Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Volvo Cars have partnered to install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at the Starbucks store in Nampa, powered by ChargePoint (NYSE: CHPT). These chargers are open to the public, in line with both companies’ sustainability goals.
At the Starbucks store on Northside and Highway 84, two EV chargers have been set up as part of a pilot project to electrify a key route connecting Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City and Denver for EV travel.
“EV charging should be as easy as getting a great cup of coffee – and now, it can be,” said Michael Kobori, Starbucks chief sustainability officer in a release. “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.”
The plan involves installing up to 60 DC fast chargers at approximately 15 Starbucks locations along a 1,350-mile route from the Colorado front range to Starbucks Support Center in Seattle. This initiative aims to provide convenient and familiar EV charging locations for drivers.
The strategic route passes through scenic areas and iconic destinations, catering to zero tailpipe-emission EV drivers. Starbucks intends to place chargers roughly every 100 miles along the route, offering essential infrastructure for current and potential EV owners in the Sandy and Salt Lake City regions.
“With Volvo and Starbucks, we’re creating a premium EV driving experience between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest,” said Pasquale Romano, chief executive officer 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.”
ChargePoint’s DC Fast Chargers can significantly charge vehicles, such as the Volvo C40 Recharge, in around 40 minutes. Starbucks is planning to provide EV chargers at various locations along the route, including cities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.
While these charging stations are accessible to all EV drivers for a fee, Volvo Car owners may enjoy additional benefits such as free or preferential rates. This initiative aligns with Volvo’s goal to become a fully electric car company by 2030, and Starbucks’ commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030.
“Partnerships like this are hugely important as we continue to move towards a more sustainable, electrified future,” said 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.”