How will Electric Vehicles affect the Car parks of Tomorrow?

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In the last few years, both the electric vehicle and vehicle automation industries have come on leaps and bounds – with battery charge lasting longer, and digital innovations to car interiors making them a far more appealing option than before. More and more people are going electric, as the pressure of global warming on our society increases.

As vehicles change, businesses such as Britannia will need to adapt and innovate to ensure that the Car Parking infrastructure is up to date, or risk falling behind. For this reason, we’ve decided to take a look at where car parks are trending, and what systems you could be asking us to install in the coming decade.

Modernising your Car Parks

The obvious change that many car parks will need to make is the addition of electric vehicle charging points. While there has been huge improvement in battery life, EVs still require more filling up than most of their fossil fuel counterparts – and if your car park doesn’t have a charging station, your potential customers will likely go somewhere else.

This will require innovation in terms of logistics, as parking infrastructures built without EVs in mind aren’t multi-purpose facilities, and you could have problems with congestion if this isn’t taken into account.

Making sure buffer zones are included in the design will ensure that there is dedicated space for cars to wait without affecting the experience of other customers.

However, if Volkswagen’s view for the future is the correct one, then you could have entirely different design questions to deal with. They designed, built and tested a series of EV-charging robots back in 2019 – with a whole range of futuristic possibilities for drivers.

These robots are capable of autonomously seeking out cars on low charge and charging them while you’re away – that’s right, the charging point of the future could be coming to you, rather than the other way around.

This will still require significant rethinking about the structure of car parks, as it will need an internal system that manages, powers and maintains these robots – while making them safe to be around and secure from theft or tampering.

The installation of these systems will likely be costly and will require both increased security as well as increased internet connectivity, which isn’t unusual as all industries continue to modernise. It would likely be more costly to be left behind by such a revolutionary technology.

Diversifying your Car Parks

Advances in EV technology have seen not just the emergence of electric cars, but also electric scooters, bikes and Segways. Hugely popular in urban areas, these highly mobile and energy efficient small vehicles are great for short distances, with many local authorities trialling their use at this moment.

Similar to instant taxi services such as Uber and Lyft, most car parking infrastructure is not designed to deal with these new, modern methods of transport – meaning your car park could bemissing out on valuable income.

Implementing e-scooter and e-bike parks will bring much more footfall to your carpark, even if they’re not parking a car there – which is great for advertising income. Pricing will have to be competitive though, as users of council initiatives can park their vehicles in free, conveniently located spots.

Automating your Car Parks

Looking slightly further forward, automated cars are very much on the horizon – with Tesla, Google and Apple among the biggest names to be innovating in this field.

When pondering the logistics of automated car parks, many have imagined the system working like a valet service – with your car dropping you off at the entrance, paying contactless and finding a spot while you go about your daily activities.

It would then return to you when you come back – meaning that a set up at the front of the building, much like a taxi rank, could work well.

Automation removes having to consider pesky human error – meaning that design can be streamlined to work perfectly for machines, without compromising on the comfort and health of real people. One example is making car park spaces slightly smaller, as the need for walking space has been removed.

Choose Britannia Parking for your modern, creative and innovative car-parking solutions

Whether you’re thinking about the car parks of today or tomorrow, looking to generate income from some private land or hoping to reclaim your car park for your customers, then Britannia are here to help.

Vastly experienced in the car parking sector and custodians of hundreds of sites, we have the knowledge and expertise you need when taking your next car parking venture. Contact us to discuss your requirements.