Shared micromobility operator Ginger has partnered with UK start-up Qi Managed Services Ltd to launch multi-vehicle docking stations.
As part of Ginger’s participation in the OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) funded Innovate UK programme, Virgin Park & Charge (VPACH), Ginger and Qi are first establishing the stations in Middlesbrough.
This represents another first for Middlesbrough, where Ginger, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and Middlesbrough Borough Council launched the first UK e-scooter trial in July 2020.
Qi has launched its DOCK LOCK CHARGE solution (powered by Duckt), and the partners aim to roll out stations across Ginger’s trial zones.
The solution allows for both e-bikes and e-scooters to be docked and charged in the same infrastructure, which helps create a standard for micromobility parking.
This unique approach aims to help reduce street clutter, while the on-street charging should contribute towards a more sustainable way of charging vehicles, as well as significantly reducing the operational costs.
DOCK LOCK CHARGE’s goal is to implement a universal standard in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, working alongside local policymakers and micromobility operators for the implementation of docking and charging standards for all.
The solution has gained “brand ambassador” status from the British Parking Association & Department For Transport’s national Park Active strategy, with a goal of enabling active travel choices to build and maintain healthier communities.
Following the announcement, Ginger CEO Paul Hodgins said: “Micromobility is maturing. We believe fundamentally that having a hybrid system of dedicated parking and in-field charging stations will keep structure in our towns, make operations more efficient, and ensure vehicles stay available for usage, just like the system for cars.
“Micro vehicles will evolve, as will charging technology, and therefore it is important to keep multi-vehicle flexibility. We’re excited about working together with our partners to introduce this new infrastructure to the UK.”
Qi Director Paul Tyrrell added: “Following ARUP’s recent report, they advise transport authorities for a universal approach for infrastructure. We are delighted to be able to start this journey here in the UK.”
The full ARUP report can be found here.