Schneider Electric is partnering with SKIDATA, a parking access and revenue management company, to provide an EV charging solution for parking managers. Through this partnership, parking owners and operators will have access to a single-source integrated EV solution that will include EV charging equipment and infrastructure, as well as a payment platform that allows drivers to pay for charging as part of their parking transaction.
SKIDATA is a supplier of parking management equipment in the U.S. to airports, public transportation, cities, shopping, sports, and events.
“The automobile’s electric future is just around the corner, and parking facilities will play the leading role in providing charging and in the long term future we see, in terms of Parking Structures, that they become a critical part of the whole USA transportation and energy delivery systems through initiatives like Microgrids / Solar and Vehicle to Grid technologies,” said Darrell Smithson, President NAM for SKIDATA. “Through this partnership we’ll be able to provide parking owners and operators a one-stop EV solution that will allow them to offer their customers seamless charging and payment. It will make EV charging incredibly simple and convenient.”
As part of this partnership, Schneider Electric will create an individualized EV infrastructure plan for the parking facility and provide the infrastructure for each site. EV Connect will bring the charging stations onto its network to provide continuous monitoring, and the charging units will be integrated into SKIDATA’s payment platform for a single point of interaction for parkers. This single scalable solution will allow parking owners and operators to easily integrate EV charging, differentiating themselves from competitors and opening a new revenue source to strengthen their business.
“Widespread electrification of transportation is elemental to decarbonizing, and as the most sustainable company in the world, we are proud to partner with leaders like SKIDATA helping us to transform into a new electric world. Establishing new innovative business models in the parking industry will further enable electrification and ease friction in user experience,” said Ashley Horvat, VP Head of eMobility, North America, Schneider Electric. “As parking owners and operators look to embrace EV charging, our solutions will allow them to meet the changing needs of their customers, and provides a competitive advantage that elevates their locations above their competition with this simple “Park, Plug, & Pay” package.
“To maximize the benefits and opportunities presented by the electrification of transportation, charging infrastructure must be easy for parking lot operators and management companies,” says Patrick Macdonald-King, chief operating officer at EV Connect. “We are thrilled to put our experience to work in the deployment and management of EV charging infrastructure with SKIDATA and Schneider Electric. The ability to make seamless integrations with parking lot and load management systems simple is central to preparing parking owners and operators for an electrified future.”