Drivers can “Plug In“ while at Work, Shopping, Meeting, Eating or Sleeping
Philadelphia, October 18…..Parametric Associates LLC, has announced it has just completed installation of eight electric car 2-plug charging stations – able to service up to 16 cars at a time – in its parking garage at The Convention Center Garage at 11th and Arch Streets which also services guests of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
This is the first public garage in the Philadelphia region to offer this service to drivers says Josephine Wang, executive vice president of Switzenbaum & Associates, which is an affiliate of Parametric Associates.
“We are still in the infancy stages of this industry,” she said. “We feel that as more drivers become aware of need to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil – they will want to purchase electric cars which will need charging stations in central location that are easily accessible.” The 706-car parking facility is near the Reading Terminal Market, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, The Gallery Shopping Mall and the Market Street Commercial District east of Philadelphia’s City Hall.
“This is a great example of how businesses are helping to keep Philadelphia on the cutting edge of green technologies,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “The City of Philadelphia is proud of its innovative private sector that is willing to support early adopters of alternative fuel vehicles. The commitment of the Convention Center Parking Garage is an example of how diverse stakeholders can play a role in helping to make Philadelphia a leading green city.”
“We put the cart before the horse to offer a convenient, secure 24/7 access,” to drivers of energy efficient cars for their car charging needs. ” said Wang. Parametric Associates expects to expand these capabilities in the next year as more consumers acquire electric cars.
The quick-charging stations installed at the Convention Center Garage are convenient to use and allow drivers to “fuel-up” while their autos are not in use. “We expect to install additional quick car charging stations as the market demands.”
A battery-only electric vehicle or all-electric vehicle derives all its power from its battery packs and has no internal combustion engine, fuel cell, or fuel tank. In 2011 several auto manufacturers introduced battery-operated cars in the United States and claim that there is an increase in pre-orders as consumers hit sticker shock at gas stations. Plug–in auto manufacturers brag that most EVs can travel between 50-150 miles before a need to be recharged making them a perfect alternative for urban commuters that prefer the convenience of cars to public transportation.
Parametric selected Coulomb Technologies because it is the leading electric vehicle charging (EV) solutions company says Wang. Powering smart cars, or EVs, needs to be convenient, quick and easy, not a lengthy process. Access to charging stations, as in the Parametric Garage, helps to relieve “range anxiety” of consumers.
Coulomb recently introduced its ChargePoint Network, the largest global online network connecting electric vehicle drivers to unoccupied charging stations in over 14 countries. ChargePoint offers EV owners flexible payment options, 24/7 driver support and mobile phone applications, which include station locations, turn-by-turn navigation and availability.
Philadelphia-based Switzenbaum & Associates is the developer of Hilton Garden Inn at 1100 Arch Street and the Parametric Associates garage. It is a fully integrated real estate investment, development and management company with an emphasis today in developing and investing in multi-family apartments.
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