There are many reasons why people are switching to electric vehicles including cheaper cost to fuel, higher energy efficiency, federal incentives, exciting technology, and reduced environmental impact. Not only are drivers choosing to go electric, but more and more commercial properties are installing EV charging stations to encourage more drivers to make the switch. The new trend? Using EV charging stations to reduce emissions and support healthy lifestyles at hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other medical facilities.
Climate Change and Public Health
Although fueling a car with electricity costs roughly the same as fueling one with gas at $1 per gallon, the environmental costs are drastically different. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy, the national transportation sector consumed more than 13 million barrels of petroleum on a daily basis in 2014. The vast majority of this petroleum is burned by vehicles that use internal combustion engines (ICE) — gasoline-powered cars and trucks, in other words — which continue to be main sources of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
That’s certainly a problem for the environment, meaning it’s an issue for all living species. Greenhouse gases like these are known to have a huge impact on both health and climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions, such as those from ICE cars, are linked to health issues such as asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
And since climate change is predicted to cause an estimated 250,000 deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 (as a result of such threats as air pollution, “once in a lifetime” natural disasters, wildfires, droughts, and food insecurity), mitigating climate change is quite literally a matter of public health.
Healthcare Providers are Providing EV Charging, Too
For this reason many medical and healthcare facilities are choosing to install EV charging solutions on-site to promote access to zero-emissions transportation. Not only does the healthcare sector have a vested interest in helping to improve public health, but this sector is the second highest commercial energy user in the nation, according to research compiled by the Department of Energy. In fact, the sector accounted for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. And according to CBRE, more commercial property investors are expanding their medical office properties, thanks to shifts in longer lifespans and more outpatient care.
Because medical offices have the power to decrease emissions and the duty to care for the respiratory and cardiac effects of climate change on patients’ health, hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide are choosing to install EV charging stations.
Level 2 EV Charging is Perfect for Medical Facilities
Hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare centers welcome thousands of visitors and employees every day. Because these facilities receive so much traffic, they’re the ideal locations for electric car charging stations. Whether a patient’s family will be visiting for a few hours, or a staff member wants to fuel up their car during their long shift, EV charging solutions can make daily transportation that much easier. As a bonus, hospitals and healthcare facilities can actually improve overall patient and visitor satisfaction, as well as public perception, by installing these electric vehicle charging stations. Installing EV charging stations supports the hospital’s green, health-oriented message simply by reducing emissions on and near the property!
If you manage a hospital or medical office property, improving air quality and supporting public health is one of your goals. Installing EV charging stations helps your patients, visitors, and staff members switch to electric vehicles, while showing the world that you care about the environment. Thinking about adding EV charging stations to your parking in 2020? Click here to request your quote today!