According to a new European survey conducted by the tech company EasyPark Group, the majority of Europeans are considering buying an electric vehicle, either as their next car or in the near future. Searching for a parking spot is what annoys people the most about parking, and the survey also shows that the ability to easily find a free parking spot is the innovation that most people are looking for in the future.
In an extensive European survey, the tech company EasyPark Group explores attitudes and behaviours towards mobility in general and parking in particular. The results show that the interest for electric vehicles is huge among Europeans, and more than half of the population (51%) says they are considering buying an electric car. According to those who already own an electric car today, there are however challenges with too few charging stations, that the charging stations are difficult to find and that the charging is too slow.
“It is very positive that there is great interest in electric cars throughout Europe, and it is a clear indication that the demands on the ecosystem supporting both ownership and usage will increase significantly. At EasyPark Group we are proud to be a part of the shift people are looking for, by providing necessary solutions to vehicle charging as easily as possible”, says Johan Birgersson, CEO at EasyPark Group.
The survey also concludes that approximately one third (29%) of Europeans are currently using parking apps to pay for parking. The numbers vary between countries and in Sweden for example, they are twice as high with more than two thirds of the population using parking apps. Not having to deal with coins along with the opportunity to flexibly adapt one's parking time on the go are two of the main benefits according to the respondents. Looking at the parking experience, what annoys people the most is having to look for free parking spots (36%). More than one third (32%) have trouble finding a parking spot at least once a month. In southern Europe, the corresponding number is 50 percent. The ability to easily be directed to free parking spaces is also the innovation that most Europeans (39%) are looking for in the future.
“I think most drivers can agree that circulating the city searching for an available spot isn't a pleasant experience. It also means unnecessary emissions from fossil fuel vehicles. Therefore, we continue to work on improving our intelligent service Find, which is based on data and AI to help drivers find available parking spaces, directly in the EasyPark app. For the cities where Find is already implemented, this is an important milestone in making cities more sustainable and liveable”, concluded Johan Birgersson.
Cities and towns would become more sustainable with improved public transport and better facilities. A case in point is for example, better commerce where people can walk to instead of having to drive out of town to those soulless malls. Not to mention better quality of commerce overall (as opposed to the dark, dingy, shabby shops which litter towns and villages in the Algarve for example, often only selling tourist junk).
By K from Algarve on 04 Dec 2021, 17:07
Set up parking hubs outside major towns and cities and provide free transport in. Problem solved.
By Ian from Lisbon on 05 Dec 2021, 08:04