EVs and hybrids will get a 10% discount on parking, while SUVs and other “gas guzzlers” will pay a 10% surcharge.
Boston’s new Green Park & Charge will make EV drivers smile, and diehard Hummer fans curse. Not only will the EV charging and parking facility be built on the site of a former gas station, but EVs and hybrids will get a 10% discount on parking, while SUVs and other “gas guzzlers” (if any show up) will pay a 10% surcharge.
Green Park & Charge will be a partnership between the ironically-named Dinosaur Capital Partners, a real estate development firm, and Streetline, a provider of parking technology. The site, in the Bulfinch Triangle area in downtown Boston, is passed by some 35,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day. There will be no fee for charging – motorists pay only for parking.
Streetline’s patented smart parking platform detects the presence of a car through wireless sensors in each parking space, and delivers information on available spaces to a free smartphone application called Parker. Once parked, motorists can use the app to keep track of how much charging time remains.
“Electric cars are gaining in popularity,” said Scott Oran, a founding partner of Dinosaur Capital. “With Green Park & Charge, we are not only transforming a brownfield gas station site into an eco-friendly facility; our goal, working with Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Transportation Department, is to encourage green driving alternatives. We are pleased to be collaborating with Streetline to tap the latest in smart parking technology to provide real-time parking availability to Boston motorists…particularly those looking to find available EV charging facilities.”
“Green Park & Charge will be a state-of-the art parking facility that will become a showcase as other developers across the country look to build eco-friendly parking facilities – and help the US reach its goal of becoming the first country with more than one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015,” said Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline. “Streetline is the leader in smart parking and we're pleased to be working with Dinosaur Capital Partners to make finding an EV charging station easier for Boston motorists.”