-country fast charging, DC electric vehicle charging stations along an interstate highway route that spans 2,700 miles across 11 states.

Electrify America is a subsidiary of Volkswagen of America.

Also last June, a group representing over a dozen West Coast utilities released the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative, which recommends adding electric vehicle charging stations for freight haulers and delivery trucks along the Interstate-5 corridor that runs from Canada to Mexico.