Swedish automaker Volvo announced Tuesday the first 15 Starbucks locations where the ChargePoint EV chargers will be available along a 1,350-mile route from Seattle to the Denver area.
Later this month, Volvo will inaugurate four chargers at the first Starbucks location in Provo, Utah being able to bring the Volvo C40 Recharge from a 20 percent to a 90 percent charge in about 40 minutes.
The 15 locations are: Seattle (WA), Issaquah (WA), Yakima (WA), Hermiston (OR), La Grande (OR), Nampa (ID), Twin Falls (ID), Uintah (ID), Sandy (UT), Provo (UT), Grand Junction (CO), Glenwood Springs (CO), Silverthorne (CO), Idaho Springs (CO), and Broomfield (CO).
Last March, the automaker announced the partnership with Starbucks to install ChargePoint’s chargers improving the customer’s charging experience in Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City and Denver.
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In late-July, Volvo announced a new over-the-air (OTA) software update for all of its cars with Google built-in, with the addition of Apple CarPlay being the most anticipated by customers. The new update will be available in 14 new markets and Volvo expects it to be deployed in more than 200,000 vehicles.
Volvo has been offering OTA updates since early 2021 aiming to “make ownership easier and more flexible,” the company said.
In the last OTA software update last April, the automaker announced that all new Volvo car models are able to receive software updates, “meaning that the company is making important progress towards its ambition of making its customers’ cars better over time”.
Volvo CEO Jim Rowan said recently in an interview to Automotive News Europe, that the automaker is “tottally focused on battery-electric vehicles” while seeing a strong demand, specifically in Europe.
Recently, the automaker announced that will build its third European plant in Kosice, Slovakia. The construction of the $1.25B factory is planned to start in 2023, with equipment and production lines installed during 2024 and the series production in 2026. The facility is designed to produce up to 250,000 cars per year and allows for further expansion of the plant in the future, the automaker said.