SWARCO Parking & eMobility UK, developers of solutions for the safe management and access of vehicles and people in SMART cities and environments, has been awarded official Go Ultra Low Company status. As a Go Ultra Low Company SWARCO is recognised for its commitment to sustainability reflected in its current and future plans for the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in its fleet.
Launched in 2016 by Go Ultra Low, the government and auto industry campaign, which exists to increase awareness of electric cars. The initiative recognises those companies that are already embracing EVs as well as those that have plans to increase their commitment.
eVolt UK, the EV charge point supplier that was set up in 2010 as SWARCO’s eMobility brand has to date supplied 5,023 commercial EV charging stations and is the preferred supplier to 83 local authorities in the UK. While some of its employees already drive EVs, eVolt is converting all engineers and sales employees based in Scotland to BMW i3s. Further to this, SWARCO is committed to boosting its EV uptake over the next five years as part of a longer-term strategy, which will also include its parking technology business APT Skidata and the ticketless parking payment specialists Veri-park.
“It makes sense from a commercial and environmental perspective for us to convert our field based teams to EVs as they are already clocking up the miles,” says Sean Dunstan, Group Managing Director at SWARCO Parking & eMobility UK, “The eVolt division is the perfect place to start. Our engineers are responsible for installing and servicing EV chargers up and down the country and are in the ideal position to make the transition. They will also be able to use their new EVs to fully test our charging units while servicing to ensure they deliver the full available power.
“We know from experience that the charging infrastructure to keep a busy team of engineers and sales people on the road is expanding all the time,” Sean adds. “So we are pleased to be making this change, which will in time cascade through the company.”
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We welcome SWARCO Parking & eMobility UK to the Go Ultra Low Companies scheme. By embracing electric vehicle technologies in its pioneering plans for SMART cities and environments, the business’s ambitions and values match those of Go Ultra Low. We look forward to seeing SWARCO continue its role as an ambassador for electric vehicles, encouraging the uptake of plug-in technology as part of the Go Ultra Low Companies initiative.”
SWARCO – the Austrian-based traffic technology corporation of Tyrolean entrepreneur Manfred Swarovski – is an international group providing the complete range of products, systems, services and solutions for road safety and intelligent traffic management. With almost five decades of experience in the industry, SWARCO supports the growing mobility needs of society with turnkey systems and solutions in road marking, urban and interurban traffic control, parking, public transport, detection, infomobility and energy-efficient, LED-based signaling and lighting technology. The Group consists of roughly 80 companies in 24 countries with a total staff of almost 2700 employees and annual revenues of almost half a billion Euro.
Go Ultra Low
Go Ultra Low is a ground-breaking joint government and industry campaign which aims to increase purchase consideration of electric vehicles by helping motorists and fleets understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of the wide range of electric vehicles on the market.
The campaign is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and eight vehicle manufacturers working in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The vehicle manufacturers currently supporting the campaign are: Audi, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.