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Central Parking, a nationwide parking garage company responsible for 1.1 million parking spots -- and its Tennessee-based subsidiary USA Parking Systems -- will soon host electric car charging facilities at 2,220 of its parking garages.
Under an agreement signed earlier this week, the Car Charging Group will install Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint charging stations at locations throughout the U.S. In exchange, Central Parking will be eligible to purchase up to five percent of the Car Charging Group.
With Central Parking’s garages in a variety of places from airports through to hospitals, office complexes, stadiums and municipalities, the charging stations should help encourage more people to make the switch from gasoline to electric.
Unlike some charging stations, the funding for the charging stations themselves come from the company installing the charging stations and not the garage owner. In this way, the charging infrastructure provider assumes responsibility for the upkeep of the charging stations while the garage owner gains the extra business of electric car owners.
We’re not sure if Central Parking is responsible for the upkeep of any Ikea parking garages, but if not we’d recommend it considers striking up a partnership with the Swedish furniture company: A study earlier this week revealed that the most regularly frequented electric car charging station in the whole of London, England was at an Ikea store.