Starbucks, in a bid to take advantage of the expanding electric vehicle (EV) market, is deploying a new line of EV charging stations at storefronts between Denver and Seattle, 1 per roughly every 100 miles. By the end of 2022, 60 fast-charge stations across 15 locations will be up and running, offering a place to sip coffee while your vehicle charges.
Charging an EV away from home will usually require parking your vehicle for between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on the model of car. According to Michael Kobori, Starbucks’ chief sustainability officer, this is a sensible opportunity for the coffee chain. “This is pairing the idea of electric vehicle charging with the fact that, if you’re on a trip, you’re going to stop in in the morning anyway to get your Starbucks, to get your beverage, to get your breakfast. And as you’re sitting there, getting ready for the day and planning out your route and checking out, your car is just charging.”
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