When Electric Vehicle Charging Spots are Limited, Go Vertical
In congested urban area, parking spots are often limited.
That’s not holding back at least one city in China though from adding parking for electric vehicles.
Hangzhou City, China has apparently started construction of a vertical parking garage specifically for the charging of electric vehicles.
Jam-packed Hangzhou has limited space on ground level for the up to 100,000 rental EVs (provided by Kandi Technologies) it expects to have there in 5 years’ time, so the solution is obvious: go vertical.
Up to 10,000 of these Kandi EVs will be deployed in the city by Summer 2014.
Hu Xiaoming, Chairman and CEO of Kandi, issued this statement:
“The implementation of the Pure EV Sharing Public Transportation Plan will provide convenient short-term EV rental service to Hangzhou citizens and visitors, and it also builds the foundation for establishing a mini-public transportation system of pure electric vehicles. With more pure EV smart parking and charging facilities built and in use, it will greatly improve the efficiency of urban transportation and help easing major urban issues many Chinese cities are facing today, such as traffic congestion, scarcity of parking area, environmental pollution and energy shortage.”
The first vertical parking structure will be operational in “early July of 2013.”
The bold plan then calls for 30 more of these structures to be built by the end of 2013. Of course, all of them will feature charging stations throughout.
Unique idea? Or too costly to be widely applicable?