Volta Inc is a San Francisco-based electric vehicle (EV) charging and media company. All of Volta’s charging stations are connected to 55-inch plasma video screens that are live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Instead of monetizing the electricity for EV charging, Volta generates ad revenue from its video screens. This means that Volta provides charging to EV and HPEV (hybrid plug-in electric vehicle) drivers completely for free. No membership costs or credit cards are necessary. Just park and plug in.

white Tesla charging at Volta station
Tesla using Volta charging port

Volta Inc was founded in Hawaii in 2010 by Scott Mercer and Chris Wendel. By 2021, Volta had more than 2,000 charging stations available in 23 states. Since then, their network of chargers has continued to expand, with growing a number of installations in states like Texas, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Florida, Washington and Utah.

Volta 2 Hour Limit

At most, drivers are allowed 2 hours of free parking time while charging. Some stations limit charging time to as little as 30 minutes. Volta’s level 2 charging stations use the J1772 connectors, which are the most popular public charger type. Volta chargers are conveniently located near places where people already spend time, like the parking lots of grocery stores, restaurants, fitness centers, and other shopping hotspots.

Volta EV Charging Speed

Charging time depends on how large your car’s battery is, which type of EV charger you use, how much power the charger can deliver per minute, and how much power your vehicle is able to accept. On average, the DC fast chargers have a charging speed of 50-60 kWh, or up to 210 miles of range per hour depending on your EV, according to the official Volta Website. Level 2 charging is estimated to dispense 7-10 kWh or up to 35 miles of range per hour.

If you’re ever in search of a free charging station in your area, the Volta app will help you find and navigate to one of its plug-in ports. Within the app, users may also start or stop a charging session. Charging sessions are updated in real time so that drivers know which ports are available and which are being occupied. The app will ask for your vehicle type so that it can display the appropriate charger types.

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