Six electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been installed at the Richmond Hospital just in time for Earth Day.
The Richmond Hospital is expected to be part of the largest installation of electric vehicle chargers in B.C. with a total of 30 EV chargers by the end of the project.
The hospital’s EV chargers are on the ground floor parkade and are available for staff, and patients with electrical vehicles requiring charging.
No pre-registration is required and chargers are on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be free of charge.
“Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is committed to reducing our energy consumption and our reliance on carbon-producing fossil fuels, supporting projects that provide environmental health benefits to our staff and our community,” said VCH in a media statement.
It added that a recent VCH survey found 34 per cent of staff had plans to own an electric vehicle.
The Province of B.C. passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEV Act) on May 30, 2019, which requires automakers to meet an increased percentage of sales and leases for new light-duty ZEV vehicles, which are used to transport passengers and light cargo.
The province aims to reach 100 per cent of only light-duty vehicles sold in B.C.by 2040.
Next phases of the EV charging station installation project in B.C. will be rolled out based on demand and feedback.