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.

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