Volta provides free electric vehicle charging financed by advertisements on their network of charging stations.

The Volta network is USA’s largest free electric vehicle car charging network. Advertisements on the front and back of the charging stations finance the electricity used by the chargers. The charging stations are strategically placed at shopping centres and other high traffic facilities, so drivers can charge for free while they are shopping, while retail businesses get an advertising space to attract more customers.

Volta installs the stations and provides maintenance and technical support, while adverts are able to reach customers just before they shop. Volta has installed charging networks in 15 major cities in the USA, with ambitious expansion plans in the coming years.

Why you should care

More than 500,000 electric vehicles have been sold in the USA up until the end of 2016, with a year-on-year increase in sales of 37% in 2016. Electric vehicles will contribute significantly to reducing air pollution in cities and, in combination with more renewable energy in electricity grids, will help to mitigate climate change. Volta’s accessible and free charging stations encourage the switch to electric vehicles.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Affordable and Clean Energy

Volta is providing free electricity for charging electric vehicles, incentivising and promoting the use of electric vehicles in urban settlements.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

As free charging networks expand, drivers are more likely to turn to electric vehicles, which would reduce air pollution in cities, and promoting urban sustainability efforts.

Responsible Consumption and Production

The Volta charging network incentivizes a switch to more sustainable electric vehicles, by offering to save users money as they do not have to pay for the electricity that fuels their cars.

Climate Action

According to data from Volta, for every 165 hours a vehicle is charged at a Volta station, one ton of CO2 is avoided.