The commercial real estate and parking industries have certainly changed over the past year! And while there has been temporary shift in where people spend their time, traffic had already begun to change before COVID-19. Drivers are combining errands and appointments into a single trip, and they’re buying zero-emissions vehicles that promote clean air. Electric vehicles are here, and parking operators and management companies must plan accordingly. EV charging stations add value to your facility and are essential for the next generation of vehicles. Here’s what parking owners and managers should know about charging at leased, valet, and public parking.
Leased Parking for Commercial Offices and Multifamily
Commercial and multifamily tenants are increasingly looking for smart charging stations. The most popular place to charge an EV has always been at home, followed by the workplace. Commercial tenants now want charging stations as an employee amenity or recruiting tool. Multifamily tenants and homeowner’s associations are looking to charging stations as an amenity that will attract new residents and make their lives easier. Now, many building owners are asking their parking management companies to install EV charging stations to better respond to tenant demand and compete with other nearby commercial buildings. For parking operators, EV charging stations in parking garages and parking lots are essential for lease renewals and contract renewals. EV charging stations are even being added to new building codes!
Some parking companies have already added valet services as a value-add at airports, hospitality, and retail properties. For EV drivers already paying for valet services, electric vehicle charging is the next requirement. Some valet service providers may wish to charge drivers for energy. Others, such as airport valets, may prefer to offer charging as an add-on. A traveler can drop their Tesla off on Monday at the airport valet, knowing that their vehicle will have a full charge when they return on Friday. The valet service can schedule a valet driver to shuffle vehicles around as the vehicle completes charging, maximizing charging turnover and valet revenues.
Public and Municipal Parking
Unlike leased or valet parking, public parking will more likely need to win EV drivers from other parking facilities. In this situation, drivers might pay a facility entrance fee or a fee at a parking meter. Parking managers have the choice to offer free electricity or use the charging station’s payment system. Some parking operators even choose to use the SemaConnect Network as a metered parking unit, rather than requiring payment at both a parking meter and charging station! An interactive LED light easily shows if a vehicle is charging, and the smart network puts your parking facility on the map. For EV drivers looking for a place to charge, the ability to view your stations online is reason enough to choose your parking facility.
For parking operators looking for new ways to set themselves apart and attract new customers, smart networked EV charging stations are the best solution. SemaConnect gives you full control over pricing and access, plus you receive full remittance of charging fees. Ready to get started with EV charging at your parking facility? Click here to request your quote today.