As more people embrace electric vehicles, more institutions are realizing the necessity for installing car charging stations. Unlike gas cars, electric cars charge where they are parked, which means that drivers want to plug in while running errands or going to work. In the healthcare industry, an increasing number of hospitals and doctor’s offices are now installing EV charging stations as an amenity.
Here are three benefits of installing electric vehicle charging stations at your hospital or healthcare facility.
1. Improve Patient and Staff Convenience
Maybe the most obvious reason to buy charging stations is to support the doctors and staff members who drive electric cars. Besides the home, the workplace is the most popular place to charge. Depending on the vehicle model, battery capacity, charge level, and station type, an charging an electric vehicle may take as little as 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. (On average, an EV driver can expect to receive about 25 miles of range per charging hour at a Level 2 station.) Your medical and administrative staff will find it convenient to charge at your hospital, especially because they can find their vehicle fully charged at the end of a long shift.
But EV charging stations are not just beneficial to medical professionals – they also support patients and visitors. For patients receiving medical care, or for friends and family visiting a loved one, smart charging stations are a useful amenity. A 2018 Pew Research Center survey found that “Rural Americans live an average of 10.5 miles from the nearest hospital, compared with 5.6 miles for people in suburban areas and 4.4 for those in urban areas.” And for patients that must travel further to see their primary care doctor or a specialist, charging stations are even more necessary! As more Americans switch to electric cars, they will look for charging stations at their medical appointments.
2. Reduce Air Pollution and Emissions
Between your patients, visitors, and staff, hospitals experience a lot of traffic. According to the EPA, the typical internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Conversely, electric vehicles do not produce direct emissions to the atmosphere. Installing electric vehicle charging stations encourages your employees to buy zero emissions electric vehicles. That means that as more employees and visitors switch to electric cars, your facility will see a decrease in local air pollution!
Healthcare experts agree that air pollution is a detriment to personal and public health. For example, it can cause asthma and cardiovascular disease, and impede lung development in children. Reducing the number of internal combustion engine vehicles on the road leads to less CO2 and greenhouse emissions. Secondly, reducing the number of ICE vehicles also means reducing noise pollution from loud engines. With noise pollution linked to issues such as anxiety, high blood pressure, and stroke, silent EVs promote a healthier environment. It’s a new way to support good health!
3. Enhance Sustainable Operations
Finally, EV charging stations support operations. Not only are patient amenities and corporate sustainability important factors when a patient is choosing a new doctor, but they help you save money too. If your facility manages a fleet of shuttles, buses, or ambulances, electrifying your fleet will reduce your annual maintenance costs. With fewer moving parts and zero oil changes, you can save significantly on managing your fleet. Not only is electricity cheaper than gasoline, but with SemaConnect, you can even schedule your fleet charging sessions for off-peak energy rates.
Leading healthcare facilities are already installing electric vehicle charging stations to support staff members and community members. Is your hospital or office next? Click here to request your quote for smart EV charging today!