I love this article! Great to see Ford Mobility pushing the bounds once again and ensuring the community is at the heart of everything it does. Mobility is constantly changing and so much collaboration is needed to truly make mobility sustainable, safe, equitable, and fun!
Hello Boratha Tan , thank you for your questions. We love to hear challenging situations such as the one you just presented regarding the bike lanes. The Greenspot team is open to discussing all innovative solutions. Some that come to mind are: (1) installing the charging stations in between the bike lanes and the roadway so as not to cut off the bike lanes. Something similar to this is in NYC, where many streets are designed where the bike lane is between the sidewalk and a small raised curb. On the other side of the small raised curb is designated car parking and then next to the designated car parking is street traffic. In our case, instead of the small raised curb, we could install our charging stations; (2) installing the charging stations on the sidewalk as seen on the photo above and then redirecting the bike path around the electric vehicles for that specific area; and (3) installing the charging stations on the sidewalk and then running the cord with the plug under the bike path and "docking" the port on the other side of the bike path (most innovative but costly). Of all the options, the first seems the most cost reasonable and also serves a double purpose as it adds one more layer of protection for bikers on the bike path. As for your second question regarding electrical infrastructure and charging rates, the amount of electrical infrastructure needed on location depends on the amount of charging stations installed. Typically one Level II, 25 kW charging station which has dual ports (can charge two cars at the same time) requires 208 volts (480 volts for DCFC stations). As you expand you require more power. However, Greenspot has never had an issue with needing power in major redevelopment locations. As for the docking stations for electric scooters or bicycles, compared to the charging stations, the power required is minimal. A docking station can be placed near our charging stations with ease and pull from the charging station's powerline. As for our electric vehicle charging rates, typically we adjust our rates based on the time of day. During the day, our rates are about $2/hour and overnight our rates are dropped to accommodate drivers' needs since we don't want drivers' having to move their vehicle overnight.