SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Volta Charging, the leader in free electric vehicle charging, today announced a ten-year agreement to deploy EV charging stations near the South and East entrances of the United Center in Chicago, launching in October 2017.
Through Volta’s nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations, the largest indoor arena in the U.S. and home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, will offer visitors free charging facilities, supporting the center’s mission to reduce its environmental impact.
“Volta is thrilled to become United Center’s free EV charging provider. These stations will channel sponsorships into a force for good and show millions of fans that Chicago is driving forward into its electric future,” said Scott Mercer, CEO of Volta Charging.
Four open-access universal charging stations will be installed, operated and maintained at no cost to the center or its patrons through Volta’s sponsored network model. The stations will be equipped with digital-hybrid displays and placed in prime locations near venue entrances to ensure sponsor messages reach audiences, while facilitating easy access for drivers.
Earlier this year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order committing to the guidelines put forth in the Paris climate agreement, pledging to reduce 26-28% greenhouse gas by 2025. As city departments find ways to reduce emissions, United Center is showing its support and raising awareness about its own commitment to sustainability through its partnership with Volta.
“With over 2.5 million visitors annually, 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,” said Joe Myra, who is the VP of Business Affairs, United Center. “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.”
Since its founding 2010, Volta has delivered over 15 million electric miles and saved 136,000 gallons of gas, while offsetting 6.6 million pounds of CO2. It creates four times the usage per-port of the average charging network.
Volta is a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations that partners with brands to sponsor free charging for all EV drivers. Volta’s innovative infrastructure is leading the way for the future needs of mobility. Volta creates new ways for brands to reach highly coveted audiences in high traffic locations and for real estate owners, including shopping malls, grocery store and local retailers, to encourage new customers to visit and stay longer. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in San Francisco, Volta provides a valuable community amenity in markets across the U.S. helping brands meet consumers at the optimal moment of purchase decision. To learn more visit www.voltacharging.com.
About United Center
The United Center is a state-of-the-art, multi-use entertainment facility that has welcomed more than 55 million fans since opening in 1994. Home of the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League, the United Center hosts more than 200 events each year, including the best sporting events, musical performers, family shows, and special events in the industry. A commitment to superior service makes the United Center one of the top venues in the world. For more information, visit www.unitedcenter.com.