SKIDATA, the world leader in parking access and revenue management, and Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a partnership to provide a seamless EV charging solution for parking managers and their customers as electric vehicle (EV) adoption becomes more widespread. Through this partnership, which includes Schneider Electric’s extensive network of partners, 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.
“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.”
SKIDATA is the leading supplier of parking management equipment in the USA to airports, public transportation, cities, shopping, sports, and events. 14 entities with over 175 parking locations have been identified for the first round of EVSE deployment.
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.”
SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.
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EVConnect is a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for commercial, enterprise, university, hospitality, multi-unit residential and government facilities. EVConnect developed and operates a cloud-based platform for the management of charging stations and drivers who use them. The EVConnect platform, called Foundation, provides charging station command and control functionality, including access control, pricing, reporting and integration with various enterprise and energy systems, via an open API. In addition, Foundation enables demand-response functionality across multiple charging networks, and driver communications and support.