Parking and charging solution aims to ‘unify’ EV charging worldwide

Parkopedia has introduced Park and Charge, a solution the parking service provider claims unifies the ‘fragmented’ public charging for electric vehicles (EV) drivers globally.

Making use of a database of 70 million parking spaces across 15,000 cities and 89 countries, the service, according to Parkopedia, addresses driver “pain points” surrounding public charging, including:

locating EV charger locations using POI data, including chargers located within inside indoor facilities without GPS
enabling charger activation, regardless of service provider
enabling payments, regardless of provider, as well as comprehensive reporting and billing systems.

Charging infrastructure

Management consulting firm McKinsey also estimates that as much as $180bn must be invested this decade to satisfy global demand for EV charging stations, however, the number of available chargers is only one barrier to entry, with poor perception of the usability of public charging infrastructure being another.

Parking and charging are interconnected experiences – a car must be parked to charge. Only a solution that successfully combines both services can create the complete user experience required by drivers, according to Parkopedia.

By drawing together existing assets and aggregating industry players, such as charge point operators (CPOs) and e-mobility service providers (EMSPs), Parkopedia’s integrated in-car solution sets out to bridge the ‘disconnect’ between parking and charging industries and services – to enable frictionless parking and charging for drivers.

“Our current, award-winning and market-leading parking data and payment services means we are ideally situated within the industry to tackle the huge task of simplifying the EV charging network for drivers,” said Eugene Tsyrklevich, founder and CEO of Parkopedia,

“With Park and Charge, we have created a service that not only solves the pain points for existing EV drivers but provides automakers with the necessary elements to entice further drivers into electric vehicles.”

Parkopedia intends to roll out the service globally but will start in Europe and North America.

By using innovative data collection technology, including proprietary software, computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as establishing key partnerships to expand coverage and maintain data accuracy, Parkopedia claims it is able to provide automakers with an ‘unrivalled’ dataset. It reports its modelling research is also able to predict parking space, and EV charger availability, accurately, regardless of the existing infrastructure.

Parkopedia launched in-car parking payments in 2014 in partnership with Volvo, and, earlier in 2021, announced a payment platform to include a wider range of vehicle-centric, such as “pay-at-the-pump” fuelling, tolling fees and now, EV charging payments.

The company said its single sign-on platform capability eliminates existing barriers to entry, such as the need to swipe a card to unlock a charging station, delivering a heightened level of connected service to drivers and simplifying management for automakers.