At Elite Parking, we like to stay informed about industry trends including technology. The challenges the parking industry faces may differ significantly around the globe, but technology is bridging the gaps. The Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit, a group comprised of parking associations from around the world, recently took a survey that involved parking professionals from 21 countries. The results revealed some basic similarities along with a few country-specific differences.

Parking management considers rising needs of EV Charging Stations

There is a rise in the demand for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide.
Especially within the past two years, leaving some jurisdictions requiring parking facilities to provide
electric conduit, which would create the infrastructure for the addition of more charging stations in the
future. Clients are forecasted to continue to try to meet their need for more stations as the EV industry
grows and more staff, employees, and customers require such need.

In a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, the Electric Vehicle Outlook forecasts, “The
EV revolution is going to hit the car market even harder and faster than BNEF predicted a year ago. EVs
are on track to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040. Tumbling battery prices mean that EVs will
have lower lifetime costs, and will be cheaper to buy, than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars in most
countries by 2025-29.”

According to Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez, this means that parking management
companies need to be prepared to provide easier accessibility to these stations, especially for those who
are disabled.

“Parking industry professionals need to consider better ways to provide access to these stations,” said
Perez-Sanchez.

Organizations such as The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) currently does not address a methodology for the installation of accessible electric vehicle charging stations, but a federal agency
called the United States Access Board does advise that parking facilities address concerns for the access
to EV charging stations by people with disabilities prior to installation.

Some of the concepts addressed included:

EV charging stations should not count towards the minimum number of accessible vehicle parking
spaces required in a parking facility.

There should be a number of charging stations, which are dedicated to people in wheelchairs and have
an accessible path.

Consideration needs to be taken when locating the right spot for these stations so that cords do not
block pedestrian paths or accessible routes when plugged into a vehicle.

Accessible EV charging spaces should adhere to the same plans used to distribute other ADA parking
spaces on-site.

Charging equipment should not block access aisles or parking spaces.

The ADA globally addresses the concept of providing equivalent facilitation for EV charging stations.
Within their guidelines they suggest that parking facilities with existing EV charging stations, but no
adequate accessibility apply the same standards used with other accessibility requirements.

Elite oversees yearly holiday event at Xporta Inc

Elite Parking managed and oversaw the valet parking for Xporta’s recent holiday party to celebrate the
end of the year. More than 300 people attended a party thrown in honor of Roca Tile USA, a world-wide
leader in manufacturing, distributing and marketing of high-quality ceramic tiles.

“They did a great job for us. We were very happy with their work,” said Xporta President, Pablo
Calatrava.

Xporta Inc. was founded in 199 and is located at 1444 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite #212, Miami, Fl. It’s a
private U.S. company that encourages investment and trade between the United States and any foreign
country. They work closely with private companies and foreign government agencies in maintaining,
increasing and promoting their products in the U.S and Latin American markets through areas including
operation set-up; management consulting and international business development.

“It was great working with Xporta, and we look forward to providing event parking solutions for their
diverse clientele in the future,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

Elite Parking is premier parking management company headquarters in the heart of the Miami Design
District. They service all areas of Southeast Florida including: Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Brickell,
Midtown, Design District, Wynwood and Coconut Grove. They specialize in parking services such as
parking management, valet parking, parking planning, technology integration, staffing and training and
marketing programs.

Elite Parking oversees valet parking for David Grutman’s new restaurant, Planta

Elite is excited to be handling the parking operations for Planta, a Toronto plant-based eatery, which
recently opened its door in Miami Beach.

“We are happy to be part of this new venture by ensuring to uphold the company’s standards and make
sure that each guest’s experience is impeccable from the beginning to the end,” said Elite’s Managing
Partner Ruben Perez Sanchez.

Planta debut in early 2018, and is in partnership with David Grutman, the Miami hospitality
entrepreneur best known for area favorites including: Komodo in Brickell; LIV at the Fontainebleau and
OTL in the Design District.

According to Grutman, who avoids dairy and egg products, Planta will attract culinary aficionados from
all walks including carnivores who will come just for the amazing food and music.

The concept behind the restaurant space is to blend great mixology, music, and food all into one exciting
experience that draws people in whether they are looking for lunch or dinner.

Planta is located at 850 Commerce Street, Miami Beach and has an extensive menu including dishes
such as coconut ceviche, cauliflower tots, a burger, plant-based crab cakes and an “18-carrot” dog. The restaurant also offers a vegetable sushi bar and cold-pressed cocktails.

Elite understands that the first touch of customer service restaurant guests receive is through their valet
representative, so we strive to set high industry standards of guest service. Elite’s valets are always
ready to serve every guest with a smile and professionalism. Each of their valets are well-trained and
know how to efficiently deal with guests, getting them promptly back into their cars and on the road.