GPC is partnering with Nissan and leading real estate and parking interests to expand 30-minute, fast-charging offerings for electric vehicles in key US markets.
A CleanTech interview with Ulrich Quay, Managing Director, BMW i Ventures affirms why GPC’s integration of parking within the broader mobility ecosystem is both a sound business proposition and a sustainability strategy: “For our parents and grandparents, they were saving their money for a car. Mobility behavior for people today has clearly changed…”
The ubiquity of parking is not accidental: Parking matters. It plays an important role in the success of cities, communities and places as well as in the development of mixed-use projects and sustainable transportation. Parking supply and pricing often have a direct impact on the ability to create compact, healthy communities.
GPC Partner ChargePoint developed a ranking of electric car-friendly cities starting with the number of registered electric vehicles and weighting those numbers according to population and the number of public charging stations. And, surprisingly, Detroit was up there.
As the Wall Street Journal reports:
Weighing in at No. 8 is Detroit, the hometown of the fossil-fuel, legacy car business. A surprise, perhaps, given Detroit’s battery-unfriendly cold weather. But Detroit is also home to General Motors Co., maker of the plug-in Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Motor Co., which makes plug-in hybrid versions of several of its models, and to thousands of automotive engineers and automotive technology suppliers who are under the gun to figure out how to make electric cars more appealing to mainstream consumers.
This must explain why Detroit’s 2,989 registered electric vehicles surpass Portland, Oregon’s 1,912.
The most sustainable parking space is the one we never have to build or manage. So Green Garage Certification smartly awards points for participation in organizations that generate more efficient use of existing transportation resources, including parking. “Transportation Management Associations” or TMAs are…
When members of San Francisco arts collective Rebar rolled out sod and placed a chair and a shade tree in an unassuming metered parking space in 2005 to create…