Volta to Field Ad-Driven Charging Network
One of the drawbacks to owning an electric car is finding charging stations away from home. Beyond that, once you do find one, some require special payment methods or memberships. Well, the electric charging network company Volta is trying to change that. Volta is now fielding the nation’s first and only free, public-access DC fast charging network. Seen above with Volvo’s new Polestar 1 PHEV, Volta’s new advertiser supported fast charge stations can add up to 350 miles of range per hour and are compatible with a wide variety of the most popular electric vehicles. Volta will install the first 150 large video screen stations nationwide over the next 12 months at busy retail locations with strategic real estate partners. Effectively enabling Volta to better match driver needs with each destination’s charging amenities, the fast chargers will be placed alongside Volta’s Level 2 stations to accommodate quick visits to places like grocery stores and coffee shops. Advertisements will enable Volta to provide the first 30 minutes of change time for free. That is the equivalent of receiving up to 175 miles worth of free fuel. After the initial free, 30-minute charge is completed, drivers will have the option to pay to continue their session.