MANHASSET, NY – A grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently allowed North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) to install an electric vehicle charging station, only the second hospital on Long Island to do so.
The electric car charging station allows two vehicles at a time to plug in and power up, and accommodates either a completely electric-run vehicle or a hybrid car. The dual charging station features 220 volt outlets and cars will be able to charge for free for two hours. After that users will be billed $2 an hour. Users will need to obtain a Charge Point America Charge Pass to access an outlet. The cards serve as a debit card and are accepted at charging stations nationwide.
The NYSERDA grant was facilitated through the Greater Clean Cities Coalition-Long Island and required a residential location, so the electric car charging station was located on NSUH’s medical resident housing complex.
“Initially, residents, family members and employees in the complex will have access to the charging station,” said Lisa Burch, director of sustainability and social responsibility at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “This electric car charging station is a wonderful first step in helping to support owners of electric vehicles that reduce emissions and carbon pollutants. Our goal is to expand the electric car charging stations at other hospitals and facilities across the health system and encourage employees to consider electric vehicles. ”
Roxana Sherrill, RN, who works at Employee Health Services at NSUH, had the honor of being the first person to use the charger, powering up her hybrid 2013 Toyota Prius.
“I was motivated to get a hybrid car because it saves me a lot of money on gas commuting to work and I’m doing something positive for the environment,” explained Ms. Sherrill. She said she previously owned a minivan and her commute from her home in Babylon to Manhasset was 64 miles round trip, and cost her about $400 a month for gas. Now, Ms. Sherrill’s monthly gas bill is $100. “I’ve been waiting for the hospital to install an electric car charger…it’s more convenient for me to plug in at my workplace.” As an extra bonus, Ms Sherrill’s car has a Clean Pass Vehicle sticker so she can ride in the HOV lane, adding, “I save time going to work and home and I’m able to spend more time with my family. It’s a win-win situation.”
Through the NYSEDA grant, ChargePoint provided the $8,969 electric car charging unit and will reimburse NSUH for up to $6,000 for installation which was completed by the hospital’s engineering staff.