Smart parking for electric vehicles in Spain
The city of Murcia unveils smart parking sensors for electric vehicles. According to a recent study by Bloomberg, sales of electric cars are set to grow from a record 1.1 million worldwide in 2017 to 11 million in 2025 and 30 million in 2030. Murcia, like other cities, also plays its part by encouraging citizens to use these vehicles.
The city is innovating to encourage e-mobility. Murcia’s e-mobility manager, Jaime Ruiz Huescar, who recently led a live chat on shared mobility on Convercities, is committed to a new e-mobility project. Murcia dedicates some parking spaces exclusively to electric vehicles and monitors their occupancy through smart sensors installed in each one of the parking bays. A mobile application can also tell drivers whether the bay is free or not, thus making commuting more comfortable.
50 parking spaces are dedicated throughout the city to encourage the use of electric vehicles.
These parking bays are highly visible since most of them are in central areas of Murcia. Their location has been defined with the help of the Catholic University of San Antonio’s transport department. Among the chosen criteria are the population census of the area, the number of existing parking places and the existence of mobility attraction centers.
The installed sensors indicate availability of parking spaces in real time following the process explained below.
This pilot may only be a first step if results (demand and average occupancy) are good enough at the end of 2018. The whole system is economically viable since the low energy consumption of the Sigfox technology enables the sensors’ battery to last more than 2 years.
Many thanks to our Convercities member who shared his project story with us! We look forward to hear more and discuss about the results on Convercities.