European parking operator Apcoa and micromobility company Tier Mobility are partnering to launch an international strategic partnership that will see parking garages used as bases for Tier’s charging cabinets.
The service will initially be rolled out in the German city of Düsseldorf with Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg set to follow by the end of the year.
The partnership is based on the Apcoa Urban Hubs infrastructure which aims to offer more convenience, reduces logistics costs and increases sustainability.
The move follows the announcement of a similar project last month in the German city of Stuttgart in which Apcoa has teamed with micromobility specialist Swiftmile.
The partnership will allow Tier to set up designated parking areas for e-scooters around Apcoa parking garages so that Apcoa’s customers can easily and conveniently switch from their cars to e-scooters.
Under the Apcoa Urban Hubs brand, Apcoa is expanding the functionality of its parking garages in city-centre locations and making them available to selected strategic partners to offer an enhanced range of parking-adjacent services.
Following the launch in several German cities, there are also plans to expand the international partnership to include parking facilities in Poland, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden and Norway.
“We are currently exploring more promising partnerships with numerous potential partners, all of whom appreciate the high density of our car park network and the fact that 230 million consumers live and work within easy reach of our properties in European city centres,” said Niels Christ, director Urban Hubs, Apcoa Parking Holdings.
Apcoa sees substantial revenue potential from opening up more than 1.5 million parking spaces and over 1.9 million square metres of available logistics space to urban logistics, mobility, electric charging infrastructure and other technology services. Its strategic partners include Bosch, BVG, Daimler, E.on, Here Technologies, Reef, Sixt, Swiftmile and UFO Drive.
Philipp Haas, vice president expansion and central operations at Tier, reckons the new partnership with Apcoa will reduce logistics traffic, enhance its service and reduce CO2 emissions and such benefits can be achieved because of the removable, lithium-ion batteries its e-scooters use.
He added: “Tier’s network can now significantly expand thanks to the company’s strategic partnership with Apcoa. Rather than charging our fleet of vehicles every day at a large warehouse on the outskirts of the city like our competitors, we rely on small charging stations in central locations.”