Six electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at Richmond Hospital.
Photo courtesy Vancouver Coastal Health
Richmond Hospital celebrates Earth Day by installing six EV charging stations
Published 12:21 PDT, Fri April 23, 2021
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
Just in time to celebrate Earth Day, Richmond Hospital is now home to six electric vehicle charging stations.
But it only represents the first phase of what will be the largest installation of electric vehicle chargers in British Columbia.
The project will see a total of 30 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations installed on the ground floor of the Richmond Hospital parkade which will be available for staff, medical staff and patients with electric vehicles requiring a charge.
The service is first-come, first-served and free of change. EV charging etiquette is in place. Pre-registration is not necessary, but staff will be required to display a valid employee parking pass.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is committed to reducing energy consumption and reliance on carbon-producing fossil fuels, supporting projects that provide environmental health benefits to its staff and community.
According to a recent VCH survey, 34 per cent of staff plan to own an electric vehicle. The province passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act on May 30, 2019 which requires automakers to meet an escalating annual percentage of new light-duty ZEV sales and leases, reaching 100 per cent of light-duty vehicle sales by 2040.
The EV charging station installation was made possible by funding from the Carbon Neutral Capital Program and the B.C. Ministry of Health.
The next phases of EV charging station installation project will be rolled out based on demand and feedback.
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