Business and fleet drivers throughout Europe will benefit from an extensive rollout of EV charging facilities at one of Europe’s leading car park operators. APCOA says it plans to invest in charging stations offering 11 to 22 kW in over 12,000 locations while partners will be invited to install 350-kW ultra rapid chargers at 1,000 of its parking facilities.
A total of 100,000 EV chargers is the aim for the parking firm across its parking lots in 13 European countries, including Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. While a substantial number averaging eight chargers per parking facility, APCOA has said it will take until 2035 to reach its target—13 years, or roughly 7,700 chargers per year.
Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group commented:
“The transition to electric mobility as the dominant technical solution in road traffic is an irreversible trend. EV charging infrastructure thus represents a major component of the transformation of APCOA’s car parks into ‘Urban Hubs’. For customers, the extended service infrastructure will increase the attractiveness of our locations.”
APCOA said a digital platform would enable booking and use of the charge points and was proprietary agnostic allowing the charging stations to be operated independent of charge point ownership. In addition, all its sites would use green energy.
There are 2,500 EV charging stations available in APCOA car parks to date, while data from their usage suggested that demand from charge points would grow significantly in the near future as fleets and consumers switched to electric vehicles, according to APCOA.
“We firmly believe in the future of electric mobility, which stands to make an important contribution on the net zero journey. Therefore, we are creating the necessary infrastructure to play our part in meeting the international decarbonization targets. All measures are aligned with the UN Global Compact agreement to which APCOA is a signatory,” added Op de Beeck.
The European Parliament has banned the sale of new diesel and gasoline engined cars from 2035; in the UK it’s 2030, with a requirement that all new vehicles must be zero emission by 2035.