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Starbucks has officially entered the field of electric cars in alliance with Volvo

Starbucks has officially entered the field of electric cars in alliance with Volvo

With only 32,000 fast chargers available, Starbucks’ initiative comes to meet the growing demand for charging stations (Reuters/Starbucks)

As part of its partnership with Swedish automaker Volvo, Starbucks has launched electric vehicle charging stations (Eve) at 15 locations along the 1,609 km route Denver And Seattle. The 50 charging stations are located at the company’s headquarters in states such as: Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon And WashingtonAnd capable of recharging any electric vehicle equipped with CCS1 or CHAdeMO connectors.

quartz He noted that the integration of these stations responds to the emerging need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in North America, which has only 32,000 direct current (DC) fast chargers available to the public, in contrast to the more than 2.3 million electric vehicles. in the country.

Spokesman Starbucks Commented on quartz Who chose this experimental route because of a lot Seattle how Denver These are fast-growing markets for electric cars, and the road connecting them does not have sufficient charging infrastructure, which represents an opportunity to connect the two cities.

American interest in Eve It is increasing, and with it the need for more charging stations. In response, food chains and retailers such as Taco Bell, Whole Foods, 7-Eleven And subway They are adding or planning to add chargers for electric vehicles in their stores.

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Most electric cars in the United States, with the exception of those made by Tesla, use CCS1 connectors for charging. This system, known as combined charging, was developed by the European Automobile Association and is most commonly used in North America.

Instead, CHAdeMO connectors were developed in Japanwhich is adopted by some Asian manufacturers such as April For old models. For this part, Tesla It developed its own connector, called the North American Charging Standard (NACS), before creating the CCS.

Already last year, the company Elon Musk He allowed other car companies to use his design, companies like General Motors, Ford, Volvo, Hyundai, sling And Mercedes announced that its new models Eve will merge Nax.

Starbucks said it plans to offer charging stations compatible with NACS connectors and is “exploring partnerships” with other automakers to open more electric vehicle charging stations in the future. quartz.

In possible cooperation with other manufacturers, the company plans to expand its network of charging stations for models equipped with a NACS connector (Reuters/Chip East)

Growing interest in electric cars in United State Responds to economic and environmental factors. On the economic front, consumers are attracted to government incentives that offer significant tax breaks, which helps make purchasing these vehicles affordable for everyone.

In turn, these incentives are part of policies aimed at reducing polluting emissions and promoting clean technologies, in line with national-level sustainability goals.

Furthermore, the appeal of the lower operating cost of electric vehicles compared to conventional engines cannot be underestimated, a direct benefit linked to the energy efficiency and lower maintenance requirements of the vehicles. Eve.

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On the other hand, expanding and improving charging infrastructure Electric car It was crucial in increasing its adoption. Installing charging stations and more accessible home charging solutions makes everyday use of these vehicles easier, alleviating range concerns.

A combination of political will, technological innovation and environmental awareness, supported by information from entities such as Energy Information Administration And the Environmental Protection Agencymodels a scenario in which American consumer interest in electric vehicles continues to rise.