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Volta Appoints Media Industry Leader Kathy Savitt to Board of Directors

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Former Yahoo CMO Will Serve as the First Independent Director For National EV Charging and Media Network

Media Industry Leader Kathy Savitt Joins Volta Board of Directors

San Francisco, CA (February 7, 2019) Volta Charging, the leading purpose-driven media platform, today announced the appointment of marketing and technology veteran Kathy Savitt to its Board of Directors. Savitt, Volta’s first Independent Director, will add additional media and brand expertise to the Board, helping the company expand its industry relationships and market position.

Savitt previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Media at Yahoo where she led the brand’s worldwide marketing, customer experience, and editorial teams including Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo’s content and media partnership strategy. She
is currently a founding partner at Perch Partners, a global strategic advisory firm for Fortune 500 and venture-backed start-ups.
“I am proud to join the Board leadership of Volta Charging,” said Kathy Savitt. “The Company has made rapid, impressive strides with consumers, media, real estate and investment partners. I look forward to supporting Volta as it scales and grows globally.”

Volta has developed a network of the country’s most utilized electric vehicle charging stations. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with advertisers to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts without cost. Volta operates operate nationwide in nearly all of the top 10 media markets, in addition to its initial launch market, Hawaii. Recent advertisers on Volta’s network include Facebook, Netflix, Jaguar and Nissan, among others.

Before joining Yahoo, Savitt served as CEO of Lockerz, a company she founded in 2009 with the mission of revolutionizing the way Generation Z discovers and consumes content and products. Prior to Lockerz, she also held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
at American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., where she ran both the global marketing efforts of the company’s portfolio of brands and the digital and e-commerce channels. Savitt also served as Vice President of Strategic Communications, Content and Entertainment Initiatives for Amazon.com, spearheading the development of Amazon’s first original entertainment initiatives.

“Kathy is not only a recognized authority in media and marketing, but a visionary as well,” said Scott Mercer, Founder and CEO, Volta Charging. “She has consistently been on the cutting edge of media and technology, first at Amazon, then at Yahoo. We can’t wait to put her insights to use as we change the way brands think about media, and the way drivers think about the planet.”

Savitt is currently is a board member of Picket (PropTech for residential real estate), Hey Charlotte (Subscription-based social network) and Flippable (data-driven, people-powered movement to restore democracy). A graduate of Cornell University, she has also served on several public boards including Alaska Air Group and Build-A-Bear Workshop over the past 15 years.

About Volta
Volta is changing the dynamic of mobility infrastructure. Volta Charging has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle (EV) charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with brands to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts free of cost. Volta also works closely with municipalities and industry groups with a stated commitment to emissions reduction. Volta currently operates citywide EV charging networks in more than 50 municipalities, and was also named to the Global Cleantech 100 in 2019. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York City, and is always looking for new transportation problems to solve. To learn more visit www.voltacharging.com.

Media Contact
Rachel Honig, Amplify Cooperative
rachel.honig@voltacharging.com

Volta Charging Named Global Cleantech Rising Star Company of the Year

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San Francisco, CA, (28 January 2019) Volta Charging, the country’s most utilized public electric vehicle charging network, was named by Cleantech Group to the prestigious 2019 Global Cleantech 100.  

The Global Cleantech 100 list, an annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation, features the private, independent, and for-profit companies best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges. This year marks the 10th edition of the list, and Volta’s first appointment to the Global 100.

At a gala dinner of the Global 100, Volta Charging was also named the Rising Star Company of the Year Award, an award given to the highest-ranked new entrant in the list, which was selected from over 13,000 innovators in more than 90 countries.

“Volta is proud to join the venerable list of the Cleantech Global 100,” said Scott Mercer, Founder and CEO of Volta Charging.  “Our unique model is disrupting the EV charging industry – placing stations where most utilized, monetized by media demand and sponsorships.   We look forward to many more years to come on the Global 100 list, and perhaps even to potential collaborations with its participants as we collectively work towards a cleaner tomorrow.”

Volta has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with advertisers to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts without cost. Volta operates nationwide with its largest networks in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Portland and Seattle. 2019 expansions will include  New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and Detroit.

The list combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from nominations and insight from a global 87-member expert panel comprised of leading investors and experts from corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the cleantech innovation ecosystem.

“Our tenth edition is dominated by innovations for the future of food and mobility, and a decentralized and digitized future not only for energy, but for the industrial world more generally,said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “This is a far cry from the dominance of hardware, solar and biofuels in the inaugural Global Cleantech 100 in 2009.”

The complete list of 100 companies was revealed on January 28th at the 17th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

About Volta

Volta is changing the dynamic of mobility infrastructure. Volta Charging has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle (EV) charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with brands to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts free of cost. Volta also works closely with municipalities and industry groups with a stated commitment to emissions reduction. Volta currently operates citywide EV charging networks in more than 50 municipalities. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York City, and is always looking for new transportation problems to solve. To learn more visit www.voltacharging.com.

About Cleantech Group

Cleantech® Group provides research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, we bring corporate change makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the access and customized support they need to thrive in a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient future. The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco.

Media Contacts:
Rachel Honig

Amplify Cooperative for Volta Charging
rachel.honig@voltacharging.com

Laura Dolby  

Cleantech Group
laura.dolby@cleantech.com

Give Your EV A Coffee Break

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It’s 2019, and we’re at the cusp of an e-mobility transition around the world, but many people are still concerned about how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle. This is a valid concern, but perhaps we’re thinking about it with the wrong mindset. Another mindset is “topping up” your charge while performing another activity like getting coffee or grocery shopping, rather than “filling up.”

The One EV Mistake Almost Everyone Makes

It’s easy to think of the EV charging experience like it’s a gas station experience. You visit an EV charging station to charge your car to 100% in X minutes, where X has to get smaller and smaller for EVs to become mainstream. This is a fallacy, but one that’s understandable since that’s the only way we’ve refuelled a majority of our vehicles for the last 110 years. 

The Coffee Break Mindset

The average daily commute in the US is 29 miles (according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics), and 12 miles in India ( It is an extrapolated value from 2011 census data set). Imagine you top up your car every day, You can top it up it at a grocery store, coffee shop, office building or at home. 

For the average commuter in the US, It takes 6 hours to charge at home overnight, 1 hour at work or just 10 minutes at a coffee shop or grocery store to achieve their daily commute.

The same scenario in India would take 2.5 hours to charge at home overnight, 35 minutes at work or 4 minutes at a grocery store or coffee shop. 

The coffee break mindset allows you to think in terms of daily charging instead of the standard mentality of it takes “X mins” to charge my car to 100%. 

So what does this all mean? 

Of course for longer trips a certain number of faster chargers on major freeways will be needed, but for most of our daily experience the “coffee break” mentality is precisely what we need to drive adoption of EV’s worldwide. Charging your car is as simple as grabbing a coffee.

Appendix/Methodology/References:

1) Calculations

1) https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7046253

2) https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/EV-Ecosystem-Strategy.pdf

3) http://www.pluginrecharge.com/2010/01/test.html

4) https://www.bts.gov/statistical-products/surveys/national-household-travel-survey-daily-travel-quick-facts

5) https://www.reuters.com/article/india-pollution-power/india-power-tariffs-could-rise-62-93-paise-kwh-power-minister-idUSL4N1OX1PP

6) http://www.pluginindia.com/mahindra-everito-review.html

7) https://www.downtoearth.org.in/dte-infographics/commute_to_work.html

8) https://www.clippercreek.com/three-things-determine-ev-charge-time/

Adapted from a post originally published by Siddharth Sridharan via LinkedIn.

Campaign Heralding Compass’ Expansion Into McLean, Virginia Will Sponsor D.C.-Area EV Charging Stations

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Volta Station in the Washington, D.C. market.

MCLEAN, VA ( November 8, 2018) Volta, a leader in mobility infrastructure, and Compass, a real estate technology company, today announced the launch of Compass’ Where Technology, Service and Your Home Collide campaign at the Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA. The Campaign, which will run through the end of the year, is designed to underscore Compass’ unique differentiations in the real estate market, particularly in technology. By sponsoring free charging on Volta Charging Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, COMPASS is demonstrating its commitment to D.C.-area residents, and their environment, by affording them a cleaner and healthier community.

Volta has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations such as malls and supermarkets in top media markets and partnering with advertisers to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and site hosts without cost. With over 1,000 faces on Volta stations nationwide available for sponsorship opportunities today, Volta allows brands to demonstrate innovation while enhancing the quality of life in the communities they serve.

“At Compass, we believe in leveraging technology to enhance the lives of the agents, clients and communities that we serve. Our support of Volta’s EV charging network directly aligns with this goal and we are proud to put our media dollars to work by sponsoring a green amenity,” said Kimberly Harris, General Manager of Compass in the D.C. Metro Area.

The DC area campaign is the second partnership between Compass and Volta. The first, a collaboration at the same time last year, sponsored chargers in Beverly Hills and Venice, CA.

“Compass has a strong commitment to the communities it serves. By leveraging the Volta EV network, they are extending their media buy beyond the screen, and giving back to the greater Washington, D.C. area at large,” said Mike Schott, SVP, Media, Volta Charging.

About Compass
Compass is a real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. We deliver an incomparable experience to both agents and their clients all in service of the Compass mission: to help everyone find their place in the world. Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass operates in major markets across the United States including: New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Westchester, Santa Barbara and Montecito, The Hamptons and Aspen. Learn more and find your place at compass.com/careers.

About Volta
Volta builds networks that move the world forward. Volta Charging has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle (EV) charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with brands to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts free of cost. Volta also works closely with municipalities and industry groups with a stated commitment to emissions reduction. Volta currently operates citywide EV charging networks in more than 50 municipalities. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York City, and is always looking for new transportation problems to solve. To learn more visit www.voltacharging.com.

Media Contact:
Rachel Honig, Amplify Cooperative
rachel.honig@voltacharging.com

Volta Marks Zero Emissions Day By Delivering its 25 Millionth Free Mile

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Volta Charging stations at the Oracle Arena / Oakland Coliseum in the Northern California market.

Together, Volta partners and drivers have surpassed a significant milestone of 25 million free, electric miles delivered across our network of charging stations.

This notable milestone translates into obvious benefits to drivers of electric vehicles   (EVs), but also represents significant benchmarks and value to Volta site partners and, of course, the environment at large.

Site partners (the malls, markets and stadiums that have installed Volta charging stations) have seen particularly compelling results. Using charging sessions as a proxy for visits, installing a free Volta station can be associated with a 64% increase in EV driving customer visits to a Volta retail partner location. Charging users have also spent more than 2 million hours shopping at Volta partner retail sites, while topping off for free. In short, they are visiting more and staying longer, rewarding Volta Charging site partners with more business.

Those 25 million free miles also represent over 550,000 gallons of gas saved and nearly 11 million pounds of CO2 offset. The environmental benefit of that offset is equivalent to planting more than 125,000 trees.

“The EV drivers who utilize Volta Charging stations are already a step ahead in their individual commitment to zero emissions,” said Scott Mercer, CEO, Volta. “Volta is proud to do our part for the environment, and the planet, each and every day, especially today, on this 10 year anniversary of Zero Emissions Day.”

Governor’s Executive Order Will Make CA Electric Vehicles 50x Cleaner by 2045

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volta electric vehicle chrging sttion at crissy field san francisco california

Electric vehicles charged on the California electricity grid are already some of the cleanest cars around at 109 MPGe. Thanks to Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order to Achieve Carbon Neutrality released last night, they’re about to get even cleaner.

MPGe by State, 2018

Average miles per gallon equivalent of electric vehicles, 2018 Union of Concerned Scientists

The order calls for the golden state to run on 100% clean energy by 2045. That will increase the efficiency of an electric vehicle charged on California grid energy from 109 MPGe to over 5,000 MPGe–over 50x cleaner. Drivers that purchase clean electric vehicles through the 2030’s will enjoy knowing that the energy that comes out of wall outlets and public charging stations like Volta’s will become dramatically cleaner each year as more renewables come online.

The U.S. Grid Overall to Become 100% Cleaner by 2040

us power sector emissions grids getting cleaner graph

US electricity has become cleaner over time, and is predicted to continue to reduce in carbon intensity. Source: US Department of Energy

This is one of the truly amazing advantages of electric fleets. While it’s already cleaner to drive on electricity than gas in all 50 states, it will become significantly more so over time. The positive environmental contribution of someone who chooses to buy an electric vehicle today will grow each year as the grid itself gets cleaner.

This is wonderful news to receive this week, which happens to be National Drive Electric Week 2018. Volta applauds Governor Brown’s leadership and ambitious vision in setting a clear path to a 100% carbon neutral California, and we applaud all who have chosen to do their part and go electric.

Try an EV for yourself and see what all the buzz is about at an NDEW 2018 event near you. For the in the San Francisco Bay Area, Volta’s All Electric Drive-In Movie Night celebration of NDEW is already sold out but be sure to sign up for notifications about future drive-ins here.

Volta Closes $35M Series C Funding Round

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Free Volta Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Washington, D.C.

San Francisco, CA (July 23, 2018) – Volta Charging, a category groundbreaker in mobility infrastructure, today announced the closing of a $35M Series C Funding Round. The round, designed to accelerate the rapid expansion of Volta’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and media network, is led by the Invenergy Future Fund, with both the Invenergy Future Fund and Activate Capital assuming Series C Board seats.

This round of funding is Volta’s largest yet. Participants in Volta’s Series C round include new, as well as returning, investors from the US and Europe. GE Ventures, Orsted Venture, Nautilus Venture Partners, and Idinvest all join as new investors. Virgo Investment Group and Autotech Ventures, among others, also each increased the size of their previous investments, bringing the total now raised by Volta to more than US $60M since the Company’s founding in 2010.

“Out of all of the EV charging network startups we have seen, Volta has the most elegant business model…” – Autotech Ventures Managing Director, Dr. Alexei Andreev

Volta has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with advertisers to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts without cost. With over 1,000 faces available for sponsorship opportunities across 500 stations today, Volta plans to double its network footprint by the end of 2018 by adding more stations and opening new markets. The capital investment will also allow Volta to respond to the increasing demand of real estate owners who are looking ways to monetize their assets and increase consumer dwell time. By year’s end, Volta anticipates that its network will operate nationwide in nearly all of the top 10 media markets, in addition to its initial launch market, Hawaii.

With over 1,000 faces available for sponsorship opportunities today, Volta plans to double its network footprint by the end of 2018 by adding more stations and opening new markets.

Volta helps brands meet and exceed their financial targets, as well their corporate social responsibility goals. Sponsorship of amenities, such as Volta’s charging networks, brings greater lift over traditional out of home media both in reputation and purchase intent. Volta also works closely with municipalities and industry groups with a stated commitment to emissions reduction. To date, brand and site sponsored stations have delivered over 22 million free electric miles, saving over 9 million pounds of CO2.

“This esteemed group of investors, who share our vision, are each focused on advancing energy, transportation, technology or media platforms worldwide and we are excited to benefit from these relationships as we continue to advance mobility infrastructure worldwide,” said Scott Mercer, CEO, Volta Charging. “With this influx of capital, we will be immediately able to respond to the respective demand from advertisers, EV drivers, and landlords as we add meaningful value to communities nationwide.

“We gained confidence in the Volta team through their focus on execution, and applaud their insight to bring the media industry to bear to create a mobility infrastructure solution. Volta distills the surrounding complexity and accelerates the market by executing on consumer preferences that won’t change: free charging in premier convenient locations,” said John Tough, partner at the Invenergy Future Fund. “We look forward to partnering with the broader investor group to help Volta meet what has become unabating demand for its differentiated and scalable model that brings real value to all stakeholders.”

“Volta brings us an opportunity to elegantly advance the intersection of two of our most important sectors – energy and transportation,” said Anup Jacob, Managing Director, Activate Capital. “By leveraging sponsorship to underwrite free charging and infrastructure, Volta has created a unique model to accelerate the future of mobility.”

“Since we invest exclusively in transportation technology, we spend a lot of time researching electric vehicle charging technology,” said Autotech Ventures Managing Director, Dr. Alexei Andreev. “Out of all of the EV charging network startups we have seen, Volta has the most elegant business model which decouples EV adoption and revenue generation. Instead of selling electrons to EV owners, Volta sells advertising space and marketing analytics to media customers. We’re excited to welcome and participate alongside the new round of incoming investors that will help Volta rapidly grow its footprint across the US.”

“We are excited about the opportunities presented by Volta’s advertising-funded mobility solution. We look forward to working with Volta and support their vision to connect consumers, brands and communities,” said Victor Westerlind, Managing Director at GE Ventures.

“Virgo was excited to lead the Company’s prior debt and equity raises, which enabled the Company to prove the power of its business model over the past two years. We welcome our new partners and look forward to collaborating with Volta to further talent and product development. Volta is well poised to increase both the scale and scope of its innovative business,” said Eli Aheto, Partner, Virgo Investment Group.

“Governments, municipalities, and of course, the automotive industry itself, are all dedicating significant resources to the future of mobility,” added Mercer. “Our Series C will also allow us to focus on both growth and leading-edge product development to meet and exceed the needs of this dynamic environment.”

About Volta
Volta is changing the dynamic of mobility infrastructure. Volta Charging has developed the country’s most utilized electric vehicle (EV) charging network. By installing chargers in high-traffic locations in top media markets and partnering with brands to sponsor the service, Volta EV chargers are available to both drivers and real estate hosts free of cost. Volta also works closely with municipalities and industry groups with a stated commitment to emissions reduction. Volta currently operates citywide EV charging networks in more than 50 municipalities. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in New York City, and is always looking for new transportation problems to solve. To learn more visit www.voltacharging.com.

Media Contact:
Rachel Honig, Amplify Cooperative
rachel.honig@voltacharging.com

Volta’s Vision for Fan Engagement from the Green Sports Alliance Summit Main Stage

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Free Volta EV Charging Stations at the Oracle Coliseum in Oakland

Free Volta EV Charging Stations at the Oracle Coliseum in Oakland

“How can we leverage the power of business and excitement around sports to drive sustainability?” That question drives Green Sports Alliance (GSA) members, which happens to include two stadiums that host Volta’s free EV charging stations—The Oracle Arena / Oakland Coliseum and the United Center in Chicago—as well as many of their member teams. Each year, the Alliance holds a summit to share ideas and inspiration about how to drive sustainability through sports.

“This is so much bigger than providing a few plugs for EV driving fans. This is about leveraging the power of stadiums as iconic cultural centerpieces to show the world that clean mobility is here, and it’s for everyone.”

At this year’s summit, Volta CEO and Founder Scott Mercer spoke from the main stage as part of the thought leadership panel alongside other key executives in the sustainability space. Below is a recap of key questions and an overview of Volta’s vision for driving fan engagement through unique, positive sustainability experiences in the sports world.

1. What is your sustainability story?

“While being environmentally and socially responsible is key to us at Volta, it’s also very important to us to build an EV charging business model that is financially sustainable. That’s why we built a unique model where the charge is free to EV drivers, entirely enabled by sponsors and content. The community as a whole feels inspired and empowered to make the leap to an electric car.

“Stadiums make perfect partners to drive exposure, engagement, and inspiration for fans by showing that EVs are here, and their community is ready to make this change. Teams benefit from new fan engagement opportunities using the digital screens on the stations where we dedicate one of the rotating digital sponsorships to their use.

“This is so much bigger than providing a few plugs for EV driving fans. This is about leveraging the power of stadiums as iconic cultural centerpieces to show the world that clean mobility is here, and it’s for everyone.”

Free Volta EV Charging Stations at the United Center in Chicago

Free Volta EV Charging Stations at the United Center in Chicago

2. Where do you see the puck going in the future of your industry? How does your work act as a catalyst for sport?

“Shifting transportation to clean, electric power is a massive undertaking. While rolling out enough chargers in enough places is extremely important, an equally critical piece is enabling this huge social shift that’s going to be involved in remaking American car culture to fulfill this electric vision.

“Sports stadiums are ideal partners to both enable this change, and also to benefit from it. Volta brings a whole new way for stadiums and teams to engage with sustainable transport. It’s our vision to leverage the excitement of technological innovation and connect that with the excitement around sports to create a whole new category of fan experiences. These aren’t just a row of posts with cords attached that benefit a handful of fans. We envision a sports team that has a Volta station for each one of their star players, with our digital screens hosting interactive fan engagement experiences so they can see themselves in a photo with their favorite player and maybe enter for a chance to win free tickets and share on social media.

“These types of meaningful, memorable experiences can have a ripple effect beyond the game. Together, we can inspire change in local communities and people’s lives as we accelerate EV adoption and provide a cleaner future for everyone.”

3. How do you know that you’re actually making a difference? What can you measure?

“We know we’re advancing sustainability in two ways: infrastructure and influence.

“So, first, we’re building the most highly utilized charging network on a per-port basis. We’re seeing an average usage of 8-10 hours a day. Through our live data monitoring we’re able to prove how much carbon we’ve saved and then sell carbon credits on the California market. To-date, we’ve prevented over 9 million pounds of CO2 from going into the atmosphere and we’re installing a new station almost every day so the pace of that impact keeps accelerating.

“Second is this cultural piece. We’re influencing millions of Americans to consider making that leap to an electric car. Third-party research studies have shown us that up to 68% of people who see a Volta station in the wild will consider going electric for their next car. That’s truly inspiring to us to see that we’re delivering millions of free electric miles to today’s EV drivers and at the same time, inspiring millions to make that shift from gas to electric, which for millions of people in the US is the single most powerful climate action they can take.”

If you are a venue manager interested in free EV charging services, let us know here. If you’re a fan excited to see your team lead the charge on electric vehicles — tag them and let us know on our Facebook page.

Volta Trail Running Team Pushes Past Their Comfort Zone

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broken arrow skyrace course

It was a big weekend for the Volta team up at the Broken Arrow Skyrace in Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe last weekend. We had runners in the 5k who braved 3,100 ft elevation gain, the 10k with 2,000 ft gain, and the 26k with a grueling 5,300 ft gain. 

While two team members had been running consistently when everyone signed up in January, the rest hadn’t quite. They considered the intense elevation and thought it sounded crazy, but thought, “why not?” The more experienced runners encouraged and trained with those who were less experienced on early runs starting from our San Francisco warehouse, up Portrero Hill, and out to the beautiful San Francisco shoreline.

On Saturday, June 17 the 5k runners woke up excited and ready to go. At the bottom of the hill they looked up at the sheer incline and realized just what they had signed up for. They were scaling a ski slope. But they looked at each other, nodded, and set off at the starting horn with Volta’s SVP Operations, Jon Michaels, cheering them on.

Volta Media Sales Account Coordinator Hannah Egan climbing up a rusty stair ladder along a sheer drop during the “Vertical Kilometer” 5k.

They made it over rocky ridges, past sheer cliff drops, and across a rickety ladder to finish in the snow at the summit.

Volta Operations Project Manager Erica Duran cresting the summit in the snow and she finishes the Vertical Kilometer race.

 

Congrats to our “Vertical Kilometer” finishers!

Day 2 brought the 10k and 26k. Runners woke up excited only to see hail–yes, hail–outside their window. It seemed to pass and the race was on so they headed to the starting line despite ominous skies and murmurs of lightning warnings from race officials.

Dark clouds threatened more bad weather on the day of the longer races.

Volta’s lead software engineer, Caleb Brewer, was running the 26k in sandals to win a bet with a member of the operations team.

“It was fine,” he said, “except for one time when I scooped up snow in between the sandal and my toe socks. That sucked. My feet were pretty cold the rest of the race. But otherwise it was fine.” Definitely the kind of mindset we want tackling our most complex engineering problems.

Volta’s head of engineering conquering the mountain in sandals like a beast.

 

The Volta Trail Running Team after cheering their distance runners at the finish line.

There’s nothing quite like coming across the finish line of a grueling effort to your team members cheering you on, whether it’s a race up a mountain or a tough week facing down the intrinsic challenges of startup life. Hard work, determination, and training make it possible. A great team makes it fun.

Speaking of which, we’re hiring! Check out open positions here and join us on the mountain next year–whether on the trails or yelling your heart out for your team.

 

 

How Many EVs Can Use Level 3 Charging? (CCS / CHAdeMO)

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Of all 46 plug-in passenger vehicles and SUVs that have been sold in the US in the last decade, 10 models can use CCS or CHAdeMO “fast charging” from the factory.

The Chevy Bolt EV does offer a premium trim that comes with a CCS charging port, but the base model only has Level 2 charging. Tesla owners can purchase a large $450 adapter to use with CHAdeMO stations, but they are typically slower and more expensive than Tesla’s proprietary “Supercharger” version of Level 3 stations.

See below for a full list of electric cars that can use Level 3 charging. This list was last updated in June 2018.

US Plug-In Models Can Use Volta Level 2 J1772 Can Use Level 3 CHAdeMO/ CCS
Audi A3 – eTron Yes No
BMW 330e Yes No
BMW 530e* Yes No
BMW 740e Yes No
BMW i8 Yes No
BMW X5 40e* Yes No
Cadillac CT6 PHV Yes No
Cadillac ELR Yes No
Chevy Volt* Yes No
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid* Yes No
Fiat 500E* Yes No
Ford Cmax Energi Yes No
Ford Fusion Energi* Yes No
Honda Clarity PHEV* Yes No
Honda Fit EV Yes No
Hyundai Sonata PHV Yes No
Kia Optima PHV Yes No
Mercedes B-Class EV Yes No
Mercedes C350e Yes No
Mercedes GLE 550E Yes No
Mercedes S550H PHV Yes No
Mini Countryman S E PHV Yes No
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV* Yes Yes
Porsche 918 Spyder Yes No
Porsche Cayenne S-E Yes No
Porsche PanameraS-E Yes No
Smart ED Yes No
Toyota Prius PHV Yes No
Toyota Prius Prime* Yes No
Toyota RAV4 Yes No
Volvo XC60 Yes No
Chevy Bolt EV* Yes Some
Tesla Model S* With free adapter With $450 adapter
Tesla Model X* With free adapter With $450 adapter
Tesla Roadster With free adapter With $450 adapter
Tesla Model 3* With free adapter With $600 adapter
BMW i3* Yes Yes
Chevy Spark EV Yes Yes
Ford Focus Electric (CA only) Yes Yes
Honda Accord PHV Yes Yes
Honda Clarity BEV* Yes Yes
Hyundai Ioniq EV Yes Yes
KIA Soul EV Yes Yes
Mitsubishi i-Miev Yes Yes
Nissan LEAF* Yes Yes
VW eGolf Yes Yes

*Top 15 Best-Selling Plugin in 2018

Overall, about 30% of all plug-in vehicles sold in the U.S. can use DCFC CCS  or CHAdeMO Level 3 charging. For more information about Level 2 versus Level 3 charging and a complimentary analysis of which type fits best with a specific location, please reach out to our site partnerships team.