APCOA has been working with Network Rail and EV charging equipment provider Compleo to simplify life for EV-driving car parks users at a number of railway stations which APCOA operates on behalf of Network Rail.
Its payment system, APCOA Connect, has been fully integrated with 450 EV fast-charging points to enable users to make either one single payment to cover both their EV and parking charge combined, or individual payments for Parking or EV Charging. All utilisation data for both parking and EV charging is provided to Network Rail via the APCOA Analytics dashboard suite.
The solution is already live at Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly and Reading stations, and is being extended to Edinburgh Waverley, Welwyn Garden City and Birmingham New Street station car parks during July. The system has also been installed in disabled parking bays, so the service is also available to Blue Badge holders. All EV charging points are also visible on Zap Map.
Kim Challis, APCOA's Regional Managing Director for UK & Ireland said: “We’re really pleased to have developed this solution in conjunction with Compleo to enable charging authentication and easy payment for Network Rail’s EV customers. This solution also provides a significant step towards our sustainability strategy.”
Compleo's UK Managing Director, Valentin Scheltow added: “We are delighted to partner with APCOA - Europe’s leading parking and mobility provider. I know the combined power of our two organisations working together will provide other innovative solutions.”
Jo Lewington, Network Rail's Chief Environment & Sustainability Officer, said: “As part of our wider Environmental Sustainability Strategy, we’re working towards delivering a low-emission railway and aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland and by 2050 in the rest of Britain.
“Supporting the move to electric vehicles is a key part of that. We hope that by providing affordable, efficient and reliable charging points we can encourage more electric vehicles onto the road and help promote healthier air in and around our stations.”
A core strand of APCOA's ESG strategy is to rapidly increase the provision of EV charging capability across its car park estate and this new solution for Network Rail is a valuable contribution.
• Additional parking space in the old town for the car-sharing provider’s customers
• Ten parking spaces in underground car park in Klapperhof and ten in Rheinauhafen
• Partnership promotes the use of electric vehicles and increases sustainability
APCOA Parking Deutschland has launched a new partnership with the Danish car sharing provider GreenMobility in Cologne. Ten parking spaces are now available to customers in both the Klapperhof (Im Klapperhof 13, 50670 Cologne) and Rheinauhafen (Harry-Blum-Platz 2, 50678 Cologne) underground parking facilities, where customers can pick up and drop off GreenMobility’s Renault ZOE e-cars free of charge.
The two car parks are situated in the north and south of Cologne’s old town, a heavily frequented area with limited parking. APCOA and GreenMobility are already developing plans to expand their partnership over the next few months and years, including the provision of charging points for GreenMobility’s fleet of electric vehicles. Other joint locations in German cities are also already under consideration.
“Our new partnership makes car sharing even more attractive by providing additional parking spaces”, says Frank Van der Sant, Chief Commercial Officer of the APCOA PARKING Group. “As a result, there will be fewer parked cars in public spaces. It also allows us to contribute to the mobility revolution and play our part in protecting the environment and mitigating climate change”.
Urban Hubs create an ecosystem for services
The partnership has been launched as part of APCOA’s Urban Hub strategy. With its network of Urban Hubs, Europe’s leading parking manager is creating space in its car parks for services provided by a select group of partner companies. These include, for example, car rental and car-sharing stations. APCOA will create dedicated areas within its parking facilities for these mobility services and is also planning to integrate these services into its APCOA FLOW app.
GreenMobility launches in the Rhine region with a fleet of 100 electric cars
GreenMobility already offers its customers in Cologne and Düsseldorf access to 100 fully electric cars and will triple the size of its fleet by the summer. Vehicles are not tied to stations, but can be parked freely within a designated area. Customers are invoiced on a per-minute basis, currently at a reduced price of only 9 rather than 30 cents per minute. A total of 160,000 customers are already using the GreenMobility service in eleven European cities.
“With our all-electric fleet, we offer comfortable, convenient and climate-friendly mobility at affordable prices”, says Thomas Heltborg Juul, Managing Director of GreenMobility. “We are currently in the process of establishing our services across Germany and are thrilled to have entered into this new strategic partnership with APCOA, which secures additional parking spaces at two central locations in Cologne. We are delighted to be able to help make it easier for our customers to find a parking space”.
APCOA building a better responsible business by further investing in a focused ESG programme across the Group
“At APCOA, we believe it is our responsibility to grow and develop as a company in innovative, responsible, and sustainable ways. Over many years we have taken a wide variety of measures across the ESG spectrum. We are now reinforcing our commitment and have bundled all our sustainability activities in a focused group wide ESG programme called ‘APCOA Sustainability in Action’”, says Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of APCOA PARKING Group.
Kim Challis, currently Regional Managing Director UK & Ireland is taking on the additional appointment of Group Director ESG and will lead this Group effort based on her longstanding operational experience in this field.
"The increasing urbanization, digitalization and new mobility trends are changing the urban ecosystem. With our digital and physical infrastructure, our innovative operational models, we can make a substantial contribution to a sustainable urban development. We have set ourselves ambitious targets that reflect our commitment to our colleagues, customers, clients and suppliers, our communities, and the environment we work in", explains Kim Challis.
Core measurements of the program include a clear path towards climate neutrality, a defined social agenda for the employees and the communities we are operating in, as well as an elaborate governance structure that specifies how we operate. All measures will follow the UN Global Compact Agreement which the company has signed.
On its path to climate neutrality, the company is switching to 100% renewable energy where possible, accompanied by activities to further reduce energy consumption in car parks. To help drive this initiative fast forward, APCOA has partnered with First Climate. Also participating in the EV100 initiative, APCOA is exchanging its corporate car fleet to full electric vehicles and is currently preparing to substantially extend its EV charging infrastructure by adding tens of thousands of charging points over the next few years in its car parks.
Parking activities are at the center of mobility as either a starting or an end point of a journey with a car, bus, motorbike, bicycle, or any other form of individually owned or shared transportation. APCOA is dedicated to contributing to making this ecosystem as sustainable as possible.
"We strive every day to ensure we are the trusted sustainable partner of choice for all our clients to improve their contribution to a better environment. We know that the best way to achieve these goals is through a responsible approach to business, and we are proud to be innovating towards a brighter future, mentions Philippe Op de Beeck.
- APCOA FLOW digital parking payment service joins Parkopedia’s in-car integrated payment platform solution for automakers
- Single sign-on functionality and ANPR technology will allow for seamless in-car, automated payments for drivers at an additional 1.5 million spaces across Europe
- New agreement is an extension of existing data partnership between Parkopedia and APCOA
29 March 2022 - London, UK / Stuttgart, Germany
Leading connected vehicle services provider Parkopedia has partnered with APCOA PARKING Group, Europe’s leading parking operator, to deliver automated, seamless digital parking payments that drivers now expect from within their vehicles.
By leveraging ANPR technology at APCOA’s car park locations across 13 European countries, drivers will be able to seamlessly enter and exit car parks without requiring a ticket, or needing to stop at a pay station. Known as ‘Access and Pay’, this will make parking payments quicker, easier and more convenient. Drivers will no longer need to worry about additional stay costs or fines, as the solution allows digital payments for the total time of the stay, without requiring any further action from the driver. The platform also accommodates APCOA’s dynamic pricing structure, which covers different tariffs depending on the occupancy of the car park, ensuring drivers can effortlessly cover the total cost of parking sessions, regardless of any price fluctuations.
The integration onto Parkopedia’s platform modernises frictionless payments, and meets the demand for in-car commerce services, currently growing significantly across Europe. Deeply integrated into the vehicle systems for unparalleled driver convenience services, Parkopedia’s easy to use, single sign-on technology replaces dysfunctional ‘Bring Your Own Account’ marketplace solutions, where drivers previously needed to manage multiple accounts, and encountered limited service coverage, combined with unsafe external solutions such as ‘screen mirroring’ through smartphones which distract drivers while at the wheel.
APCOA FLOW, the company’s digital platform payment service will integrate seamlessly into Parkopedia’s in-car payment platform - which allows drivers to pay for both on and off-street parking, as well EV charging, tolls and ‘pay-at-the-pump’ fueling, all via the vehicle’s infotainment screen. The platform solves the time-consuming and expensive task of aggregating a large number of service suppliers and payment providers for automakers, uniting them into a single integrated solution.
Parkopedia and APCOA previously collaborated as part of Mercedes-Benz’s Intelligent Park Pilot for the S-Class, enabling reservations and parking payments for vehicles parked using Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP) technology.
Frank van der Sant, Chief Commercial Officer at APCOA PARKING Group, said: “Our partnership with Parkopedia allows us to take our already successful automated parking and charging payment solution to the next step in driver convenience and mobility services. Our customers will now be able to benefit from our technology directly from their in-car infotainment screens without taking their focus off the road and allowing drivers to get valuable time back with peace of mind that their parking and charging payments are completely taken care of.”
Hans Puvogel, Chief Operating Officer at Parkopedia, added: “Our partnership with APCOA is a huge step forward for driver convenience technology and mobility services. Parkopedia is able to substantially increase our payment platform’s parking coverage across Europe, while APCOA can now integrate its successful parking payment services directly to the driver from within their vehicles as part of complete seamless mobility. Together, we will meet the demand for digital and automated parking services and provide lasting positive parking experiences across the continent.”