Volta introduces free DC fast charging service for electric vehicles
Volta announced it is introducing a free, public-access DC fast-charging network. The new fast-charge stations are designed to add up to 350 miles (563 km) of range per hour and are compatible with a wide variety of the most popular electric vehicles. Volta says it will install the first 150 stations nationwide over the next 12 months at busy retail locations with strategic real estate partners. The fast chargers will be placed alongside Volta’s Level 2 stations with the intent of accommodating quick visits to places like grocery stores and coffee shops.
“Volta’s free DC fast charging program represents a shift in the industry that no other publicly available charging brand can match. For the first time, electric car drivers will be able to experience the satisfaction of quick and free charging at places where they already spend their time. Imagine getting the equivalent of seven gallons of gas free every time you visit your local shopping center,” said Scott Mercer, Volta’s Founder and CEO. “Our charger network is designed to intelligently expand the critical infrastructure needed for electric vehicle adoption, while inspiring the public to ditch gas and go electric.”
Drivers will reportedly pay nothing for their first 30 minutes of Volta DC fast charging. To provide this service, Volta says it optimizes the convergence of electric vehicles, real estate owners, and brands. Brick and mortar locations "benefit by attracting upscale customers and hosting them for longer while sponsoring brands leverage the stations to generate meaningful uplift," according to the company.
Volta will leverage a combination of data modeling and venue customer behavior to determine the optimal ratio of Level 2 and DC fast charging stations for each location. The new Volta DC fast-charging stations will range in power from 50 kW to 100 kW, with charging initiated via Volta’s mobile app. After the initial free, 30-minute charge is completed, drivers will have the option to pay to continue their session.
Volta says its recently announced funding will be used to accelerate the deployment of DC fast-charging stations across the country. The new DC fast-charging stations locations will be selected using data-driven models that forecast charging trends.
The first Volta DC fast-charging station will be available for use in Norwalk, CT, later this month. The company will subsequently focus on major metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.