Tech solution enables drivers to charge vehicles and pay for parking simultaneously
Flowbird, a leading provider of parking technology solutions, has implemented its first ever electric vehicle (EV) charge points with combined parking payments to expand its footprint into the burgeoning EV market.
The company has partnered with ChargePoint provider Innogy eMobility and payment provider, Paythru, to install two state-of-the charging points for Napier Parking at its busy Pall Mall Car Park in Barnsley. As this site has seen significant investment, it felt fitting that Napier Parking wanted a modern and fit-for-purpose EV charging solution.
The charge points installed are three-phased, which can give out 22kWh charge. The units are also compatible with EVs that operate on single-phase charging, future-proofing this infrastructure so that cars made by Tesla, Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai, Nissan, Kia, Opel and Mercedes can be charged in the future.
Jamie de Savary, Managing Director of Napier Parking, commented: “Flowbird is known in the parking industry as being a provider of solutions that are reliable and have a long shelf-life. We’re confident EV users will have a stress-free experience when charging their vehicles and paying for parking provision.”
As well as offering fast and reliable EV charging, the new Flowbird charge points have an easy-to-use app to accept payment for both parking and charging, making this a genuine park and charge solution. The technology and the operation of the charge points comprises Innogy’s physical infrastructure, combined with Paythru’s back-office software for processing payments.
Flowbird also provides 24/7 user support which will allow customers to call in the unlikely event there is an issue. In addition, the charge points will be covered by Flowbirds fully comprehensive maintenance contract ensuring that the units are available at all times.
It was clear that the EV industry was getting a poor reputation as over 50% of charge points are not working. Therefore it was Flowbird’s intention to provide a solution and support that provides car park operators with the confidence that their customers can charge vehicles when needed and pay for parking all in one session.
Flowbird sees the EV charging market as key in the future, as there is groundswell and government-support to push take up of new electric vehicles – and existing ones – to form an essential part of the future of motoring.
Danny Hassett, Flowbird’s Managing Director Smart City UK, commented: “Parking and charging go hand in hand, and need to be considered as one challenge. At Flowbird we have an in depth understanding of this market, trusted relationships with local authorities, and detailed data on parking patterns around the UK. Now we have established partnerships with leading EV providers and installers, we can offer a strategic partnership to help local authorities design and deliver their EV charging strategy. What sets Flowbird’s offering apart from competitors is we offer the complete package of installation and after sales support.”
Flowbird now “plans to make rapid expansion” into the EV charging market.
Flowbird’s full range of parking, transport, and charging technologies, alongside data-driven insights, help local authorities evolve with the needs of their users, young and old. Our sixty years’ experience as a trusted Local Authority partner, and our market-leading service support, make us the perfect partner to navigate changing demographics, digitalisation, and climate pressures.