Stuttgart unveils micromobility charging in urban parking garages

Swiftmile and parking operator Apcoa have inaugurated charging stations at four parking garages throughout Stuttgart, with plans to expand to more than 10 locations this autumn.

Stuttgart is set to be a “showcase city” for adapting parking infrastructure to support a shift toward micromobility which can replace an estimated six out of 10 car trips in German cities.

In a joint event with the City of Stuttgart during its “Mobility Week”, micromobility charging company Swiftmile and Europe’s largest parking operator Apcoa inaugurated charging stations at four Apcoa parking garages throughout the city. The companies plan to expand to more than 10 locations this autumn.

According to Apcoa, the partnership is a founding element of its new Urban Hubs initiative, which reimagines urban parking garages as “technology-forward ecosystems for electrification, multimodal travel, and last-mile logistics”.

“There are emerging opportunities around the globe to repurpose car parking infrastructure for the new era of urban transport, and we’re honoured to partner with Apcoa to lead this trend in Germany,” said Colin Roche, CEO of Swiftmile. “These strategically-placed Swiftmile stations will help grow sustainable modeshare in Stuttgart, and we’re eager to continue this work across other Apcoa markets.”

The first user of the charging stations will be German micromobility operator Tier, which already hosts its battery swap kiosks for e-scooters in Apcoa garages. Tier will use the Swiftmile stations to directly recharge its local fleet of 1,500 e-scooters, and to allow ‘seamless’ multimodal travel for Apcoa parking patrons.

Future iterations of this partnership may also support charging needs for Tier’s e-bike and e-moped fleet.

This collaboration is the start of an alliance between Tier and Swiftmile in Germany, between Swiftmile and Apcoa across Europe, as well as Tier and Apcoa across Europe.

“The digital and on-demand economy, especially in the field of mobility and logistics, needs a physical basis and a smart and flexible infrastructure,” said Philippe Op de Beeck, CEO of Apcoa. “With more than 11,000 sites we have created Europe’s largest network of digitally connected car parks. Our hubs combine parking with logistics and technology services, shared mobility platforms and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. We are excited to welcome Swiftmile as a partner in our locations.”

“The innovative charging stations from Swiftmile are another element in the development of a decentralised charging network in Stuttgart,” added Anna Lauffer, regional manager southern Germany at Tier.

“Thanks to the cooperation with Apcoa and Swiftmile at the Urban Hubs, we can enable a convenient switch from cars to e-scooters for the last mile.”

In June, Swiftmile partnered with Shell Brands International to fold micromobility charging into Shell’s portfolio of electric vehicle charging services.

Swiftmile has also ramped up its efforts to transform parking infrastructure in the US, most recently entering a partnership to deploy more than 100 charging stations with the Miami Parking Authority.

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