Volvo Cars US said on Tuesday that it was partnering with coffee giant Starbucks to create a public charging network for electric vehicle (EV) vehicles that will begin this summer.
The Swedish carmaker said its pilot facilities will have 60 Volvo-branded ChargePoint DC fast chargers in 15 Starbucks stores.
Volvo, which plans to install a charger at 100km, said it expects the facility to be completed by the end of 2022. Charging stations can be used by all EV drivers for a fee. However, Volvo car owners can use it at no cost or at a preferential rate.
The move comes in the race for automakers to overtake Tesla’s electric vehicle maker, and on Monday Ford unveiled plans for seven electric models it plans to market in Europe.
Volvo Cars, the main property of China Geely, aims to sell 50% empty and fully electric cars by the middle of this decade by 2030.
The Biden administration last month unveiled a plan to provide nearly $ 5 billion (about $ 381 million) over five years to build thousands of electric vehicle charging stations to help tackle the problem.
© Thomson Reuters 2022
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