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Join the fast-growing, fast-paced team at Volta and help drive the adoption of clean transportation to make the world better for everyone. See open positions here.

Founded in 2010, Volta Charging is a nationwide network of free electric vehicle charging stations that are supported by sponsor brands. Volta’s sponsor-backed model provides free charging for electric vehicle drivers; free charging stations for host businesses; positive visibility for sponsor brands; and environmental benefits funded by advertising revenue from sponsors displayed on Volta’s charging stations.

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Our Fearless Leader

Volta is led by CEO and founder Scott Mercer, an entrepreneur with a passion for driving faster adoption of future-focused technology. Early in his career, Scott ran a vintage automotive restoration business and sold a restored 1967 Jaguar XKE to seed the beginnings of Volta.

Scott understood the largest impediment to bringing electric vehicles to a broad consumer base was a lack of infrastructure. While support has been growing globally for electric cars, the distribution of public charging stations is emerging as a major impediment to widespread adoption. In response, Volta launched with a mission to inspire change and energize communities to drive electric cars by facilitating accessible charging at no cost. By building new infrastructure to meet electric transportation needs, Volta is also creating new ways for sponsors to reach their target audience. Volta’s network attracts new visitors to shopping malls, grocery stores, and other local businesses who stay for longer to enjoy shopping and restaurants while grabbing a free charge.

Headquarters and Company Culture

Volta is headquartered in a repurposed warehouse in San Francisco’s design district where operations, design, sales, executive and marketing teams all work in a shared open space layout. Several Volta team members also operate remotely from key markets including Los Angeles, New York City.

Volta HQ hosts two free Level 2 EV charging stations in front of the building that are available to the public as well as to Volta staff. Volta team projects include rebuilding a 1972 Zagato EV and designing an outdoor garden and meeting space in the back lot. Volta staff often bring dogs to the office for Volta Dog Days.

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Celebrate the EV Success Story this Earth Month

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A US Driver Goes Electric Every 3 Minutes

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So far in 2018, an American driver has bought or leased a new electric car every 3 minutes on average. Welcome to the year of the electric car.

There are now over three quarters of a million electric vehicles on the road in the US and the trend is accelerating faster every year. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that drivers will actually have to pay a higher upfront cost for a gas car by 2025 and that electric cars will outsell gas cars as soon as 2040.

Top 10 Best-Selling Plug-in Electric Cars of 2018

  1. Tesla Model 3 EV from $35,000
  2. Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid from $27,100
  3. Chevrolet Bolt EV $36,620
  4. Tesla Model S EV from $74,500
  5. Chevolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid from $33,220
  6. Tesla Model X EV from $79,500
  7. Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid from $33,400
  8. Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid from $33,400
  9. Nissan LEAF EV from $29,990
  10. BMW i3 EV & Plug-In Hybrid from $44,450

Consumer Reports’ Top-Ranking Vehicle for Driver Satisfaction Has Been an Electric Car Every Year Since 2011.

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Here’s Why:

Awesome Acceleration

Why do EV drivers love their cars so much? Well for one thing, electric motors deliver instantaneous acceleration in a way that internal combustion engines simply can’t. Electric cars are just more fun to drive. Tesla’s seven-seater luxury sedan hits 0-60 faster than any road-legal supercar ever built. And luckily for those of us who don’t have 70-grand+ to drop on a car, all the other EVs on the top-10 bestseller list have zippier acceleration than comparable gas cars. Drop a Chevy Volt into “sport mode” or try out any pure EV for some serious snap. It has more torque in the base model configuration than the 2018 Dodge Charger.

Great Handling

Many electric vehicles are built on the “skateboard” platform that puts the heavier battery at the base of the car, lowering the center of gravity and making corners and curving roads a whole lot of fun. Test drive a Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt EV or any type of Tesla to experience it for yourself.

Silent Ride

You haven’t experienced Highway 1 down the stunning California coast until you’ve done it in an EV. Gliding through the curves and gazing out at the stunning view with only the distant calls of seabirds overhead to break the hypnotizing, peaceful meditation is a memory like no other. After getting used to the silent, gliding stealth ride of an EV, even the quietest gas cars suddenly feel obnoxiously loud.

Super Savings

It’s cheaper to drive on electricity than gas in all 50 states. A recent Forbes article notes that “the average cost to operate an EV in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered vehicle is $1,117” and that electric cars are cheaper to maintain because they “have fewer moving parts, no exhaust system, less need for cooling, less abrasive braking options, and no need to change ‘oil, fan belts, air filters, timing belts, head gaskets, cylinder heads and spark plugs.’” Cha-ching!

Oh, Yeah, and They’re Green

Over the last several years, all US states have been cleaning up their electrical grids. Not always for sustainability reasons, but simply because natural gas and renewable energy sources have become so much cheaper. Plain old economics. In fact, despite political rhetoric to the contrary, more coal plants were shut down in the first two months of 2018 than in the first three years of the Obama administration combined.

Thanks to these economic trends, it’s now cleaner to drive an electric car than a gas car in every single state from West Virginia to California

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Switching to an EV Is the Top Climate Action in These 15 States

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By Ry Storey-Fisher

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Forbes recently reported that driving an EV is “far cleaner than driving on gas,” no matter where in the U.S. you plug in. But just how much does it matter to the climate?  We wanted to investigate which purchase decision has the SINGLE biggest positive climate impact. Many might guess that switching a home to 100% renewable energy takes the top spot, but it turns out that switching from a gas to electric car the single biggest climate action you can take in 15 states.

The Single Best Action to Take Depends on Where Your Live

The three biggest sources of climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions are transportation, building energy use, and agriculture. That means the three biggest climate actions an individual can take are typically to clean up their vehicle fuel, home energy source, or diet.

While carbon emissions related to food production consistently account for less than 10% of the average American household’s carbon footprint, home energy and transportation each come in around 20-40%, depending on the state. Choosing a cleaner car or cleaner home energy source is almost always the most effective climate purchase a household can make. Which is best? It depends on how dirty your state’s electrical grid is in the first place.

Average household carbon footprint distribution in a state that drives more than the national average but has a very clean electrical grid (California) versus a state that starts out with greener driving habits but has a dirtier electrical grid (Illinois). Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Lab

It’s Already Cleaner to Drive Electric than Gas in All 50 States–Even Better than Going Solar in Some

For decades, electrical grids were run almost exclusively on high-carbon fossil fuels such as coal. Dirty electricity grids mean that every time you plugged in–whether it’s your fridge, air conditioner, or electric car–lots of carbon dioxide got released into the atmosphere. In recent decades, US electricity grids have gotten cleaner in practically every state. Increasingly clean electricity sources mean that electric cars emit far less than their gas-guzzling counterparts. From West Virginia to California to Idaho, each electric car saves thousands of pounds of CO2 per year.

In 15 states, switching from a gas car to an EV results in greater emissions reductions than powering 100% of your home electricity needs with solar panels, making it the #1 climate purchase decision in those states. Not coincidentally, these states have some of the country’s cleanest electricity grids. In California, switching from a gas to electric car is more than three times better for the climate than switching 100% of home energy from the grid to home solar panels.

EVs to Become Top Climate Action for 78% of All US Citizens by 2040

As electricity grids draw increasingly from renewable sources in the coming decades–the US Department of Energy estimates that the carbon intensity of electricity will decrease 34% by 2040–electric vehicles will become the top climate action in more and more states. With these trends, choosing an EV will become the top climate action in half of all states by the early 2020s. By 2040, EVs are expected to be the top climate action in 37 states, encompassing 78% of the US population.

U.S. Electricity To Keep Getting Cleaner Over Time

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

Here are the states where choosing an EV is already the single best climate action an individual can take:
Alaska, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington

15 States Where Getting an Electric Car Is the #1 Climate Action

EV Advantage Rank State EV Climate Impact Solar Climate Impact EV Advantage
(lbs CO2e  saved/ yr) (lbs CO2e saved / yr) (lbs CO2e saved/ yr)
1 Vermont 11,473 0 11,473
2 Idaho 12,514 627 11,887
3 Maine 11,678 1,728 9,950
4 Washington 10,200 1,527 8,673
5 Oregon 10,805 2,386 8,419
6 New Hampshire 9,688 2,116 7,572
7 California 10,110 3,038 7,073
8 New York 8,422 3,079 5,343
9 New Jersey 8,350 3,847 4,503
10 Connecticut 8,178 3,802 4,376
11 South Dakota 10,561 6,241 4,320
12 Rhode Island 7,717 5,633 2,084
13 South Carolina 10,386 8,942 1,444
14 Massachusetts 7,093 5,772 1,322
15 Alaska 6,030 5,561 469

And here are the additional states where choosing an EV will be the top climate action by 2040: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin. Of course — getting solar AND an electric car is the ideal “green dream” scenario, but given limited resources it can be helpful to understand how these two investments compate environmentally.

An Electric Car Bought Today Will Get Cleaner Every Year

It’s important to remember that an electric car is still far cleaner than driving on gas in every state. It’s also extremely important to note that any gas car that is purchased today will cause the same high level of pollution per mile for its entire lifetime. As this study shows, an electric car purchased today will become cleaner every year as the US transitions to cleaner electricity grids. There’s never been a better time to go electric.



Methodology: Using state-by-state data on home electricity use, average miles driven per year, and the carbon intensity of each state’s electricity grids, we calculated the relative benefits of switching 100% of average electricity use to home solar panels and compared that to the environmental benefit of switching from the average gas vehicle to an electric vehicle for the average person in each state. The analysis accounted for lifecycle emissions for producing solar panels as well as lifecycle emissions for producing the electricity used to charge EVs in each state.

Celebrating a Million Free Miles a Month

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Volta Charging Station Electric Vehicle EV Sponsored

With the help of our site partners, media sponsors and drivers, the Volta network delivered over a million free, electric miles in one month for the first time in January 2018. Drivers soaked up over 1,026,000 free e-miles while shopping, dining, and enjoying themselves at Volta site partner locations. That’s enough free miles to drive 41 times around the planet with zero tailpipe emissions.

Like the larger trend of EV adoption, benefits from the Volta network will only keep accelerating. Volta’s unique business model has propelled over 100% average network growth rate since 2012 with plans to add more stations than ever in 2018.

EV Adoption Is a Win-Win-Win for Retail, Brands & Communities

Site partners win because EV drivers reward their forward-thinking support by spending hundreds of thousands of hours each year at grocery stores, cinemas, shopping centers and event venues in the Volta network. The Volta team is able to provide hardware, installation, maintenance and operation at no cost to sites thanks to media sponsors that power these free amenities for local communities.

Volta Customer Feedback Charging Station EV Sponsorship

Brands that choose to sponsor Volta stations win because it just so happens that the most convenient places to charge also happen to be the best place to share their message: front-and-center at the busiest shopping and entertainment destinations in each region. The ideal placement and fact that consumers increasingly choose brands that stand up for important social issues make Volta sponsorship a powerful way to connect. When a brand can communicate its message alongside doing something positive for the community or the environment, it only makes the bond with consumers stronger. We each know that we vote with our wallet, and we want to vote for brands that are making a difference.

The most valuable “win” for the Volta team is the benefit to bring to local communities. Hundreds of thousands of EV drivers benefit by charging up to 60 free miles while doing errands or visiting their favorite destinations. Millions more benefit from the improved air quality as countless vehicle trips through neighborhoods, past schools and by offices are made without emitting a single drop of tailpipe pollution. That’s fantastic news, especially given that tailpipe emissions can be as harmful as secondhand smoke to children.

Each person who chooses to drive an EV and chooses to support retailers in the Volta network is actively driving a virtuous cycle to help us grow and deliver free electric miles will all the associated benefits to more communities across the country. We love to hear driver’s experience with going electric and charging at Volta stations. Join other EV drivers in leting us know where you love to shop and charge with Volta (or where you’d like to see more stations!) on our Facebook page.

Hubject Partnership Brings Volta Charging Stations to In-Vehicle Navigation

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OEM partners will have the ability to display Volta and other intercharge network partners via in-vehicle navigation.

Volta Integration from Day One

Soon, many new electric VW, Porsche, BMW or Mercedes will have the ability to show live Volta station maps and availability right on the in-vehicle navigation system. Thanks to a new partnership with Hubject announced at CES, Volta is the first US partner in the intercharge network—an open, connected platform that lets EV drivers easily find and use charging stations with one simple interface.

“We go to Whole Foods Market because they have chargers. When my wife and I are out and about, a place with a Volta charger is 1,000,000 times more likely to get our breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, late night snack and all other kinds of shopping.”
– Jason, EV Driver in Scottsdale, AZ

Big Win for Volta Site Partners

We constantly hear from EV drivers that they choose to shop where they can find free Volta stations, which drives customers to the grocery stores, even venues, movie theaters and shopping centers that are part of the Volta network. Up until now there’s been no seamless way for drivers to discover these stations on the go. With Hubject’s intercharge network, it will be’s even easier to discover free Volta charging and reward those businesses that support a positive shift to clean transportation.

Volta Charging stations provide free, convenient charging at no cost to drivers or site partners.

Volta Charging stations provide free, convenient charging at no cost to drivers or site partners.


The intercharge Network Reduces Barriers to EV Adoption

While Volta believes that all Level 2 charging should be free, we recognize the utility of faster paid charging services. Unfortunately, the paid EV charging experience is a mess right now with different accounts, dongles and payment forms required for each network. Interchange solves for that by streamlining the connection between electric mobility providers, EV charging network operators and EV manufacturers, so a customer can use one, simple payment method wherever they charge. If they don’t have an account, they’ll simply pay with PayPal or another hassle-free method. That’s great for current EV drivers and it will help nudge more people towards EV adoption.

The Future Will Be Powered by Universal Charging

As the leader in free, universal charging access, Volta is thrilled to see these values being supported by big players in the automotive industry. We’re looking forward to even more manufacturers adopting intercharge for a seamless charging experience as electric vehicles become the norm.

Volta CEO on Free EV Charging at Sports Stadiums via Yale Climate Connection

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Free Volta EV Charging Stations Keep Fans Fully Charged at the United Center in Chicago

It’s an hour before the puck drops at a Blackhawks hockey game at the United Center in Chicago. Cars are jockeying for parking spots and fans sporting red jerseys stream into the arena. On their way, they may pass a few premium parking spaces that double as charging stations for electric vehicles… [Read & Listen at Yale Climate Connection]

Compass Powers the Future of Real Estate via Volta

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Volta sponsored EV charging stations

Last month, real estate tech pioneer Compass was seeking a unique and forward-looking avenue to reach their target audience in the heart of Beverly Hills, and Volta’s engaging platform presented the perfect opportunity. Not only do our stations provide a useful service to shoppers while they peruse stores, our digital screens deliver brand messages to highly coveted audiences and transforming the way companies are marketing their products and services.

By providing convenient charging at no cost, funded through partnerships with like-minded brands, Volta is also inspiring change and energizing communities nationwide to drive electric.

When the new stations launched at the end of November, Compass branding shone across the seven-foot hero placement while dynamic digital interstitials on the retail-facing side introduced Beverly Hills shoppers to six different Compass agents they could contact to find their next home.

Photo courtesy of Compass

Volta’s data team recently found that more holiday shopping translates to more holiday charging. A total of 259,386 free electric miles were delivered by Volta EV charging stations between Sunday, November 19 and Sunday, November 26 — or enough to drive the 238,900-mile distance between the earth and the moon.

Luxury retailers are catching on to the trend by offering extra perks to their shoppers to draw them in the door.

In addition to powering free EV travel, Volta also provides a value-add for shoppers and the community for stores looking to increase foot traffic.

It’s clear shopping isn’t just about brand or product alone anymore, but providing customers with an experience that is worth stopping in for.

Unlike most digital ad companies that are killing retailers, Volta’s network and business model is helping brick & mortars thrive.

Along with valet parking and other premium services, sponsored EV charging amenities align with the trend of high-end retail becoming a destination in and of itself, rather than a means to an end. As a premium real estate technology platform, Compass also transcends transaction to create a streamlined, user-oriented home search experience.

Volta sponsored EV charging station

Photo courtesy of Compass

Building on its impressive growth to-date, Volta is on track to nearly double the size of its network within this calendar year. It forecasts doubling this figure again in 2018, launching in new metro regions.

Since inception, Volta has delivered over 15.7 million electric miles and saved 345,000 gallons of gas, over 1 million charging sessions across the U.S and offsetting 6.8 million pounds of CO2. Volta’s current market includes Chicago, LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix and Hawaii.

Volta CEO: With the World Embracing EVs, U.S. Can’t Afford to Fall Behind

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EV driver charging their car

By Scott Mercer, Volta Charging CEO & Founder — originally published as an op-ed piece in VentureBeat

On Wednesday of this week, 50 companies led by clean transportation nonprofit CALSTART, including my company, Volta, signed a letter urging Congress to keep a tax credit that boosts U.S. job creation and EV leadership.

Yesterday, several sources revealed that the final version of the GOP tax bill will preserve a $7,500 electric vehicle (EV) tax credit that was once at risk of being removed, according to Reuters.

Keeping the incentive protects not only thousands of American jobs and sales for automakers introducing their own EV models but also the U.S. economy at large. The Department of Energy estimates there are over 215,000 American jobs devoted to electric vehicle drive train and component manufacturing.

In addition to creating jobs, the EV sector is also tackling one of the biggest health hazards we face today: air pollution.

But despite the GOP’s retention of the EV tax credit, the U.S. is still lagging behind the rest of the world due to a lack of direct action when it comes to gearing up for an electric future.

So it’s up to individual states and companies to pick up the slack.

California is, of course, leading the way. While the federal administration considers weakening fuel economy standards, California Assemblymember Phil Ting is putting forth a 2018 bill to ban gas powered cars by 2040.

“It should be the U.S. setting those standards for the world, and the U.S. leading investment in new transportation technology.”

“There’s already legislation in place to incentivize electric vehicles,” said Ting. “But having two pieces of legislation coupled together — one’s a carrot, the other is a deadline to push toward the carrot. With cars, California’s influence extends far beyond state lines. The largest car-buying market in the United States, California, has historically set air quality standards that surpass the Environmental Protection Agency’s. The state’s regulations also have a magnifying power, since more than a dozen states have adopted California’s rules as their own. Those rules are poised to remain in place regardless of any policy changes in Washington.”

Against this backdrop, we see daily announcements on how China is fostering EV innovation by ramping up production and instituting wide-reaching regulations. The country also vowed to cap carbon emissions and curb worsening air pollution by 2030, dictating priorities for a huge portion of the global auto market. It should be the U.S. setting those standards for the world, and the U.S. leading investment in new transportation technology.

Statistics show that moving towards cleaner transportation, clean energy, clean building, and investing in related technologies creates good jobs for American workers. In California, the EV charging supplier industry alone has created thousands of new jobs, according to the EVCA State of the Charge report. Right now, we have a federal government that talks about creating more jobs, while the rest of the world is capitalizing on it.

However, states do not need to wait for the federal government in order to take action. Companies, both inside the Valley and out have a responsibility to tackle this issue, namely in four key ways:

Innovating by building best-in-class solutions for EV tech, infrastructure, and services that benefit customers and end users.
Investing in the transportation shift, whether that means building free EV charging stations on campuses to encourage adoption, or offering employees incentives for choosing cleaner transportation options during their commute.
Driving behavior change and educating the masses on clean energy transportation and ways to take a personal stake in fighting climate disruption.
Continuing to improve infrastructure and sustainable business models to support the massive ecosystem shift.

“The danger is that the U.S. will fall so far behind that by the time we wake up, American automotive companies will have a huge upward battle to fight as they try to compete in the global market.”

Ultimately, the tax credit puts EVs into a price-point that’s appealing to a mass market a few years sooner. EVs already save consumers on maintenance and slash fuel costs by more than half. Regardless of subsidy, total cost of ownership for EVs will fall below that of gas cars by 2020, and a Bloomberg report claims that initial EV purchase cost will drop below that of gas cars by 2025.

So what are the dangers of China or other countries having a head start in the EV regulations race? What repercussions could the U.S. face for failing to adopt stricter standards or nationwide EV investment sooner rather than later?

The danger is that the U.S. will fall so far behind that by the time we wake up, American automotive companies will have a huge upward battle to fight as they try to compete in the global market. We won’t stop the EV curve, we’ll just put ourselves at the back of it.

Our one short-term federal subsidy is not enough for the U.S. to stay in the running as the EV revolution takes off and the world looks towards an electric future. We must reconsider taxpayer subsidies for coal, oil, and gas. American taxpayers have already lost out on billions due to loopholes that allow fossil fuel companies to get out of paying royalties for oil extracted from our taxpayer-owned land. At some point we need to turn those dials — to turn down the subsidy on oil and gas and to turn up the subsidy on EVs to accelerate innovation. It’s about aligning incentives to speed change.

We need to stop making foolhardy decisions that will put the country further behind by subsidizing the past and not preparing our country for the future. We are (luckily) beyond the point where U.S. policies truly matter to the adoption of the electric vehicle. We are now at the point where these things matter in terms of the country’s ability to compete.

To reclaim the U.S.’s global standing, states and companies need to lead by example to drive forward innovation and set the standard for the rest of the world.

Volta Partners with Sports Venues to Keep Fans and Teams Charged Up

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The Oakland Alameda County Coliseum and the United Center are the first two sports venues to equip their respective facilities with open-access, universal EV charging stations.

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Volta Free EV Charging Station at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA

For Volta, partnering with stadiums is an important component of its strategy to continue to expand its network of free, media-sponsored EV charging stations.  Stadiums are a natural partner as many fans and players are now driving electric vehicles and looking for infrastructure solutions within their communities to help support charging needs.  As stadiums are highly visible and iconic locations within their markets, there is no better place to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing a truly valuable community amenity.

A Shared Vision to Support EV Charging

The shared vision of ownership and management helped to put the needs of the community and fans first by providing Volta’s free, media-enabled EV charging stations to all EV drivers regardless of make and model of their vehicle. Stadium leadership also embraced the Volta stations because the project aligned with ongoing corporate sustainability and social responsibility efforts in a tangible and demonstrable way.

Experience Informs Solutions

Volta has designed and built its network by working with a variety of partners (e.g. top REITs, Whole Foods, Macy’s and Saks), each with specific needs and objectives. While there are many similarities, no two installations are exactly alike.  This experience allowed Volta to create a plan to implement Level 2 charging at the Coliseum and the United Center in highly visible and desirous locations. Volta provided all infrastructure at no cost to the stadiums and maintains the stations for free over the life of the relationship.  This model ensures a seamless and convenient experience for fans, the community and management.

Win-Win -Win: The Community, Venues and Sponsors All Benefit

All fans and visitors to the stadiums will use and/or engage with Volta stations helping drive three positive effects:

Fulfilling Growing Demand: As electric vehicle sales continue to explode, additional EV charging infrastructure is critical to a successful shift to clean transportation and meeting charging needs.

Tangible Fan Benefits: Volta stations deliver up to 60 free electric miles during the time of the typical national sporting event, providing real rewards to fans that support their teams & values of sustainability by driving electric vehicles to the events.

Positive Brand Impact: Sponsors of Volta stations not only garner benefits by advertising to fans, but also gain a halo effect by supporting a valuable community amenity and demonstrating their commitment to the community and the environment. In addition,  one of the digital ads is reserved for Volta stadium partners giving them similar benefits to sponsors. Third party research has shown that this halo effect can produce double-digit lifts in pro-community attributes.

Coliseum Fans Mark a Milestone on Green Sports Day 2017

Coliseum fans charged their 7,917th mile on October 6, 2017 – exactly enough free electric miles to stretch across the diameter of the earth. It was a fitting symbol to demonstrate that iconic sports teams and venues can have a meaningful impact on the environment when they take steps to support sustainable practices.

United Center Leads the Way to Electric

Charging stations at the United Center help drive demand in a city that has not yet entered the top-ten list for electric vehicle adoption. By stepping up to provide EV charging stations, the United Center becomes a city-wide leader in empowering members of the local community to adopt clean transportation.

Volta Charging Aligns with Sustainability Values

Providing free charging supports Volta’s stadium partners’ overall goals to deliver positive environmental benefits to their local community. Joe Myrha, the United Center’s VP of Business Affairs, said, “we are excited to be partnering with Volta to bring its stations to our arena and provide visitors with a convenient and easy way to charge their vehicles. Volta’s model aligns perfectly with our plan to work towards sustainability and enables our patrons to take a personal stake in a viable future.”

The leadership team at AEG who manages the Coliseum supported Volta because the project aligned with the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact, raise awareness about environmental issues with the public, and promote its commitment to sustainability. In San Francisco, fan and player requests for EV charging had become increasingly frequent in one of the top EV adoption hotspots in the country.

Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle, so with over 2.5 million visitors annually, the United Center is poised to make a major impact in the perception and consideration of electric vehicles.

“Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle.”

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

About Volta

Since its founding in 2010, Volta has delivered over 15 million electric miles and saved 136,000 gallons of gas, while offsetting 6.6 million pounds of CO2. Its free, convenient stations create four times the usage per-port of the average charging network, maximizing the EV charging benefits that iconic venues provide to local communities.

Volta GSA Contact: Patricia Spanier |

How Volta Pulled off Our Fastest EV Charging Install Ever

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We’re excited to announce that the Volta EV charging station installation going live today at the the Target in Orange, CA sets a Volta record for the fastest station launch in company history. In under four weeks the project went from wet ink to dry concrete, ready-to-charge.

Volta Site Partners Committed to Free Charging from Day One

When Volta signed the agreement to supply free charging stations with the real estate partnership CCF PCG Orange, LLC, on September 22, 2017, getting stations live by the store’s planned opening date seemed like a daunting task. Planning, permitting, electrical, construction and inspections would all have to be completed in record time. It was important to make sure customers could charge for free from day one because Target and the property owners had already incorporated so many positive environmental features. The new target will have everything from LED lighting to daylighting, bike parking and drought-tolerant landscaping to cool roofs.

Volta Business Development Lead Ashley Revay noted “Target’s commitment to sustainability and the EV community is commendable and should not go unnoticed in a time when retailers have major influence over community sustainability initiatives.”

Teamwork Powers up EV Charging Stations in Record Time

With the support of Target and CCF PCG Orange, LLC, as well as tireless work across Volta engineering and operations teams, these stations were fully operational for the new Target’s soft launch on October 18th. They now hold a new Volta record for speedy project completion.

Volta Operations SVP Jon Michaels praised CCF PCG Orange as “a great partner to work with,” adding that they “were very involved in the engineering and permitting process, enabling these charging stations to be installed in advance of the Target store opening.”

The Clean Revolution Is a Joint Effort

This project represents a micro-example of one way to achieve the larger global mission of making every aspect of our lives more sustainable and achieving a clean energy future. A commercial real estate owner and a major retail chain joined forces with an EV charging start up to meet the demands of the true voices of progress: you. Members of local communities demanding cleaner air and making choices to support brands and products that drive clean technology forward.

No one person or entity can make the clean transportation revolution happen alone. The progress will come from collaborations like this as more real estate owners, businesses, startups and individuals continue to come together.

Volta CEO and Founder Scott Mercer said that he “could not be more proud of the Volta Operations team for delivering on Volta’s fastest install yet,” and noted that this type of acceleration is “what’s required to drive the larger clean energy movement.”

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Do you live in Orange county? We’d love to hear from EV drivers who went to the new Target’s grand opening event on Sunday. Let us know what you think of the new stations via a post or message on Facebook.